Are there mermaids?
No mermaids here, but Sugarloaf cove provides a beautiful, quick, hike just off the North Shore Scenic Byway.
Walk through a pine forest, out to rocky slopes, down to Lake Superior, back through a nature area, onto the cobble beach and back up around the nature center and experience a little bit of everything the north shore offers.
Where is it?
Located 4 miles southwest of Schroeder, Minnesota or about 74 miles northeast of Duluth. (Heading northeast on highway 61, it’s on the right hand side)
Hiking Sugarloaf Cove
Sugarloaf Cove sits on 34 acres and the trail is about a mile long. The trail passes through several “sections” including pine forests, an alder thicket, a scenic overlook, rocky cliffs and down to the rocky shore among a few of the popular stops.
Benches along the way provide plenty of places to stop for a a quick lunch or to take in the views.
Part of the area is designated as a State Scientific and Natural Area. The region also has historic significance. Consolidated Papers, Inc maintained several buildings here where they held pulpwood rafting operations. Near the cobble stone beach you can see placards with photos from the area then.
You should know
Sugarloaf Cover is maintained by volunteers and donations. If you’re inclined, stop by the nature center on your way out and drop some change off to support maintaining this great trail and stop on the North Shore.