Hike to the Bear Lake Overlook
Minnesota › Superior Hiking Trail to Bear Lake
Added by Spud Groshong
Distance: 6.4 miles roundtripElevation gain: 400 ftBeautiful view of Bean and Bear LakesDay hike with camping optionsBeautiful fall leaves
Leave from the carpark on Superior Hiking Trail. The trail climbs a little before descending into a valley and winding around the hills.
In about 2.5 miles, you will reach a clearing with an overlook above Bean Lake. Some people camp here, but the actual camp site is about another mile down the trail.
At around 3.6 miles you will see a communal campsite on the right, with a number of first-come-first-serve sites, and a trail to the lake. From here it is a quick climb up the trail to the overlook at Bear Lake, where you can see both Bear and Bean Lakes together.
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- Protein bars
- Camera gear
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Two thumbs up
Beautiful hike today, still snowy, but quite silent and serene. There were about 1-2 inches of snow on hard pack, in some sections there were frozen knee deep post holes from another hiker in softer snow. Awesome hike, can't wait to do it in the summer and fall.
Trickier in the Snow but Still a Spectacular Hike
My wife and I hiked this SHT section in mid April and there was still quite a bit of snow left. This made the hike a bit harder but it was still a very scenic and worthwhile hike.
One Of My Favorites!
This was a nice hike that I used to do either with a partner or even solo when I needed a quick weekend away. The best campsite in my opinion is located on the far end of Bear Lake. After the cliffs/lookouts continue on the trail and follow a small trail on the left that descends to Bear Lake. There are two campsites close together right near the lakeshore.
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