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lets do a section of the SHT!

Here is the itinerary for the trip. Thanks to Tom for this excellent suggestion.

Grand Marais to Judge Magney State Park


Day 1:

Everyone meet at at the Grand Marais Trailhead and shuffle car(s) to the Judge Magney State Park trailhead. Hike to West Devil Track Campsite (2.5 Mi)

Day 2:

Option 1:  West Devil Track Campsite and hike to Kadunce River Campsite (11.8Mi)

Option 2:  West Devil Track Campsite and hike to South Little Brule River Campsite (12.5 Mi)

Day 3:

Option 1:  Kadunce River Campsite to Judge Magney State Park (9.1 Mi)

Option 2:  South Little Brule River Campsite to Judge Magney State Park (8.2 Mi)

Shuttle people back to their cars and everyone meets up for a group lunch at a local restaurant in Grand Marais!


We will cover three sections of the SHT over three days of hiking, about 23 mile total. There seems to be good amount of elevation change on this part of the trail, especially on the second day and then a mile, mile and a half ;) stretch where the trail follows the shoreline on the third day before we get to Judge Magney and three waterfalls including Devils Kettle Falls.

From http://www.shta.org/index.php

Grand Marais to Cook County Road 58:

"This (first) section offers a must-see spur to the panoramic vista at the summit of Pincushion Mountain. The trail then descends and climbs out of the Devil Track River gorge and follows the canyon edge to the end of the section."

Cook County Road 58 to Kadunce River Wayside:

"There are a number of unusual features to this section of the SHT. The section begins and ends with intimate streams, from the gentle gurgle of Wood's Creek to the deep gorges of the Kadunce River, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the region's geology. The middle part of the section takes you across a unique high, wet area with two dozen footbridges. Unusual trees on this section include red oak and black spruce."

Kadunce River to Judge Magney State Park:

"This is an exciting section of the SHT, since it is the only part which is directly on the Lake Superior shoreline. It also passes many different stages of succession following logging in the area, and some classic North Shore river gorges, including that of the Kadunce River."

Judge Magney State Park to County Road 70:

In this section, the trail follows the Brule River for over two miles and features the dramatic Devil's Kettle Falls. There are no campsites in this section. However, Judge Magney State Park has 36 fee campsites in the park.

THE FINE PRINT (I know, but I have to say these things as an organizer):

Due to the nature of this trip, it a open only to those who have RSVP'd for the trip and are 18 or over. If you have a dog you would like to bring with, please run it past the group first.

This is a fairly strenuous hike covering some distance, please know your ability and be prepared for the trip. Each person will be responsible for themselves as far as supplies and personal equipment, although there would be no need for all of us to bring some items such as water filter, etc, and we will have plenty of access to water along the route. Thanks!


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  • Brent

    Great trip! Thanks everyone!

    July 13, 2014

  • Amanda P.

    Okay! So I've started packing for the trip. I'm going shopping for food stuffs today. I'm planning on packing my camp stove, unless someone else is bringing one they'd be willing to share? I'm also considering leaving it at home in lieu of cold dinners (not as awesome...).
    Just curious about your weights... My pack came out to 31 lbs for a 4 day/3 night trip last time. I was really hoping to cut down to under 30, which is why I'm considering leaving the stove at home.
    Finally, do you guys use trekking poles?? I haven't bought any yet, but I'm considering....
    Thanks in advance. I'm really excited. :)

    July 8, 2014

    • todd j

      Amanda, can you meet us at SA at 10?

      July 8, 2014

    • Amanda P.

      Eek. That's a little early, but I can make it happen I think.

      July 9, 2014

  • Thomas W.

    Was thinking of bringing my dog along on the trip... any objections?

    July 8, 2014

  • Jill B.

    Does anyone have any room in their car for another person?

    July 8, 2014

  • Shobhan "Trey" M.

    hey guys, really excited about the trip. i haven't ever really done a trip like this. did a lot of day hikes on the west coast.
    Can someone post a list of things i might need?
    just wanna make sure i have everything.

    Also do i need to get permits or campsite reservations for myself. did you mean "free" when you wrote "fee" about the campsites.

    O, and one more thing, who's willing to give me a ride.
    I live in Minneapolis, but am willing to meet somewhere else if thats easier.

    thanks in advance for all your help. cant wait!!

    July 1, 2014

    • todd j

      hey trey, here is a link to a checklist to use as a guide. http://www.rei.com/le...­ this is a very comprehensive list and you will not need everything, but go down the list and decide what you think is necessary. plan a menu for each day, watch the weather for clothing choice, etc... ask if you need advice on any specific items or have additional questions. there is no cost to access or camp on the SHT so, other than gear, your only expenses are food and travel. I think I have a full car, but Tom has offered so you may want to contact him

      July 1, 2014

  • Jason

    Sorry to bail. My Uncle Sam just advised me that I have to travel over that weekend. I am so bummed.

    June 25, 2014

  • todd j

    Hi everyone
    I will be heading out around noon, or possibly earlier, on 7/11. If anyone wants to carpool let me know, I can drive. Thanks.

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Thomas W.

      I'm going up early and can take a couple people. I'm in Arden hills, mn

      June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd be happy to offer my car but the earliest I could leave is maybe 3:30 pm

      June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone leaving later on Friday. I don't think I'll be able to leave Minneapolis before 4/5 pm. Anyone else wanna ride up then?

    June 24, 2014

  • Amanda P.

    Hello! I'm excited about this trip. Would it be possible to get a ride up north with a friendly backpacker? I'm carless. :)

    June 22, 2014

    • Amanda P.

      I think I'll join Todd & Brent. Thanks tho!

      June 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anytime :)

      June 24, 2014

  • Lila P.

    I wont be able to make this trip - anything after July 28th I'd be game for. Craig let me know what you plan for a fall trip.

    June 9, 2014

  • Thomas W.

    I recommend that everyone takes a little time on the hike in to stop and enjoy pincushion mountain!

    June 8, 2014

  • Craig M.

    I might be interested depending on timing. I am thinking of organizing a fall SHT trip.

    June 6, 2014

  • CJ

    Is it going to be a day trip or a backpacking trip. If its a backpacking trip (which is high on my interest list) how long is the trip.

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As with others, definitely want to join. my unavailable dates are July 17-20th and After August. Otherwise, I can do most weekends during the summer. Maybe July 11th?

    June 6, 2014

  • Lila P.

    Hey there! Would love to join as well depends on the date of course.

    June 6, 2014

  • todd j

    any/ all of those sound good to me. feel free to suggest a date that works for you to get the ball rolling

    June 6, 2014

  • Thomas W.

    I'm obviously going dependent on the dates that are picked. I'd like to do a northern stretch as it's been a while since I've been up there. Possibly something including one or all of these: •devils kettle
    •lake walk
    •devil track canyon
    •pin cushion mountain

    2 · June 6, 2014

    • JuliAnne

      Hey sign up so that we can plan stuff. I like that northern idea - puts me nearer to the Angry Trout cafe in Grand Marais. :)

      1 · June 6, 2014

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