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    What Comes After The Superior Hiking Trail?

    Beginning of this month I finished up my section hike of the SHT that I started 3 years ago. Really my first experience backpacking and the SHT treated me well. Looking forward to next year I find myself in need of actually picking a new trail instead of just opening the guidebook and looking for a stretch I had not done. So I am looking for recommendations for where to head to next.

    SHT was all done in 2 or 3 night sections mainly because I made the great decision to start overnight trips when I had a baby at home. Now have a 4 and almost 2 year old so my wife is coming around to the idea of a longer stretch, lets say a week and I can bargain with her later. So pretty much anything 2-7 nights in length. I am in Minneapolis but happy to drive a couple of states over if the location and duration seem appropriate (Mountain Wanderer's recent video definitely got me thinking about Montana. I feel like the natural progression from the SHT (especially since I ended at the north end) would be to just keep going onto the Border Route Trail or the Kekekabic Trail. Did a bit of light searching and watched a few videos and not sure that is the kind of challenge I want to move into right away. To quote Shug on the BRT, "It is VERY OVERGROWN in many places and for long stretches... We agreed on 90% Challenge and 10% fun." While I might want to push through all that someday the SHT has probably left me on the spoiled side of having a maintained trail. Plus both the trail maintenance trips for the BRT were cancelled this year due to COVID which I imagine will make for an extra rough year next year.

    A lot of people I talked to on the trail recommend Isle Royale and I have seen that also be popular on these forums. Badlands over in South Dakota also sound appealing, though I have the sense I may need to leave the hammock behind for an adventure there. Other folks on the trail also mentioned the Porcupine Mountains and Governor Knowles State Forest. I have also really enjoyed Shug's shorter BWCA videos so maybe look for trails there.

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    Keep the 1-2 night shorter trips in your itinerary and get that 4 year old out on the trail. You will not regret it in the long run. But remember to keep it fun and adventurous for them, not a forced march.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff-oh View Post
    Keep the 1-2 night shorter trips in your itinerary and get that 4 year old out on the trail. You will not regret it in the long run. But remember to keep it fun and adventurous for them, not a forced march.
    My plan is to take him up to the one of the Sonju Lake campsites on the SHT next year! We did an overnight at a park this year and he did great. Plan is definitely for much shorter days and some more stuff to do at camp like s'mores.

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    Hi, I agree with Porcupines, and also recommending the Angleworm Trail out of Ely. Its an easy overnighter with the Bass Lake Trail as dessert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tlakner View Post
    Hi, I agree with Porcupines, and also recommending the Angleworm Trail out of Ely. Its an easy overnighter with the Bass Lake Trail as dessert.
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    I actually did the Angleworm Trail as a day hike a couple of years ago. I was up there with a number of friends for a cabin weekend. When asked if anyone else wanted to get up super early and go hike it... no takers. Definitely would have liked spending a night there. I remember I did the loop heading east. Was getting pretty close to wrapping up the loop on the west side and I stopped next to the lake to enjoy the view on a rock, even took my boots off to relax! Rock must have been steeper than I realized because about a minute later one of my boots goes sliding down the rock straight towards the water. I then had one of those reactions to reach out and grab it and ended up sliding down the rock next to my boot also into the lake. Was really happy I brought my teva sandals along because I ended up wearing those out the last mile or two instead of those soaked boots.

    Looking at the Porcupine Mountain site there seems to be a large number of trails and campsites. Any favorites?

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    if you're looking for something in south dakota, i would recommend either the centennial or mickelson trail here in the black hills, they basically paralell each other but the centennial is more of a hiking trail, the mickelson is smother and used for hiking but more for biking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boothill View Post
    if you're looking for something in south dakota, i would recommend either the centennial or mickelson trail here in the black hills, they basically paralell each other but the centennial is more of a hiking trail, the mickelson is smother and used for hiking but more for biking

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    That is really cool, I had no idea South Dakota had a long trail like that! Is it relatively hammock friendly? Saw a lot of photos of wide open spaces when looking it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adroa View Post
    I actually did the Angleworm Trail as a day hike a couple of years ago. I was up there with a number of friends for a cabin weekend. When asked if anyone else wanted to get up super early and go hike it... no takers. Definitely would have liked spending a night there. I remember I did the loop heading east. Was getting pretty close to wrapping up the loop on the west side and I stopped next to the lake to enjoy the view on a rock, even took my boots off to relax! Rock must have been steeper than I realized because about a minute later one of my boots goes sliding down the rock straight towards the water. I then had one of those reactions to reach out and grab it and ended up sliding down the rock next to my boot also into the lake. Was really happy I brought my teva sandals along because I ended up wearing those out the last mile or two instead of those soaked boots.

    Looking at the Porcupine Mountain site there seems to be a large number of trails and campsites. Any favorites?
    Little Carp / Big Carp Trail. Shining Cloud Falls site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alifeoutdoors View Post
    Little Carp / Big Carp Trail. Shining Cloud Falls site.
    So that would be BC-7 on this map? This does seem like quite a spectacular area.

    http://www.michigandnr.com/Publicati...mpsite_Map.pdf

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