Split Rock River Loop
ElevationAscent: 805' 245 m
Descent: -805' -245 m
High: 959' 292 m
Low: 616' 188 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“One of only a few loops along the SHT with easy access and beautiful scenery.”— Zander Göpfert
and has a magnificent lake view at the east end. This featured hike has sections that are hilly and rocky, with some boardwalks, too.
Just past these first falls, the trail intersects with the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). Turn right and continue the ascent past another falls, marking three-quarters of a mile from the start.
Continue along Split Rock River to the high point, just under 2.5 miles. This wil be right before the easternmost point of the loop and has terrific views back east toward the lake. Make the bend to the right (east) and begin the descent past the southeast Split Rock campsite.
At just over 3.5 miles, the trail will leave the river heading southeast toward a shelter and overlook at mile 4.6. Just past this point, look for the SHT - Merrill Logging Trail Connector to the right and take this short connector to the Merrill Logging Trail.
Turn right onto the Merrill Logging Trail for a few hundred yards toward Hwy 61. At the highway, look for the driveway that connects to the paved Gitchi-Gami State Trail pathway which is a great way to stay off the road on a multi-use path for the final leg to the parking area.
Land Manager: Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails