Getting in/out of vans; driving about 120 miles throughout the day, approximately 3.5 hours total riding time. Walking up to 3 miles; crushed rock trails, paved trails, forested trails with roots and rocks.
At the hotel.
We will check out of the hotel, hop into the vans, and set out for Lake Superior’s North Shore to explore beautiful Gooseberry Falls State Park and its trails. From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: “Gooseberry Falls is the gateway to the North Shore. It is known for its spectacular waterfalls, river gorge, Lake Superior shoreline, Civilian Conservation Corps log and stone structures, and north woods wildlife.”
Along the shore, we will have sack lunches.
Back in the vans, we’ll continue exploring the North Shore with a field trip to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park with Lake Superior’s most famous lighthouse. It was built because of a storm in November 1905 that wrecked nearly 30 ships. When construction was completed five years later, it became an iconic focal point, thanks not only to its life-saving light but also because of its location with breathtaking views. Next, we’ll ride to Tettegouche State Park and hike out to Shovel Point. The park — formed by ancient lava flows — comprises rugged, semi-mountainous terrain; stretches of Lake Superior shoreline; lakes, rivers, waterfalls; and pristine forest. At Shovel Point, we’ll have stunning views of the shoreline, sea caves, a sea stack, the mouth of the Baptism River, and Palisade Head. After our field trips, we’ll ride to the AmericInn Lodge and check in.
At the lodge.
We will be joined by noted author, woodsman, and wilderness expert Douglas Wood, who will share an essay from his new memoir “Deep Woods, Wild Waters” published by University of Minnesota Press. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.