Snowshoeing the North Shore
Snowshoeing, or winter hiking as it is often referred to, is a very popular hobby that takes place on the North Shore. Strap on a pair of wooden or metal frames and explore the great outdoors during the winter season!
Although the origin of the snowshoe is quite controversial, the work of the snowshoe has come a long way. Beginning with hardwood frames and rawhide lacings, snowshoes have developed into a more modern metal and plastic framework to make the hike even more enjoyable. Even with these bigger and better snowshoes, some believe that the traditional wooden snowshoe makes for a better experience.
The sky (or should we say snow) is the limit for places to snowshoe. Unlike many sports, snowshoes allow people to venture off the beaten track. However, if you’re new to the sport, there are North Shore locations we recommend checking out. They include:
- The Superior Hiking Trail
- Any of our favorite North Shore day hikes (Various locations from Two Harbors to Grand Portage)
- George Washington Memorial Pines (Grand Marais/Gunflint Trail)
- Sugarloaf Cove (Schroeder)
- Local State Parks including:
If you’re looking to rent snowshoes, many parks, and local businesses (see below) rent them for reasonable prices and provide excellent service for visitors. Businesses include:
- Sawtooth Outfitters | 7213 Highway 61, Tofte | (218) 663-7643
- Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply | 22 East 1st Street, Grand Marais | (218) 387-3136