I got dropped off at Otter Lake Rd at 12:30 pm and the goal was to go the 11 miles to Woodland Caribou Campsite.
Otter Lake Rd., to Woodland Caribou Pond Campsite ( 11 miles)
You have to look through the trees as it is not a great vista, but you can look far back into Canada
The day remained very nice with just a hint of clouds. High temps were in the low 70's.
Woodland Caribou Pond campsite is 3/4 of the way up a ridge and the water source is just a small beaver pond.
The first push up the hill and you are at the hellacious overlook. Sweeping views of Lake Superior and surrounding countryside
7 miles into the second day you come across maybe the most lovely campsite on the trail, South Carlson Pond campsite
A considerable amount of today was spent on road walking, both some forest service roads and Camp 20 road, which is paved but not very wide
C.R. Magney State Park to Kimble Creek campsite (15 miles estimate)
Right after I broke camp at C.R. Magney I walked up the hill to the jewel of the Park, The Devil's Kettle Falls. I had not realized I was so close to the falls as I then started to run into people just coming up from the parking lot to visit the falls. The first people I had really seen for 2 full days
About 4 miles after getting off the beach you reach the Kadunce River. A lovely place to stop and rest and only about 2 miles from my final destination
Bridge across the Kadunce River
Leaving the last of the campsites in the Kadunce River area, called Crow Creek, you head up hill and you encounter what looks like a left turn in the SHT., it is marked with an SHT sign. Don't take it! it is a spur trail that leads you about .7 miles down to a cheap looking motel on Hwy 61 and then you have to turn around and come all the way back up hill.
Kimble Creek campsite to Pinchusion B&B ( estimated to be 18 miles)
Day 4 starts out going up and finishes going up. Actually this was the hardest day on the trail so far, with the trail going up and down all day. Every time you would gain elevation, you would lose it again, just to have to gain it all back once more. You pass several multi-use campsites ( Cliff Creek, Durfee Creek)
It also had a good number of woodland walking sections
After going uphill yet again, you finally reach the Woodland Creek area
and after the woodland Creek area you enter the Devil Track River area
The area is a very large gorge with step walls and several falls.
To leave the Devil's track area going North to South you have to ascend 150 steps or 300 vertical feet of rise to reach the Pincushion Mountain Recreational Area.
Finally reaching the level walking of the Pincushion X-country skiing area I am about 2 miles from the B&B
none of the trails in the area are marked so once you get off the SHT you need to navigate to the B&B. I spent a few extra miles finding it. ending the day at around 18 miles total.
View from my room at the B&B
Superior Hiking Shuttle Service-
Wynn and Bill
Pincushion Mountain Bed & Breakfast
Grand Marais, MN
Lynn Parish- owner
Our Place- Restaurant
locally owned- great fish sandwich