Duluth Man Honored with Addition of 'Larry's Lookout' to Superior Hiking Trail

Updated: July 01, 2020 10:52 PM

On a weekly basis Larry Sampson hikes the Superior Hiking Trail. It's a trail he's physically helped build throughout his involvement with the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

"I've been involved for 15 years," explained Sampson.

Sampson retired in the spring of 2005. That's when the SHT was extending into Duluth. He first got involved with the trail as a volunteer. Then, in 2007 he was offered a maintenance job. That then led to a construction position.

"Well, I'm an outdoors person. I've always loved the outdoors and I built trails before in the past," he added.

Sampson helped finish building the trail between Duluth and Two Harbors and then from Jay Cook State Park to the Wisconsin state line.

"It was a busy time," he laughed. "It's just been wonderful."

The organization says Sampson's contributions are immeasurable, but they decided to honor his years of leading volunteer efforts by adding a new point of interest along the Ely's Peak Loop and naming it 'Larry's Lookout.'

"I was totally surprised. It was totally unexpected," explained Sampson.

The easiest way to access Larry's Lookout is at the trail head at 123 Avenue W. off of Becks Road. From there, take the Munger Trail until to the intersection where the new loop begins. Hop on the loop and its a three and half mile hike to his special spot. Larry's Lookout stands taller than Ely's Peak.

"It's a beautiful spot," said Sampson. You can see Bardon's Peak, you can see Ely's Peak. You can see way out into Wrenshall, way out into Wisconsin," he explained.

Just last year Sampson formally retired as trail renewal contractor, but he's still serving as a volunteer helping keep the trail in great shape-something he says he'll do for as long as he can.

"It's in my blood. It's my passion. I'll be out there as long as these legs move," he said.

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