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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Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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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.

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!


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