Take the trail that winds along the edge of the Temperance River gorge and enjoy the rushing waterfalls surrounded by pine, spruce, cedar and birch forests. The rapidly flowing river has cut deep potholes in and along the riverbed. Hike the trail to Hidden Falls or connect up with trails into the Superior National Forest and the Cross River Wayside. Visitors come to camp and picnic along the shore of Lake Superior. Winter brings cross-country skiers and snowmobilers to tackle the hilly terrain. Carlton Peak, a recent addition to the park, is popular with rock climbers and offers even more recreational opportunities to park visitors.

a little steep in some spots with the snowshoes, fantastic view of Lake Superior at the top

Metal cleats made the hike an awesome day

Great any time of year. MicroSpikes can be a big help in certain spots in winter.

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.

The river gorge hike is a highlight on the North Shore.

Fairly easy hike along a tight and very interesting river gorge. Hidden Falls is the highlight, but the area above the falls is nice too. Don't get in a hurry on your way up the North Shore and miss this one.

The Temperance River is a great spot for a short or extended hike up river. We only went as far as the falls and Cauldron. But when the water is really running after a good rain, this is a neat spot to check out.

very well maintained trails with great views of river, waterfall, and lake superior. Carlton peak is a must for any hiker.

For MN hiking at lower elevations this is moderate difficulty but if you are used to high elevation hiking it is easy.

Great view of the river.

4 stars for Minnesota, rare long-distance views from the top. One can see far to the north, Lake Superior to the south, and even Wisconsin on a clear day. Fun most any time of year. Swimming on the Temperance is good on hot days.

Friday, July 01, 2016

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