Silver Creek Trail

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Silver Creek Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlton, Minnesota that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 291 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

road biking

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

great walk but very very muddy. Went a modified route that stayed closer to the river and then cut across east ridge due to needing to get somewhere. but good walk. quiet despite the crowds next to the bridge.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful; moderate difficulty, less interesting than along the river but very nicely wooded. Jay Cooke Park has incredible views and vistas. St. Louis River is front and center attraction. Gorgeous white water, rocky river. Stunning scenery throughout the park!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

This is pretty much just an extended walk through the woods. There isn't much scenic to it. We also spent a lot of time dodging big mud pits. If you're looking for sights, I overheard a ranger recommend the Carlton trail along the river instead.

walking
4 months ago

This trails was so freaking stunning that there is no amount of string of words I could give anyone for how magical it is. This park is breathtaking & I will come back & do More here at Jay Cooke State Park. ♥️

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Busy, but after the bridge okay. Easy hike.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Decent trail, could use a bit more signage.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice loop trail for a short hike. Walk the trail clockwise. That way, you save the best for last.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little hike. Go early before the bugs and tourists are out.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked on a Monday morning in mid-August. Little traffic on the trail. Portions were muddy but easy to get past. Bugs were present but not bad.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Really enjoying this hike. Kind of buggy - so may want to throw on some spray, or have it handy. Multiple spots of mud/water - most very easy to get around. You can really hear the river through the trees on that part, so you’ll just have to decide if you want that at the beginning or the end. :) The rest of the hike is a nice wooded stroll.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Very muddy in spots and the mosquitoes were moderately bad.

hiking
6 months ago

Best hiked counter clockwise, less elevation climb and saves some of the scenic area for last. For the most part, the trail is a simple walk in the woods except at the trail head area. You are not missing anything spectacular if you do the river area and skip the full trail.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Hiked this in mid April. Still had snow and ice on it. I recommend cleats and poles when hiking this in the winter and spring. Gorgeous hike!

hiking
Mon Dec 10 2018

I hike this trail often. There can be a lot of people near the main parking/lodge/river area but otherwise it is great.

hiking
Sun May 27 2018

The main entrance area is super busy and touristy but we found a great trail a few miles down the road and hiked for a fee miles. Pick up q map from the main entrance and drive a few miles down hwy 210. great elevation changes and scenery. Had the dog off the leash for 99% of the time. came across 3 people which was great.

hiking
Sun Mar 11 2018

Beautiful early spring hike

snowshoeing
Fri Jan 05 2018

We went snowshoeing (you can also hike or cc ski) through the Ogantz trail in Jay Cooke state park. Most of the trail went along the river with some beautiful overlooks while the last of the loop went through the rolling woods. Trail varied from easy to moderate.

hiking
Sun Sep 17 2017

hiking
Sat Jul 29 2017

Nice loop mostly along the St. Louis River and Silver Creek, which can be heard more often than seen. Somewhat famous suspension bridge takes you across St. Louis River. Crowds will thin out after you cross the bridge and begin the loop. Trail will be muddy with high grass in the spring, and part of the trail along Silver Creek appears to never get cut. Prepare for some tall grass. This is also the park's Hiking Club Trail. Overall, probably the best hike at Jay Cooke State Park.

running
Fri Jul 08 2011

The river edge trail is a very nice, scenic hike albeit short unless you continue on to the other trails. Near the St. Louis River the trails are worn down to dirt making footing and hiking easy unless it is muddy. The rest of the trails throughout the park are not mowed so tall grass and weeds will hit your legs constantly and get stuck between your toes if using five finger shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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