Oberg Mountain Hike | Superior National Forest | North Shore Outdoors
Oberg Mountain Hike | Superior National Forest | North Shore Outdoors

North Shore Oberg Mountain Hike

North Shore Oberg Mountain Hike

You will find the Oberg Mountain trail beautiful year round, but it’s especially gorgeous in the fall, when the surrounding forest is aglow with shades of gold, orange and red. There is no shortage of spectacular views on this 2.3-mile loop, including 360s of the Lake Superior North Shore, surrouding forest, and Oberg Lake. Generally considered a moderately challenging hike, allow 1-1/2 hours to complete. This is a very popular hiking trail, so you are likely encounter others. Dogs are welcome, but be sure to keep them on a leash. There are steep cliffs at the top so use caution with small children. Listen for black throated blue warblers in the spring, and look for beaver activity in Oberg Lake. The maples here are a distinct ecosystem, and harbor a variety of plants not common on the rest of the forest. This trail is a spur trail off of the Superior Hiking Trail.

Oberg Mountain Trail Hike By-the-Numbers

Length: 2.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 230 ft
Route Type: Out-and-Back Loop

Nearby Ranger District Locations/Phone Nos:

  • Gunflint Ranger District 2020 W Hwy 61 Grand Marais, MN 55604 218-387-1750
  • Tofte Ranger District 7355 West Hwy 61 Tofte, MN 55615 218-663-8060


  • From Tofte, take MN Highway 61 North approximately 4.7 miles.
  • Turn left onto Forest Road 336 (Onion River Road); NOTE: Onion River Road is marked by only a small street sign. Look for the ‘Superior Hiking Trail’ sign on MN 61 to signal your turn.
  • Proceed up the Onion River Road for about 2.1 miles to the parking area on the left.
  • Both Oberg Mountain and LeVeaux Mountain Trailheads are served by the same parking area on the Onion River Road (Forest Road 336).
  • Oberg Mt Trail begins on the opposite side of Onion River Road from the parking lot.
  • LeVeaux Mt Trail begins from the end of the parking lot farthest from the road

Oberg Mountain Trail Features

  • Two trail options to two peaks from one parking area (Oberg Mountain & Leveaux Mountain)
  • Spectacular views and fall colors
  • Connects to Superior Hiking Trail
  • Outhouse at trailhead
  • High cliffs without guard rails, keep children in hand. Watch for slippery rocks.
  • Easy hiking except for some short but steep trail sections with switchbacks
  • Oberg loop approx. 2.3 miles LeVeaux loop approx. 3.2 miles

100% Worth the Drive!

Great trip. We arrived at approximately 10:30 am and made our way towards the entrance of the trail. The trail was moderate in nature and steep in certain areas. The trail was a big loop that brought us back to the parking lot when we completed it. There were multiple scenic overlooks that provided beautiful views of the trees and water below us. I recommend spending 1.5 hours here if you truly want to see everything. North Dakota TripAdvisor Review

Grand Marais Outdoor Activities Guide

In Grand Marais and Cook County, Minnesota you can enjoy Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake, visit Minnesota’s tallest mountain peak at Eagle Mountain, view the state’s highest waterfall in Grand Portage, ski the largest ski resort in the Midwest at Lutsen Mountains and enjoy Minnesota’s longest and most scenic biking trails. Stay awhie and find your adventure in Cook County!

Experience the spectacular chain of state parks, waterfalls, and seemingly endless list of year-round outdoor activities that are located on Highway 61 on the North Shore. From Gooseberry State Park (69 miles southwest) to Grand Portage State Park (40 mile northeast), eight State Parks provide a wide array of summer and winter outdoor fun. Grand Marais and the Superior Inn are a great place to stay for your outdoor adventure and easy access to these Highway 61 parks and all the other activities to be found north in Cook County, Minnesota.

Grand Marais and the Lake Superior North Shore offer hundreds of miles of cross-country skiing trails (hiking and biking trails in summer). In fact, Cook County, Minnesota has the largest network of cross-country trails in North America. You can stay close to Grand Marais, or head up from the lake shore area to the other cross country skiing trails. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required on all trails unless otherwise noted.


About Superior Inn and Suites
At the Best Western Plus Superior Inn you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will stand out among other hotels in Grand Marais,MN. For the business traveler, a spacious work desk and free internet access are included in all our guest rooms to ensure you don’t miss a beat while you’re away from the office.

For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks. We also have an in-house fitness room, so you can keep up your workout routine while you’re on the road. As always, the Best Western Plus Superior Inn will provide you with the superior customer service that you are used to at any Best Western hotel.

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Your Guide to Year-Round Grand Marais Recreation & Fun!

With over 400 lakes within a 25-mile radius, Grand Marais lives up to its reputation as a great place for year-round outdoor activities. Whether your activity choice is in, on or below the water (or even on land) Grand Marais offers a great variety of things to do for your entire family.

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