|Lat/Lon:||47.62901°N / 90.77638°W|
|Elevation:||1555 ft / 474 m|
The Northern coast of Lake Superior in Minnesota (That US state’s ‘North Shore’ that stretches to Canada) is an area rich in natural beauty in any season. Good mountain overlooks are rare in the low slung, heavily forested Sawtooth mountains that line the lake. Yet Oberg Mountain manages to squeeze 8 overlooks in a circuit of its wooded summit.
Northwoods – Check. Sawtooth Mountains – Check. Lake Superior – Check. Inland Lake – Check
It is a beautiful 2.4 mile hike that children and grandparents can enjoy (just over 300 feet of gain). But definitely keep kids on a tight rein – most overlooks have dangerous cliffs.
Halfway between the towns of Tofte and Lutsen MN on Route 61, the Onion River Road will head north from the highway. It is hard to spot and about a mile northeast of the Onion River itself. Drive up the gravel road 2 miles or so and the parking area is well signed on the left. Park near the road as the trailhead starts immediately east of the road.
From the parking area, cross the Onion River Road that brought you here and walk into the woods.
After a while the Superior Hiking Trail will leave your trail on the left. Go right instead and start a gentle but sometimes rocky ascent that will switchback you quickly up to the loop trail around the crown of Oberg and its overlooks.
The rest of the hike can be easily recounted by looking at the overlooks. The trail signs encourage a counter-clockwise direction around the loop. I will show different seasons as we head around the loop.
Any season, though keep in mind that its ease and its highlights make this popular trail - so go early or late in the day.
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About the only thing that you do not see on this hike is a waterfall – and there is a set of fine ones on the Onion River at the bottom of mountain 5 minutes away.