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Carlton, Minnesota Map

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

7 months ago

It's an okay trail, however the way the trail is displayed here is not as accurate as it could be...you'd be better off using this as a second back-up option to getting a map from the local area instead.
ON TOP OF THIS, this waterfall loop is NOT associated with Jay cooke state park. It needs to stop being advertised as if it is. plus it's not much if a waterfall but during the summer right now a dried up river area. I live near by AND work in the area so this app needs to update it's info. DO NOT refer to it as a part of jay cooke park or as a waterfall...it's really not.

The bridge and the trail segment along the river is very nice. However, once you get away from the riverbank it becomes just an average trail and very buggy.

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.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Beautiful early spring hike

Friday, January 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.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This park is still not by Macgregor (see comment from 2011!!!!)...and still needs to be corrected on the map sites and AllTrails. Hello?????

Saturday, October 21, 2017

fairly easy hike with small areas of elevation and some roots and rocky areas

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Saturday, July 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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

great hiking the hills up to the bluff are a bit tough but in late fall you can find so many cool mushrooms!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

excellent, gorgeous area

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beautiful rock formations. Spring melt best time to visit.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is there mountain biking

trail running
Friday, July 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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

This was in early spring (March) with the trails still snow covered. Extended views and wildlife traces could be found everywhere. The best time to shoot is early morning and near sunset. The glow in the sky is tremendous. Some areas of the trails had snowpack and ice along the rocks and the river. In most cases it was easy to navagate. Snowshoes were the best in the back country. Great time of year to experience this area as well as Lake superior.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jay Cooke is not by McGregor, it is way closer to Duluth, near Carlton. This needs to be corrected.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nice park. Nice bike trail, easy hiking. Go in the spring when the St. Louis River is really roaring and the kayakers are practicing their skills.

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