Superior Hiking Trail
Britton Peak Trail

Steep climb on stairs

Britton Peak is the perfect place to watch the sun rising over Lake Superior or setting along the ridges and peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains.

There are incredible views of the summit of Carlton Peak and Lake Superior - for such an accessible hike it's remarkably wild and remote feeling, especially long after the sun has set.

From the intersection Hwy 61 and Sawbill Trail just northeast of Tofte Minnesota, follow the Sawbill Trail north and west 2.6 miles to the parking lot for Britton Peak, which will be on your right.
Coordinates for the hike: 47.5988030,-90.8621260
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The gravel parking lot is large and level. There is a clean pit toilet adjacent to the parking lot, as well as a map board that details the several trails that can be accessed from the area.
Trail observations
The trail leaves directly from the parking lot near the information board. Ascend the Superior Hiking trail for a short distance, then take the spur trail right and climb steeply to the summit.
Trail statistics
The trail is 0.41 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 39 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.03 miParkingParking lot
0.04 miTrailhead Trailhead
0.08 miStay rightBranch - go right and start climbing
0.12 miSteep climbSteep climb on stairs
0.19 miTurnaroundTurnaround point
0.41 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Britton Peak Trail
Altitude chart - Britton Peak Trail Parking Trailhead Stay right Steep climb Turnaround End of trail
Difficulty: Difficult
Difficulty: Moderate
Feature: Rock climbing
Feature: Waterfall
Terrain: Badlands
Terrain: Canyon
Terrain: Flat
Terrain: Hilly
Trail surface: Grassy
Trail surface: Gravel
Trail surface: Paved
Trail surface: Rock
Trail surface: Swamp
Type: Lollipop
Type: Loop
View: Shoreline
County: Lake
State: Minnesota
Country: United States of America
Superior Hiking web site trail writeup
Printable trail map in PDF format (10 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (3 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
Trails in the surrounding area
Trailheads for Minnesota (-1 additional trail)
Trailheads for Michigan and Minnesota (-1 additional trail)
Trailheads for Minnesota and Wisconsin (2 additional trails)
Trailheads for Michigan Minnesota, and Wisconsin (2 additional trails)
Trailheads for Michigan Minnesota, and Wisconsin (1 additional trail)