Fifth Falls and Superior Hiking Trail Loop

EASY 73 reviews

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

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

24 days ago

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.

26 days ago

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!!

hiking
1 month ago

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)

walking
1 month ago

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.

4 months ago

Fun, quick, scenic

walking
4 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

walking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
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!

walking
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!

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Monday, August 12, 2013

Had such a great time hiking here. Beautiful trails!

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beautiful hike!

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Really pretty falls. I've gone several times, and will go again. The last trip I went on was my favorite, because it was raining. There was hardly anyone there!

hiking
Saturday, December 17, 2011

You can't describe it. you just must see.

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2011

Beautiful area... Take the loop, it is amazing... Most people walk down to the lower falls n back, do the whole loop or your missing out.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Went early spring in April for the early spring thaw hoping to still see some ice caves along Superior shore as well as the Gooseberrry river trail. Good hike lots of action on the river.

camping
Saturday, October 30, 2010

This jewel of MN State Parks has many miles of hiking trails of varying challenge, from single foot-path to wide grassy trails, making it very family friendly. The well known water falls (upper, middle and lower falls) and great Lake Superior shoreline make this a must stop along the north shore, bringing crowds almost year-round, yet worth it. The campgrounds are excellent, the park has many great stone buildings from the conservation corps, and it is located near many other north shore attractions. Needs to be on everyone's to-do list.

hiking
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

It's a state Park so, it's a busy place. But it's beautiful to see the falls and follow it out to Lake Superior.

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