by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)
The focal point of the trails within the St. Croix National Forest is the wild and picturesque Tamarack River, a narrow, twisting river that slowly makes its way south to join the much larger St. Croix River. Although often shallow, the Tamarack changes character following a heavy rain and becomes fast, deep, and dangerous.
The confluence of the Tamarack and St. Croix is less than half a mile from the south end of the trail at Pine Point. From here, you’ll see Wisconsin hills across the St. Croix.The popular but rugged Tamarack Trail is beautiful at any time of the year, but its mixed forests of evergreen and deciduous trees are particularly striking in the fall. The trail hugs the riverbank, crosses the Tamarack several times, ascends the sometimes-steep hills, and, at times, wanders a distance from the river. This gives the hiker a variety of perspectives of the St. Croix State Forest.
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