Superior Hiking Trail Crow Creek

Two Harbors, Minnesota

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Great start to the trail and a good choice for a day walk. There are nice views from pine covered ridge tops, a walk through an old growth forest with lots of wild flowers, spectacular Crow Creek and the Crow Creek Lavas, Wilson Creek with banks of red glacial till, and the scenic Encampment River with banks of Glacial Lake Duluth clay. Much like the breath of a glacier, the cold mist creeps across the parking lot, forcing us to put on fleece jackets. With the fog comes silence, a quiet that makes us talk in whispers. There is no wind. After four days of a steady breeze off the great ice machine called Superior, there is nothing to rustle the first leaves of spring or part the long fingers of grayness that swirl around us like smoke from a campfire. This spring has been wet with rain steadily falling to fill bogs and swamps and make the woods dripping wet. The wetness adds to the color of the tree bark: dark, brownish-green of the aspen, dark gray to black of the maple, creamy white of the paper birch, and vibrant green of lichens and moss growing on the bark. The woods, according to Judy, are holding their breath waiting, waiting for the sun and warmth that will let them work their spring magic.
A Walking Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail

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A Walking Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail

by Ron Morton and Judy Gibbs (RockFlower Press)

Great start to the trail and a good choice for a day walk. There are nice views from pine covered ridge tops, a walk through an old growth forest with lots of wild flowers, spectacular Crow Creek and the Crow Creek Lavas, Wilson Creek with banks of red glacial till, and the scenic Encampment River with banks of Glacial Lake Duluth clay. Much like the breath of a glacier, the cold mist creeps across the parking lot, forcing us to put on fleece jackets. With the fog comes silence, a quiet that makes us talk in whispers. There is no wind. After four days of a steady breeze off the great ice machine called Superior, there is nothing to rustle the first leaves of spring or part the long fingers of grayness that swirl around us like smoke from a campfire.

This spring has been wet with rain steadily falling to fill bogs and swamps and make the woods dripping wet. The wetness adds to the color of the tree bark: dark, brownish-green of the aspen, dark gray to black of the maple, creamy white of the paper birch, and vibrant green of lichens and moss growing on the bark. The woods, according to Judy, are holding their breath waiting, waiting for the sun and warmth that will let them work their spring magic.

©  Ron Morton and Judy Gibbs/RockFlower Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Two Harbors
Distance: 5.9
Season: Best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 850 feet
Top Elevation: 1,150 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Superior Hiking Trail: Crow Creek

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