The Superior Hiking Trail is a trail modeled after the Appalachian Trail and follows the ridge-line along Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian Border. For this hike, we chose a popular and scenic section, called the Twin Lakes Trail outside of Silver Bay, MN.
This section is a rugged up and down but the vista’s are beautiful. After a hot hike, with plenty of mosquitoes, the two highlights were a much needed refreshing swim in Bear Lake and the luscious ripe June berries and Blueberries to snack on. A warning, that in the Summer and Fall, this section is extremely popular, so if you plan on getting a campsite, get there early.
Another unexpected pleasure was running into a couple on the trail out for a day hike. They noticed the new Bushcrafter pack and asked how it was holding up on the hiking trail. It was comfortable and carried all our gear. After they swapped stories about the history of all their Duluth Packs in the family it made me realize, when you buy a Duluth Pack, you become part of a community that supports the local economy and appreciates handmade lifetime gear. Thanks Scott and Cindy! It was great to meet new DP fans!
In 1886, Duluth, Minnesota was called the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. A fitting name to all who have visited or live here. The home of the Original Duluth Pack has a rich history. A brief synopsis follows.
Our most famous landmark: the Aerial Lift Bridge
Originally this land was inhabited by the Sioux and Ojibway tribes when they were pushed further east by settlers. The 1600′s brought the French Voyaguers here for the fur trading. In 1855 when the Sault Ste. Marie canal opened it made Duluth the only port able to access both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By 1869 Duluth was the fastest growing city in the nation. The stock market crash of 1873 put a stop to our rapid growth, we peaked about 100,000 people.
With the area’s abundance of lumber and mining coupled with a vibrant shipping and railroad industries, by the early 1900 Duluth boasted more millionaires per capita than any other city in the country.
Today you can still revisit the past with our many historical buildings still preserved today.
Our flagship store in Canal Park (365 Canal Park Drive) is a block from the historic Aerial Lift Bridge, come by and tour our remarkable Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. If you do, be sure to stop in at our factory and take a tour of our shop, it’s a pretty cool place!