Spring Hiking in Chippewa National Forest

//Spring Hiking in Chippewa National Forest

Spring Hiking in Chippewa National Forest

The Chippewa National Forest is a wonderful place to do spring hiking in Minnesota. In the Chippewa National Forest there are 298 miles of non-motorized trails to hike, and there is no better way to see the Chippewa Forest than on foot. We will highlight three of the trails for you that are located in Deer River and Marcell Minnesota area that we think are great for spring hiking. Make sure to click on the name of he trail which will take you to the Chippewa National Forest page and will tell if there is a trail closure.

Simpson Creek Trail

In 1907, Sam Simpson’s crew built the first tote roads and trails in the Cut Foot Sioux area. Today, this system makes up the 13-mile Simpson Creek Trail. Enjoy rolling topography through pines and along glacial eskers, with overlooks onto Cut Foot Sioux Lake and journeys into the cedar swamp. Cyclists travel on both old tote roads and dirt trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Hiking and Skiing
Fees None
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Deer River
Water: None
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service

Directions: access is at the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center or Eagle Nest Road (FR 2198).

 

Cut Foot Sioux Trail

This is an extension of the Simpson Creek Trail, this is an 18-mile loop along old Forest Roads with gravel and sand. Access from the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center or the Highway 46 Wayside rest 5 miles north of the Center. Horse back riders also utilize this trail. Say “Howdy” and pass with caution.

At a Glance

Fees None
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Deer River
Water: None
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service

 

Directions: Access from the Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center or the Highway 46 Wayside Rest 5 miles north of the Center. 

Suomi Hills Trail

The remote and stunning Suomi Hills has 19 miles of hiking, biking and ski trails and is part of a semi-primitive nonmotorized area. The rolling topography offers mountain bike trails for intermediate and advanced cyclists.

The Suomi Hills Recreation Area is named for the small Finnish community of Suomi, Minn., situated on the northern edge of the Suomi Recreation Area located near Grave Lake, Minn. The area was logged from 1905 to 1910, with people settling in
the area about 1916. The Day Lake Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, a prisoner of war camp during World War II, is located on the north end of Suomi Hills.

At a Glance

Fees None
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Marcell
Water: None
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service

Directions: Access the Suomi Hills area from the Highway 38 National Scenic Byway, eight miles south of Marcell, Minnesota.

 

2019-04-08T18:34:12+00:00Monday, Apr 8, 2019|Blog|

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