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.
- Sleeping bag
- Protein bars
- Camera gear
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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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