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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.

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!

This trail was difficult with a lot of ups and downs, but the terrain offered a lot of variety making the effort worth it. It was absolutely beautiful, and I would highly recommend it!

Truly beautiful hiking area. There are some areas that are busy with people and some that are more quiet. Be a responsible pet parent and only bring your dog if they are good around lots people and other dogs. Bring your own water, no fountains.

awesome hike to lookout mountain!

This is one of my favorite hikes on the shore. My friend Scott introduced it to me. We set out on cold winters day to climb the waterfall at cut log. It was my first foray into ice climbing and I found it both exhilarating and terrifying. I have since returned several times to enjoy the path and the amazing trees found on the way. Though I’ve no intention of climbing the drip again, I hope that I may find myself back here again someday.

Great challenge, makes for a great day of MTB.

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3 months ago

It's an okay trail, however the way the trail is displayed here is not as accurate as it could be...you'd be better off using this as a second back-up option to getting a map from the local area instead.
ON TOP OF THIS, this waterfall loop is NOT associated with Jay cooke state park. It needs to stop being advertised as if it is. plus it's not much if a waterfall but during the summer right now a dried up river area. I live near by AND work in the area so this app needs to update it's info. DO NOT refer to it as a part of jay cooke park or as a waterfall...it's really not.

The bridge and the trail segment along the river is very nice. However, once you get away from the riverbank it becomes just an average trail and very buggy.

Nice easy hike. Our small dog made the whole trip from the campground up to the 5th falls with no problem. Some steep spots that were muddy and slick. The trail by the upper falls gets very close to the edge in some areas, so it can get a little scary if you're not into heights. Definitely watch your kids if you go to the upper falls! Overall a great hike!

Great easy hike with multiple water falls, swimming holes, and paths through the woods.

Trail in good shape! River down so can soak feet. Few bugs.

Lovely trail. It took me about 4.5 hours for a leisurely hike. The Trout Creek bridge is out, but today (June 26, 2018) the creek was dry, so I could walk right across. If it has rained, check http://www.superiorhiking.org for conditions before you go. Edit: after hiking some trails in the Rockies, I’d rate this one as moderate or even easy.

Easy trail for the family. My 3 year old ended up on my shoulders for half the trip but my 5 yr old had no problem. Lots of good little stopping points.

Great for a family adventure, and perfect for a chance to leave the city behind for a couple hours. The falls we’re fantastic to see, and you can always follow the trails down to Lake Superior for more great views!!

This is listed as moderate in the gooseberry Falls brochure. I’d call it close to moderate on the easy scale because there are a few steep spots and you can take dozens of side trails that involve some moderate climbing down or up rocks. We only ran into a few people up near the fourth and fifth falls and it connects right to the SHT so if you wanted to extend it you could. Beautiful views of the falls (that would be 200% more beautiful without the noise of the road and shrieking children)

Really nice spot to stop and see. The wife and I got lucky and beat a large crowd that showed up so it was even better lol.

Love this place! Had a great time with my kid here. Be a responsible parent and watch your children. There are some dangerous places a child could end up if not supervised. Well kept trails, and very beautiful scenery. Highly recommend!

These trails are gorgeous but most of these trails are only for mountain biking. If you want to hike here, for your own saftey, check the trail maps.

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

This park is still not by Macgregor (see comment from 2011!!!!)...and still needs to be corrected on the map sites and AllTrails. Hello?????

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

fairly easy hike with small areas of elevation and some roots and rocky areas

This trail system is amazing and beautiful, and they are making more trails all the time!

Great trails. Always a great experience!

hiking
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Trout Creek bridge on the west side of the Cascade River is out and the creek can't be crossed due to recent heavy rain. As a result, west side of this loop trail is currently inaccessible.

easy hike with the kids

Great little trail with beautiful views. Get there early to avoid crowds. I arrived around 9 am on a Saturday and didn’t have trouble. When I was leaving the park was packed full!

Popular hike that passes 5 river waterfalls. On the harder side of easy due to large number of steps. Interpretive signs help explain the North Shore's long geological history. Overall, a good introduction to North Shore hiking.

Nice loop or you can shuttle if you want to go one way only. Beautiful trail along the river.

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