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Awesome falls, cool swinging bridge and nice elevation changes make for a good hour long hike.

I really like this hike. Fairly easy hiking, little incline, and tons of nice lookout points.

Great waterfall views at both top and bottom of the waterfall. Nice easy hike in with a great path. Cool
Old suspension bridge you can cross and the falls have multiple view points to see down the river.

11 days ago

A beautiful hike which provided moderate difficulty for my friends and I. It should be noted that there is an extended uphill walk followed by about 200 stairs down, then another sharp climb before you’re able to look down on the kettle. Keep in mind you have to do this again on the way out :)

Nice hike today we had a blast

This is a beautiful hike! It's not hard, but keep.ypur little ones close. There are lots of drop offs, cliffs, and slippery rocks. The river also moves dangerously fast through this section.

17 days ago

Great Hike! Took about 2 hours with two adults, two kids (10 & 8) and a dog. This trail goes down to both Two Step Falls and the High Falls. It also continues to the High Falls observation bridge. It does not go to Cascade Falls. If you plan on going down to see both falls plan on about 500 steps.

Such a great hike for all ages! It has a views, a fun rugged trail and even the 8yr old, who has a strong disdain for hiking thought it was awesome.

My boyfriend and I enjoyed every bit of it! Extremely beautiful!

Not too difficult. Hiked easily with my 2 month old in a carrier and my 7 year old handled it well. Beautiful views of the river and falls.

Lots of stairs but very short ways to the falls. So cool!

One of my favorite hikes, it’s best in the fall!

This is the hike to the High Falls from the Visitor Center. It also includes Cascade Falls. The shorter hike to High Falls does not go by Cascade Falls.

I think this trail is the trail to the High Falls from the trailhead lot. You can cross the River on metal swing bridge and get down below the falls. Nice!

I was not prepared for a hike..it was a spur of the moment idea with friends. I was in jeans and sandals. It was not an easy feat for us (being unprepared and all) but it was beautiful.

Nice easy hike up to a beautiful waterfall. A little crowded with people in some spots.

I agree I think this trail is a moderate , I won't say easy peasy ,but in the spring so cool

beautiful scenery, forest floor full of flowers. 5/22/18

Beautiful hike, lots of mushrooms in the fall. Great views!

4 months ago

Sweet waterfalls, lots of stairs! Worth the hike

Got in the fall at sunrise or sunset... beautiful

I love this hike! It is a beautiful place. one does need to be careful for slippery rocks in places. I grew up hiking here when I was younger and just visited again this year.

We actually did a loop starting with the Humpback Trail then connected with the Manitou River Trail campsite #6 is a great place to stop and have a snack... great rock to rest on...campsite number 10 is perfectly beautiful...the trail is rugged... sometimes it just disappears and you have to bushwhack your own path.. climbing over trees and under or whatever in between...
I think about campsite #12 we took off on the Matt Willis Trail and continued onto the Lake Benson trail around the west side of the lake... once you get to this trail it’s a piece of cake a boardwalk all the way around the lake until you get to the road which takes you back to the parking lot. The trail is moderately hard just because the footing is difficult... ferns cover the path sometimes waist high,(so you can’t always see where your foot is going)ground was pretty moist, slippery uneven rocky trail... otherwise not too difficult... went the end of June we had a perfect weather window... it started raining as we left... we had the place to ourselves

Beautiful trails and waterfalls!

Beautiful trails and waterfalls!

We hiked this section in August from Lutsen down to Temperance River State Park. Our journey included Oberg Mountain and Carleton Peak over 2 days. Great views of Lake Superior from various points along the route. More elevation change along this section than most anywhere else along the SHT.

9 months ago

This is a spectacular viewing hike. If you manage to go in the fall, when the leaves are turning, you are in for a treat. This hike was my welcome to Minnesota, and I am glad. The hike involves 15 unrelenting flights of stairs going down (which means going up on the way out), as well as plenty of other sets of steps. If someone in your party might have difficulty with the elevation changes, consider carefully. There are a few benches along the way.

It was beautiful and a nice moderate walking trail. It was quite muddy on some walking trails along the way, but it was well worth it! Peaceful and quiet. Worth the view during fall season!! Must go :)

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