Fifth Falls and Superior Hiking Trail Loop

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Fifth Falls and Superior Hiking Trail Loop is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Two Harbors, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 298 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching



partially paved




wild flowers

1 month ago

Fun trail with great views of the waterfalls and Lake Superior. Busy trail, but nice scenery.

Awesome trail with amazing views of Gooseberry that you just won’t see from the main visitor center area. Trail is mostly level and easy to navigate. It is also clearly marked. Today was a cool 62 degrees with some light rain. We brought our dog along and he loved it.

1 month ago

nice easy loop for the whole family

2 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Went early and didn't see anyone else.

9 months ago

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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Beautiful hike!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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)

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fun, quick, scenic

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

easy hike with the kids

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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!

Monday, July 31, 2017

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great family friendly walking trails. Absolutely awesome picnic area down on lake superior.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Loved it!!! Well kept trails and clean bathrooms at the office.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

heavily populated trail. very short hike to the falls. worth the quick stop along hwy 61

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beautiful trail. Heavily trafficked though. If you have time, take the trail starting at by the campgrounds and follow the cliffs against Lake Superior and up the side of the river for the best panoramic. Just going through the parking lot and to the falls is all paved and doesn't really count as a hike in my opinion - or as a real visit to what the park as to offer. This park has more than just the main falls; check it all out!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Gorgeous! Wasn't a hike, more like a scenic, elevated walk with loads of other people, but the views are amazing, and the area is beautiful. It's a closer-in trail, and so more easily accessible to those with a short amount of time and those who need something just off the highway. Very pretty, and we spent a good time longer there than anticipated because of the waterfalls. There is fishing also located off the trail.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

had a great time. will go back when I have more time!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

gorgeous views of gooseberry falls and lake superior. easy hiking and very well maintained trails.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Beautiful spring day

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This is a wonderful area, the falls are great. The hiking path isn't usually to congested tourists usually stay by the falls. It's a nice loop, totally an easy hike.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

There's a ton of sights to keep you occupied during this hike. Plenty of waterfalls, boulders, wooden bridges and walkways, and trees with gnarly branches and roots. I wasn't bored during any second of the hike. A warning for those of you hiking when the ice is melting: Do not cross the water over a slushy pathway. On a sunny day it will soon become a rushing river and you will be forced to forge the river and get freezing cold. One of the pictures I uploaded shows a man doing just that.

Friday, May 30, 2014

We were at the falls the day after ice out. WOW. I've never seen the falls or river so full! Would love to come back in the summer!

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