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hiking
9 days ago

A family favorite as it is close to home but quiet enough to feel removed from the hustle and bustle of “suburb/city life”. Various trails boasting different arboreal species makes this park reserve nearly impossible to tire of, and perfect for an afternoon stroll through the woods. Yes, certain times of the year are more dreadful for flies, but it can be alleviated with adjusting your plans to come in a different season to avoid this annoyance.

hiking
9 days ago

My rating is for the overall park, whereas the trail itself would perhaps be a 3.5 star. It is a well maintained and standard state park. My husband and I went on a very warm day in February, and the trail was very busy. It’s fantastic for most/all skill levels, and would be fun with children. I rather enjoy a more remote hiking experience, which this particular hike was not. With paved trails winding through the upper north country forest, and breaking open to a beautiful view of the Minnesota-Canadian border, and the thundering 130’ High Falls, I will have to return, to hike the other trails in a different season. (Hiked: February/2017)

hiking
9 days ago

Quick winter hike. No trees on the trail and was nice and packed down for just boots.

Great winter hike. Two-hour loop, very few people. Great for the dog.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy trail if you love to explore the outdoors, watch out for horses.

This was a beautiful hike. We did this in August of 2017 on our cross-country move from Boston to Seattle. The weather was perfect, and the views were breath taking

backpacking
17 days ago

Great Trail, Great Views

Moderate hike where you get to walk through some beautiful Minnesota North woods and also peer over cliffs on these two beautiful lakes. We camped at bear lake campground and will be back!

I hike this trail often. There can be a lot of people near the main parking/lodge/river area but otherwise it is great.

This is my favorite hiking trail in Minnesota. It's consistent incline and keeps the heart rate up. I love it! In the winter make sure to wear snow shoes or spikes as it was very dangerously slippery last year.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this in the winter. The falls were mostly frozen. It was a beautiful scene. We hiked without ice cleats, but they certainly would have been helpful to have.

Rocky but lovely. We’re were there late September when overcast and tail still fairly muddy but doable. Fantastic views as others have noted. A few spots where signage could have been clearer. Would definitely do it again! Rocky footing with some ups and downs.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike on 11/16/18. It was 20 degrees with roughly 4” of snow and it was snowing, a slow snow globe like snow. Beautiful! Lots of moose and deer tracks but never saw any wildlife. Trail was rocky in places but it was covered with snow. The places you had to cross over water were not frozen and the planking was covered with snow so you needed to be cautious, only slid off once. Was wearing my Sorels so I never had to worry about wet feet. The hike had a few steep areas but the view, before the actual summit was breathtaking. It looked so amazing with the trees snow covered. Pictures didn’t do justice. We were in and out in 3 and a half hours.

It was a long and little hard trail. We didn’t have any snacks to help with the hike. We got very hungry.

Hiked just after the fresh snowfall and it was absolutely beautiful. You feel like you’re in a winter wonderland. Highly recommend the trail in all seasons.

I wouldn’t describe it as hard, more easy to moderate. Definitely very rocky for long stretches but the incline was gentle and not strenuous. Pretty views just shy of the summit. Actual summit is just a plaque - no views. Brought two small dogs and they dominated it but were very tired afterwards. A few stream crossing were a little underwater but definitely do-able. Worth checking out for the fresh air, gorgeous lake views, and an enjoyable time in nature.

This is a quick and easy hike with plenty of photo opportunities! The suspension bridge is very cool!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was wet and mucky because it had rained the night before but this is a great hike. It’s a decent incline for a Minnesota trail. The trails are for horses and hiking so I assume you will see horses during the summer months. Bring extra shoes if it’s mucky!

on Zumbro Bottoms

horseback riding
2 months ago

Zumbro is a horse trail rider's go to park. If your horse is in shape and you love a great trail ride, come here!!

completed 10/11/18. super wet crossings and trail washed out in places. wasn't undoable but be ready for wet feet. Gators definitely recommended and walking stick or trekking poles. took my time with trail conditions and it being my first time there, out and back in under 4 hours. had a dusting of snow that day too, made for super beautiful scenery.

we started at the park and went up the west side. The views of the river and waterfalls are fantastic near the park, but the trail veers away from the river about a mile up.
The trail is very poor with many tree roots and steep (but short) changes in elevation. With recent rains, we averaged about a mile per hour. (about half of our usual pace.) Strongly encourage trekking poles if it's muddy.

Good moderate hike.

3 months ago

We hiked a bit over a mile past the falls on the SHT. lots of fallen trees over the trail this time of year. many looked pretty fresh. great hike along the river. there was so much water for this time of year that it was hard to see the 'kettle'

Great trails! Many cliff overlooks, a few areas of steep bluff trails, and a lot of beautiful nature. I went a few days after heavy rain and only found a couple of small muddy areas. Met only 3 other people while on the trail, extremely quiet and peaceful! Would not recommend small children, some areas of trails are narrow at some areas of bluffs.

Just did this as a short trip last weekend, one day in / one day out. We camped at one of the two sites at Bear Lake and had the place all to ourselves. Highly recommend weeknight camping- we passed many parties heading out as we were hiking in Sunday night. It’s as muddy as everyone says, but worth it. The fall colors are stunning and the overlooks along the way surprised me. I wouldn’t camp any later than mid-October... it was real chilly when we weren’t moving and snow covered the ground when we woke up. Definitely a MN gem.

really cool and the fall/kettle is worth it but lots of stairs at the end.

I loved this hike. I was my first hike on the Northshore. I felt like this was rugged yet not hard. My dog did well. The views of this trail are amazing.

Great views...beautiful fall colors and easy terrain.

This is not an “easy” hike. I would rate it moderate+. I also recommend trekking poles if you’re doing the actual loop. Definitely go counter clockwise if you start at 61 as Trout Creek may be impassable depending on rain it was tricky today but doable. It took me about 5.5 hours as I’m a chicken and was very cautious on the descents. Overall the trail is a lot of fun. The terrain changes and there are a lot of creeks to cross and amazing views of the river. There was some confusion at county rd 45 regarding where the west trail begins.. cross the bridge and walk until you come to a guard rail that is the start of the west part of the loop. You’ll see a large SHT placard. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

The summit is a pretty good workout. The view from the summit was awesome, although it started snowing and blowing pretty hard right when we got there. I imagine it would be stunning on a clear day with sunshine. There was a few spots along the way where you’re going to get wet unless you have the right footwear.

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