Superior Hiking Trail
Oberg Mountain Loop Trail

Nestled lake

The Oberg Loop is an immensely satisfying hike. There is enough effort to convince yourself you are on a real hike, and the payoff for that effort is enormous. Long sweeping views of Lake Superior, rock ledges bisecting hidden lakes, and the North Shore Sawtooth backcountry stretching to the far horizon.

I've done this hike every fall for several years, and every year I enjoy it. Maybe I'll meet you there!

From the intersection of Hwy 61 and Sawbill Trail just northeast of Tofte Minnesota, head northeast on Hwy 61 4.6 miles to the Onion River Rd.
Take a left onto Onion River Road and follow it uphill 2.1 miles to the parking lot for Oberg Mountain, which will be on your left. The Onion River Rd. is mostly dirt and can be a bit washboarded.
Coordinates for the hike: 47.6280280,-90.7845560
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The dirt parking lot is large and level. There is a clean pit toilet in the parking lot and several informational signs. There are no other facilities near the parking lot.
Trail observations
The trail begins on the other side of the Onion River Rd. directly across from the parking lot. The trail ascends to the top of Oberg Mountain via a long switchback and then forms a loop that traces the perimeter of the mountain. There are frequent overlooks that give good views from all sides. Take your time and enjoy!
Trail statistics
The trail is 2.65 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 159 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.12 miParkingParking lot
0.17 miTrailheadTrailhead
0.35 miGo rightBranch - head right and start climbing (bench)
0.63 miGo rightHead right to start following the loop counterclockwise
0.68 miViewView of the backcountry
0.92 miTrail Trail to the next overlook
1.18 miPicnic TableRoll your own picnic table
1.27 miCliffCliffs edge far from the lake
2.65 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Oberg Mountain Loop Trail
Altitude chart - Oberg Mountain Loop Trail Parking Trailhead Go right Go right View Cliff End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Mountainous
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Swamp
Type: Loop
Type: Out-and-back
View: Overlooks
View: Wooded
County: Lake
State: Minnesota
Country: United States of America
USDA Forest Service site
PDF map
Printable trail map in PDF format (19 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (4 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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