Lake Superior: Manitou and Caribou Rivers

MODERATE 7 reviews

Lake Superior: Manitou and Caribou Rivers is a 15.3 mile out and back trail located near Finland, Minnesota that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until October.

15.3 miles
3021 feet
Out & Back




1 month ago

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.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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.

Monday, October 08, 2012

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.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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