Lake Superior in Cook County, MN

Hiking Trails

We love the old hiker’s adage: How far do you need to hike to find yourself?

Because Cook County, Minnesota has over 386 miles of trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, sometimes called “the Appalachian Trail of the Midwest.” Here are two pocket-sized printable PDF guides to the major hikes in Cook County:

Here, you’ll find hikes to suit every taste, ability and timeframe, all within a landscape beautiful enough to take anyone’s breath away.

6 Cook County Hikes
  • Hike the Boundary Waters. See the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/BWCAW as you’ve never seen it before via the Kekekabic, Border Route, Magnetic Rock, and other Gunflint Trail hiking trails.
  • Hike the wildest sections of the 277-mile Superior Hiking Trail, voted #2 in the nation by the readers of Backpacker Magazine. Encounter hundred-mile views of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest from the peaks of the ancient Sawtooth Mountain Range, like local favorite Oberg MountainSuperior Hiking Trail Association information and Lodge to Lodge Hiking.
  • High Falls, the tallest waterfall in Minnesota, plunges 120 feet through a misty, thunderous gorge. Access this beautiful gem at Grand Portage State Park. The trail is paved and barrier-free.
  • See Isle Royale, the Susie Islands, and Grand Portage National Monument from the summit of Mount Josephine.
  • Summit Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota, named Best Hiking Trail in Minnesota by the Star Tribune (2013).
  • Lutsen Mountains features several miles of hiking trails, including hiking along the famed Superior Hiking Trail. Combine a hike with a ride on the Summit Express for easy access to mountaintop trailheads that lead you through wildflower meadows and deep forests, past waterfalls, wildlife, and spectacular mountain overlooks. 

From stroller-friendly, barrier-free strolls to epic wilderness adventures, hiking in Lutsen-Tofte-Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage will help you find what you’ve been looking for.