April 30, 2014
Snowshoeing on the North Shore
Meander out into the woods on a pair of snowshoes! Snowshoeing offers lots of opportunities to explore the winter woods and view wildlife in a quiet way at your own pace. Test yourself on backcountry terrain or follow an easy wide path through the woods.
Enjoy complimentary snowshoe use at Caribou Highlands Lodge!
Stop by the front desk and we’ll gladly lend you a pair of snowshoes and make recommendations for area trails.
Winter Vacation Fun
Many of our guests have never snowshoed, but everyone has a great time giving it a try! Here is a handy list of tips for novice to seasoned snowshoers …
- Wear winter boots – the snowshoes strap right over them
- Wear layers of clothes – you can get warm out tromping through the woods, and chilly when you take a break
- Bring a snack – we love the Caribou Crossing Trail Mix – and a water bottle
- Go with someone else
- Try more than one short, easy trail first, then move up to a longer, more difficult trail
- Bring your camera!
- Steer clear of ski trails to keep them groomed for skiiers. Fines are given for those on the trails without a pass – whether they are skiing or not.
Recommended Snowshoe Trails
Superior National at Lutsen easy, great for families & novices
You can rent snowshoes, try them out over the mildly rolling hills of the golf course, and come back for cocoa at Moguls.
Oberg & Leveaux more difficult, hilly and longer distances
Follow the Superior Hiking Trails up and around Oberg or Leveaux Mountains. Both hikes allow you to traverse through maple and birch forests, up hillsides, around the peaks and back down the wooded hillsides. Nice views of Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Ridges.
Sugarbush Snowshoe Trail easy to more difficult depending on length
Explore the winter woods along this easy trail. You can turn around at any point and return, or if you are looking for a longer winter hike, this trail leads 6K (+ Leveaux Mountain Loop, if you want) over to the Onion River Road.
Cascade River State Park easy from campground, more difficult along hiking trails
Meander through cedar and pine forests, observing small critter tracks along snow tops. If you decide to follow the trail to the Cascade River, you may need to pop your ‘shoes off for a short descent to the river trail.
Pincushion Mountains Snowshoe Trail easy, great for families & novices
Head to Grand Marais and up the hill to this delightful little trail. Less than one mile, it departs from the overlook heading east through a birch woods and then curves around back over a slightly hilly terrain back to the parking area. Visit Website
George Washington Pines easy, great for families & novices
If you’ve tried snowshoeing, like it and want to get out in the woods, this is the perfect second-time-out trail choice. At just under 2 miles, the loop meanders through a pine forest, edges the Elbow River and returns through a beautiful stand of old cedar. It is a little out of the way, but safe, easy and will give you a great out-in-the-woods experience!
Rentals & Other Area Trails
Lutsen Rec Visit Website
Sawtooth Mountain Outfitters on Hwy 61 in Tofte Visit Website
MEA Weekend Battle of the Families at Caribou Highlands
2-night Spring Escape
2015 North Shore Waterfalls Report – Temperance River
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