Explore the most popular trails near Carlton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
23 days ago

hiking
muddy
30 days 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Busy, but after the bridge okay. Easy hike.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Decent trail, could use a bit more signage.

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

We finished segment 1!!!!

hiking
2 months ago

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

We began at Wild Valley and hiked to terminus, signed the hood, and then hiked back out. This is where we parked our car. We then hiked to Jay Cook. We had called to determine if we could camp and since we are hikers we qualify for overflow camping. The person we spoke to indicated that we could camp in the park but ‘leave no trace’ (of course). When we got to the park we found out all of that was true except the only place we could camp was the picnic area and not other areas of the park. We had planned on doing around 14-15 miles today so that was a bummer. Overall, trail conditions are excellent. Really well maintained with wood pathways in low lying areas. Just beautiful.

hiking
2 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
2 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
3 months ago

Very muddy in spots and the mosquitoes were moderately bad.

We did Martins Road to 24th and Skyline. We were on the trail at trailhead but quickly got diverted with a number of the other trails that criss crossed this trail. While there was initial signage, we didn’t see any blazes for a long time and spent time trying to get back to trail. This section of the trail has a good amount of street and residential hiking. The nature center section was beautiful and the trail also followed a river for a time that was very nice. The city and lake walk was exactly what you thought the city and lake would be. The topographical map in the SHT made the elevation back up look daunting We were SOBO and it wasn’t bad at all. Overall, signage and trail was good but there times where the directions left you guessing.

hiking
4 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
6 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!

Day one of this hike did the 1.9 mile trail to the southern terminus and then headed back from there to the Fond du lac trail head. the majority of this trail is rated moderate or difficult. I has alot of hills so in this 20 mile section I did the equivalent of 175 floors. Lots of water and deep mud yet at the beginning of May.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

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