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Lake Superior: Manitou and Caribou Rivers

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George Crosby Manitou State Park

Lake Superior: Manitou and Caribou Rivers is a 14.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Finland, Minnesota that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.3 mi Elevation gain 2,713 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Jacynthe Emond
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HikingBugsMuddy

I had planned on hiking in and spending two days however on the first night, luckily after I crawled in my tent, it rained quite a bit and it was very windy which continued throughout the morning. I hiked it all back out the next day, it was pretty muddy and small detours due to watered areas, it was not so bad hiking in before the rain. It is a lovely hike pretty flat for the first 3-5 miles and then picks up a little elevation here and there until you hit the lake. Plenty of places for water. Site was empty, I was right off the lake, sounds and sights are wonderful.

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Martha Winslow
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Hiking

a beautiful trail!

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Bun Navigators
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Backpacking

amazing park but the online reservation system is the death of it. full reservations online with 24 campsites but when we were there (weekend) only saw one other dude. we highly recommend switching back to walk up permit system because its an empty park now and getting a reservation is an unnecessary pain.

Nola Hart
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Incredible section to hike through on the Superior Hiking Trail. Went from north to south, starting at Cook County Road 1 to Crosby-Manitou. Would suggest going south to north for the 17 miles due to the rugged nature of Crosby-Manitou. Had amazing views and lots of evidence of wildlife along the trail. Plenty of water along the way. Depending on the season, make sure to bring plenty of bug spray and beware of ticks.

Andrea Karoff
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Backpacking

Definitely a challenging trail. We hiked in late September when foggy and overcast so have to trust that views are great. Some very steep, rocky and technical (you better look where you’re stepping before you step) sections, especially at manitou river. Great camp sites along the way. No problem finding water sources along trail. It was a real workout but a fabulous experience.

Cecilia Carter
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Hiking

It was a challenging but it’s worth it! The view of the Manitou River was beautiful.

Bun Navigators
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Backpacking

backpacking park

Cheryl Smith
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Backpacking

We actually did a loop starting with the Humpback Trail then connected with the Manitou River Trail campsite #6 is a great place to stop and have a snack... great rock to rest on...campsite number 10 is perfectly beautiful...the trail is rugged... sometimes it just disappears and you have to bushwhack your own path.. climbing over trees and under or whatever in between... I think about campsite #12 we took off on the Matt Willis Trail and continued onto the Lake Benson trail around the west side of the lake... once you get to this trail it’s a piece of cake a boardwalk all the way around the lake until you get to the road which takes you back to the parking lot. The trail is moderately hard just because the footing is difficult... ferns cover the path sometimes waist high,(so you can’t always see where your foot is going)ground was pretty moist, slippery uneven rocky trail... otherwise not too difficult... went the end of June we had a perfect weather window... it started raining as we left... we had the place to ourselves

Veronica Surges
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Backpacking

They say the trails in Crosby-Manitou are rugged. Believe them. Trail is hard to follow in some places, overgrown, downed trees, steep ascents and descents. Well worth it.

Doug McCabe
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Hiking

Packed in and hiked about 100 miles from Two Harbors north, camping at the free campsites that are first come first serve. One guidebook said Gooseberry Falls State Park had food, don't believe it unless a chip/candy bar machine counts as food. Well marked trail, paralleling the Lake Superior shoreline roughly from Duluth to the Canadian border. Much of the trip you can hear traffic from the shoreline highway, but it's not too bad. The trail is quite vertical at times, best to get a guidebook at the SHT office in Two Harbors so you know the level of difficulty. Saw bear on the trail, and wolves are all around. Bring plenty of food, and water filtration, as finding food might take a couple days sometimes. You may see a moose, but more likely not to see one. This is a beautiful trail and pretty well maintained by volunteers. It cuts through private land, national and state forests, and something like 7 state parks. There are some nice parking lots at some entry points, and last I knew the SHTA office provides a small bus shuttle service Friday, Sat. and Sun... but be there on time... if you snooze you lose. Hitch hiking for me always worked, in my 50s I even did some 2 or 3 day trips up the shore with a thumb out, backpack and umbrella. People were pretty cool about moving you up and down the shoreline. Cell coverage can drop out so don't depend on that. Excellent, excellent scenary especially the small canyon like river and stream gorges where the water flows into Lake Superior.

Ben Porter
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning scenery in fall! Recently completed as part of a 4 day backpacking journey. Can be challenging in parts due to rocks, roots, and climbs. Well marked and established though.

Denny S.
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Hiking

Wonderful Fall weekend hike from George Crosby Manitou State Park to Caribou Falls with an overnight at a Superior Hiking Trail campsite.

Ron Alden
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Caribou Falls is one of my favorites. This is worth the trip! Great Hiking.

Melissa Logan
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Mat Peot
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Rick Bale
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Carter Matthews
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Ronald Hoppus
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Guy Lindvall
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Anderson Carter
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Nia (.
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Susan Susan Rau
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