The Grand Traverse (27 Mile) start is located at the Palkie Road trailhead located in Jay Cooke State Park. The first two miles are a gradual downhill until meeting up with the Superior Hiking trail and climbing out of the St. Louise river valley. The old growth forest and eskers make for a special trail experience.
The 21 Mile starts at the bottom of Ely's Peak, one of the high points of the 21 mile and 27 mile distance. Get ready to climb!
The 17 Mile starts by the Magney-Snively Park. This course starts by finding it's way down to the bottom and back to the top of Spirit Mountain Alpine ski hill. Get ready to descend and then go back up.
The 10 Mile start is located in West Duluth just off of N 68 Ave W and Westgate Road. The first mile is straight up! Wildlife, waterfalls and great views await, the city of 80,000 is just below you and you would never know. This section has ups and downs and rocky ridges.
All distances are a point to point courses on the Superior Hiking Trail. This means no loops, no out and back and all new scenery and terrain through-out the entire course.
All course markings are the Superior Hiking Trail blue blazes. Some of the tricky intersections are marked with Grand Traverse markers. The entire course is on the Superior Hiking Trail so blue blazes trump all other markings. Pay attention and know where you are.
Duluth area Superior Hiking Trail sections information is available on the SHT website.
All distances are point to point. Trailheads offer parking and access for spectators and support crew.
Parking is very limited at each trailhead. Participants are strongly encouraged to ride the shuttle bus to starting trailheads.
All starting points, except for the Palkie Road trailhead, are also rest stops.