The Boreal Forest is amazing!
There is a certain reverence that enters your soul when you are in the woods. A sense of challenge, child-like awe and peace all at once. And there is no better place to experience nature’s own cathedral than the hiking trails of Cook County.
Are we being too immodest by bragging about this cathedral of greenery? It’s hard not to brag when we have Eagle Mountain, Minnesota’s highest peak. And Grand Portage’s High Falls, the highest waterfall in Minnesota. And Superior Hiking Trail, one of the nation’s most scenic hiking trails. And don’t forget about Mount Josephine. And Oberg Mountain. And the hiking trail to Devil’s Kettle.
Of course these are not jut any old hiking trails. They offer lush boreal forests and abundant wildlife. They boast babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls and spectacular views of Lake Superior. And while the best trails are closely held secrets, we want to share them with you.
Stone Harbor is here to help you recreate safely on the North Shore with our experienced guides. We are following the recommended guidelines from the CDC, WHO, and the state of Minnesota for guide policies and enhanced cleaning procedures. We have always operated with small groups and continue to do so. If you do not wish to participate with others, you can request a private tour, although there is an additional cost for this. Outdoor recreating allows social distancing to be easily achievable most of the time, however we ask that you wear masks during closer interactions of six feet or less. Due to this recommended guideline, our complimentary transportation to and from the tour sites is unavailable until further notice.
Give us a call 218-387-3136 to book your tour and come adventure with us!
Half Day Tours
Half day hiking tours are $50 per person. A half day tour is a great introduction to hiking on the North Shore. Want a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll? Call us at 218-387-3136 and tell us all about it. Your guide will design a tour that fits your goals and your abilities. Times are 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Full Day Tours
Full day hiking tours are $90 per person. If you’re up for the challenge of a full day hike, the Grand Marais area has an abundance of trails for your enjoyment. Want to hike a mountain? See a waterfall? Meander along babbling brooks? Book your tour by giving us a call at 218-387-3136 and we’ll find the perfect trail for you. Time is 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Packing ListThings to bring
- Comfortable hiking boots and socks that fit snugly but do not constrict the foot
- An extra pair of socks (friction and moisture can cause blisters)
- Hat with wide brim (for sun and rain protection)
- Breathable rain gear for top and bottom
- Wicking (synthetic, wool or silk) long sleeve and/or short sleeve shirt (Remember: long sleeves can help protect from sun and bugs)
- Long pants
- Warm change of clothing (Think: “If I got soaked and wanted something to put on right away, what would I bring?” The minimum to bring is an insulation/fleece jacket.)
- Sunglasses and strap
- Insect repellent and/or head net
- Water bottle or hydration pack (we have filtered water here at the store, if you need to fill it)
- Cup for hot/cold beverages (unbreakable, travel-style mug)
- If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare(s)
- Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
- Trekking poles
- Snack (half day tours) or lunch (full day tours)
This tour is not offered during the North Shore Water Festival (third weekend in July).
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before and the day of the trip.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.
Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply requires tours to be paid in full at the time of booking. If a cancellation notice is given greater than 48 hours before the scheduled tour, a full refund is granted, minus the $20 processing fee per person. No refund is given for cancellations within 48 hours of the tour.
If Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply cancels a tour ahead of time due to weather or other unforeseeable events, a full refund is given. Please note that light rain, snow, fog, or cooler temperatures do not cancel a tour. We are prepared with the correct equipment for different weather conditions.
We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.
That hiking picture was taken by Allen Symonds, who has never met a trail he wouldn’t hike or a tree he wouldn’t climb. The Eagle Mountain and Superior Hiking Trail pictures are from Wikimedia Commons.