|Distance||2.3 miles roundtrip|
- So many viewpoints you'll grow tired of taking pictures
- Low effort, high reward hike
Oberg Mountain is a must stop on any journey up the North Shore of Lake Superior. In just over two miles with a very minimal amount of uphill, you'll be rewarded with so many Oberg-looks (hah overlooks) that you'll grow tired of stopping and wish you could just keep hiking for once. Of the two mountains accessed from this parking lot -- the other being LaVeaux Mountain -- Oberg Mountain is definitely easier, has more viewpoints, and is more family friendly. This is the kind of trail you use to introduce your friends to hiking; it's just challenging enough that you feel like you've had a bit of a workout and the views remind you why you went into the outdoors in the first place.
From the parking lot, cross the main road to reach the trailhead on the other side. The trail climbs gradually uphill, and shortly you'll reach a fork in the trail. Turn right as instructed by the signs to continue ascending Oberg Mountain. This uphill portion isn't very long and you'll quickly reach the top, where the trail forms a loop. You can choose to go either direction, but I recommend turning left and doing the loop clockwise -- this gets the least scenic part out of the way first and saves the best views for the end (or what I presume would be good views if the clouds didn't block them).
There will be glimpses of the view as you hike around the north side of the mountain, but you'll have to wait until you reach the first overlook for the real views. There is a wooden railing at this overlook, and hopefully you'll have a better view than my grey cloud pictured below.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This is an excellent family friendly hike, but be sure to watch children closely at the top near the edges. Unlike the hike to LaVeaux Mountain that starts from the same parking lot, the top of Oberg Mountain has wooden railings near the most precarious edges. You can hike this trail in all four seasons; its close proximity to the highway and the fact that it is part of the Superior Hiking Trail means it should be readily accessible even when it snows. Despite the rain on the Sunday morning I did this hike, there were still a few people out, so I imagine there will be many more if you go on a nice day.
From Duluth, take Minnesota Highway 61 north. After passing Temperance River State Park and Tofte, turn left on Onion River Road (County Highway 336). Turn left into the trailhead parking area ahead.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are pit toilets and a map kiosk in the parking lot.