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.

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!

awesome hike to lookout mountain!

Did this and a little farther. Good views of the cascades. Went down in and hiked along the river as well.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Awesome hike. Lucked out on a great day. Highly recommend.

Awesome!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I've hiked all of the parks along the north shore and this one will always be ranked towards the top! The hike to Lookout Mountain is so worth the views you get at the top! I try to make this hike every time I travel north. Even just wading in the river down by it's mouth to the Lake Superior is gorgeous. Also, lots of good hammock hangs over the river!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

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!

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Sunday, August 09, 2015

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.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

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.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Beautiful place! Go and checkitout!

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