Superior Hiking Trail - Wild Valley Road to Jay Cooke SP Visitor Center
The first half mile or so is a road walk until you reach the south border of the park. Trail is relatively rugged where it routes through the southern part of Jay Cooke State Park. The hiking becomes easier once the SHT starts following established state park trails. Some spectacular views of the St. Louis River.
Wild Valley Road. The trailhead parking lot is about 1,800 feet up Wild Valley Road (aka Mountain Goat Road) from Minnesota Highway 23. Wild Valley Road is hilly and has a gravel surface.
Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center parking lot.
Jay Cooke State Park (near the Visitor Center). Also possible to filter water from Silver Creek and the St. Louis River (difficult).
Campsites in this Section: Three
It is possible to reserve campsites in the state park in advance. There is a fee. These three sites are all fairly close to the Superior Hiking Trail. High Landing Campsite
Ash Ridge Campsite
Lost Lake Campsite
Mile 2.7 (section) (4.6 SHT): Intersection with Bear Chase Trails at Point 41.
Point 41 trail intersection. SHT meets up with the Bear Chase Trails here, which are some fairly remote trails in Jay Cooke State Park.
Mile 3.6 (section) (5.5 SHT): Silver Creek crossing.
The little bridge that crosses the creek.
Mile 3.6 (section) (5.5 SHT): Silver Creek.
A look at Silver Creek from the bridge.
Mile 4.4 (section) (6.3 SHT): View of St. Louis River from the Silver Creek Trail in Jay Cooke State Park.
Several views of the river can be had along the Silver Creek Trail.
Mile 5.8 (section) (7.7 SHT): Swing Bridge over the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park.
The historic Swing Bridge. Signature feature of Jay Cooke State Park.
Mile 5.8 (section) (7.7 SHT): Another view of the Swing Bridge.
Another look at the bridge. This is from just downhill of the visitor center.
Continue hiking next section of the SHT: Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center to the Grand Portage TH