The Superior Hiking Trail is a 296 mile stretch of foottrail from the Canadian border to Duluth, MN (our home) along the Scenic North Shore.
Starting next Monday, our retail store’s Hard Goods Buyer, Sam Levar (on the right), will be thru-hiking it with his brother, Dan.
A 6am, Sam & Dan will be dropped off north of Grand Portage, near the trailhead. “We were going to try to plan each night in advance, but I advised that we simply hike and stay flexible instead of following an itinerary. I’ve found that itineraries only make the trip more stressful than it has to be,” explains Sam.
The loose plan has them completing it in 2 weeks. “If we are on pace, we will be staying in Lizmore on the 29th, and at Spirit Mtn the night of the 30th. Then we will be finishing the hike on the 31st at Jay Cooke.” They’ll need to hike at least 21 miles per day.
Here are Sam’s thoughts on the trip: “A good buddy of mine tells a great story when he ran across an old man soloing across the boundary waters. The gent was waiting for the portage to be open because of the cluster of people and he looked at my friend and said, ‘If there’s a schedule, I’m not aware of one.’ We sort of live by that now. I plan to hike for 14 days, regardless if I finish the trail or not. I’m not doing this hike to accomplish anything or to prove to myself or others that we can do it. I’m hiking because I love being on trail and cutting out the excess of life.”
Tune back in as we’ll be updating you on their journey!