Come to Cascade for the rushing river and grand waterfalls that lay within a gorge, lush with moss and ferns that grow on black volcanic rocks. Hike the trail through birch, spruce and white cedar; stop to see the views of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Trails connect with the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail and offer great recreational opportunities to hikers and cross-country skiers. Drive-in and backpack campsites are available.

Traveling up the west side of the river was great. Multiple falls and cascades justify the effort. Coming back on the east side takes you further from the water and loses alittle of the wow factor. Still a worthwhile hike.

This is rated as hard but for serious hikers it is pretty moderate. Elevation never gets above 2000 ft above sea level so breathing is easier. If you are not a serious hiker and you are out of shape this could be hard. I am generous with the stars.

This is rated as hard but for serious hikers it is pretty moderate. Elevation never gets above 2000 ft above sea level so breathing is easier. If you are not a serious hiker and you are out of shape this could be hard.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike. Gorgeous views. It was quite muddy at the beginning, but dried out as we got closer to the river. I would definitely do it again.

One of the best in MN! Take your time enjoy the smells and sights...

Cascade is my all time favorite in Minnesota!

Multiple scenic falls to see. I would not recommend to not turn back as the map suggest. Continue on the trail, keep left as the trail splits, and follow the trail up a huge hill and you will come upon another hidden treasure. explore to find out what it is! The trail loops back. As always, bring plenty of water.

Beautiful area ad part of the trail on the way to Lutsen!

I've loved this trail and State Park since I was a child. The west side of the river is much more challenging than the east side.

Beautiful place! Go and checkitout!

hiking
6 years ago