It’s a city of 86,000, after all. But this hillside town, once called the San Francisco of the North, has spectacular terrain for trails, along glacial beach terraces high above Lake Superior and on creeks that tumble down rocky ravines.
Many hikers blow through Duluth on their way to sections of the Superior Hiking Trail farther up the North Shore. But the 43 miles that cross Duluth provide the most concentrated scenery on the entire trail, lake views and waterfalls included.
“We never thought we’d be able to put a trail like that through the city of Duluth, but we did,” says Gayle Coyer, director of the Superior Hiking Trail Association. “Duluth is so amazing. In so many areas, you’re going to think you’re in a remote forest on the North Shore.”