The more time I spend winter hiking and backpacking, the more I completely fall in love with it. Less people, zero bugs and everything blanketed in snow makes it all quite serene and picturesque. Yes, there are challenges you deal with in the cold and it’s not all picture perfect. But, as long as you are prepared it can be a really great way to beat the winter doldrums.
The North Shore of Lake Superior in MN is by far one of my favorite places to spend time outdoors in the Midwest. Known for its harsh winters and abundant snow I knew I had to make a trip there to see what winter brings to that area. I have hiked and camped there summer, spring and fall but never in the winter.