Morgan falls is nice and short hike. FYI this trail is currently closed due to road wash out. A lot of people park at the road close sign and walk the 1.3 mile down the road to the trail. St. Peter's Dome isn't worth the 3.7 miles around trip hike unless the fall colors have changed fully. It's a nice view across the valley but the path is pretty rocky. About 2 hour hike around trip from the road.
This is an excellent hike. What the description doesn't really tell you is that only the dome is the 4 mile hike up a steep hill. The waterfall is gorgeous and only about a half mile down an easy trail. While the views from the dome were nice, the waterfall is what made this hike fun.
Rebecca E. on Morgan Falls and St Peter's Dome Tr...
Fantastic views from the waterfall to the peak of the dome! Simply beautiful!
But please note the rating, we saw many leisurely hikers that were not prepared for the length of the ascent.
Disclaimer: I'm from New England and most accustomed to hiking in western Maine and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. This was my first overnight trip in the Midwest.
My dog and I camped at the primitive campsite near the trailhead on a Friday night, planning to spend an extended weekend in the woods. Parking was just off the road, and the campsite, just minutes from the road, was available--and very quiet! I would not count on getting water from the lake, though, as it's more of a mucky pond with no easy access from shore.
Heading out on Saturday morning, the sound of dogs grew louder as we moved along the trail. I didn't think it was hunting season (other than open season on coyotes), so maybe they were hunting dogs in training, but I was hesitant to encounter a bunch of off-leash dogs with my own leashed dog in tow, so we turned around and headed in the other direction, toward the Lake Eleven segment.
The Jerry Lake segment, from what I experienced, seemed nice enough, and not too overgrown, but I didn't get far before turning around and opting for the Lake Eleven segment. That trail turned out to be quite overgrown, with downed trees obstructing the trail in several places. It's also quite marshy in places, and there were lots of bugs--so be prepared with bug spray if you go in the summer! Between the bugs and the brambles, my dog couldn't handle it, so we headed home early.
We did this the weekend that was peak colors for the fall! I was told that it was 3 miles, so it seemed a lot longer than that, and with the elevation at the end, I was ready to be at the top. The waterfall was beautiful and refreshing to see, and there weren't too many people at the top, it was relaxing to be up there!
I did this trail in the fall. The trail head is well marked and a privy is nearby. We did the hike to Morgan Falls before going to St. Peter's. The waterfall was beautiful and the water was still flowing. The hike up the hill was a good gentle work-out. The dome was not what I thought. Since others were there picnicking it was hard to see the view. Not much room and it gets crowded quickly. The leaves were just starting to turn and so you could see the color change in the area below. It was a good hike and I would do it again.
Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome brings back fond memories! I lived for a summer in 1975 at the old CCC campsite not too far from the Falls, using it as a base camp for my geology Master's thesis. I spent many an afternoon or evening sitting on some perch near the falls reading all manner of book - Dante's Divine Comedy among others. My field assistant and I would often take a walk up to St. Peter's Dome after a hard day traversing along section lines in the bush looking for rock outcrops. There were many black bear in the vicinity, and we could almost count on one in the evening or the early morning coming through the camp. They never bothered us, but I must say they scared the hell out of some bikers who had decided this was the perfect place to drink some beer over the 4th in 1975 (perhaps my greasing their motorcycles with a leftover hot dog helped draw the bears to their campsite).
This is a very beautiful place, and I recommend it as a hike for all ages, although the access road can be a bit challenging. I am now nearly 62, and have hiked all over the Cascades, the Andes, the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and the Rocky Mts in the years that have passed since 1975, and I can say without any hesitation that this still is one of my favorite hikes.
I'm pretty new to backpacking so this is an amateur look at hiking. I found the trail to be challenging but not difficult. The Chippewa Lobe loop is very clearly marked and very easy to follow, the blue markers are used very well and frequently kept me going in the right direction. The only confusion was where it met up with the Ice Age Trail on the north east corner. There is a sign on the Ice Age Trail to mark where Chippewa Lobe splits off but it was turned and confused me for a moment until I thought about where I was and checked my compass. It can get very muddy in parts and some standing water was present but with trekking poles it was very easy to cross all parts. The bridges over water are very nice and sturdy.
There are two campsites on the loop. The first is about 1 mile from the loop trailhead sign going anti-clockwise around the trail. It has quite a few spots for tents and there is water near by. The second campsite is at the southern most part of the trail near a pond/lake formed by a beaver dam. The campsite is beautiful and really stands out from the rest of the trail. There is a fire pit and logs for seating around it. There is also a very nice bench to sit on and relax. The lake nearby makes for a beautiful sunset.
I really enjoyed hiking this trail for my first solo hike. It was a nice quick overnight trip that took me about 5.5 hrs to complete. It was about 2.5hrs to the second campsite from FR 108 and about 3hrs out. I'm not very fast.