Hike to the Bear Lake Overlook

Minnesota Superior Hiking Trail to Bear Lake

Added by Spud Groshong

  • Distance: 6.4 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation gain: 400 ft
  • Beautiful view of Bean and Bear Lakes
  • Day hike with camping options
  • Beautiful 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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Sleeping bag
  • Protein bars
  • Camera gear
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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

A classic

This is one of the best hikes in the state in my opinion. The only problem is that it's tough to get that great lake campsite now because the secret is out!

3 months ago

7 months ago

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.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Stunning Fall Color Hike

This was more or less my first loop hike in northern MN in the fall, and it was absolutely well worth it. Aim for peak fall-color time and you won't be disappointed in the least!

8 months ago

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