Cascade River

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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If it’s a good workout you’re looking for along with picturesque views of a tumbling whitewater river, climb the trail that follows the Cascade River inland from the North Shore. For spectacular views of Lake Superior, side hikes extend outside the park to Moose and Lookout Mountains, both of which rise 600 feet above the lake. Along the hike, the trail ventures close to the riverbank for views of waterfalls and then away from the river where the Cascade’s rushing water can be heard far below. The hiking trail climbs more than 600 feet upstream along the west side, crosses over on a county road, and then journeys back down the east side. Portions of the trail are steep, and other portions cross wet areas on log bridges or boardwalks, so protective footwear is a must. This is a strenuous hike along a narrow, volcanic canyon that carries a rapidly moving river to Lake Superior, but it’s well worth the effort.
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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

If it’s a good workout you’re looking for along with picturesque views of a tumbling whitewater river, climb the trail that follows the Cascade River inland from the North Shore. For spectacular views of Lake Superior, side hikes extend outside the park to Moose and Lookout Mountains, both of which rise 600 feet above the lake. Along the hike, the trail ventures close to the riverbank for views of waterfalls and then away from the river where the Cascade’s rushing water can be heard far below.

The hiking trail climbs more than 600 feet upstream along the west side, crosses over on a county road, and then journeys back down the east side. Portions of the trail are steep, and other portions cross wet areas on log bridges or boardwalks, so protective footwear is a must. This is a strenuous hike along a narrow, volcanic canyon that carries a rapidly moving river to Lake Superior, but it’s well worth the effort.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Marais
Length: 7.3
Elevation Gain: 630 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 690 feet
Top Elevation: 1,320 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cascade River State Park; Superior National Forest; Gunflint District Ranger
Local Maps: USGS Deer Yard Lake
Topo Map: Cascade River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Minnesota Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/25/2017

I have done this hike many times over the years and I am amazed at how I forget each time how grueling it can be. Part of the attraction is just that, it winds and climbs and descends and has some dangerous points where if you were to lose your footing it could be catastrophic. All the while being a clear and well maintained trail. I would love to find more trails like this so if anyone knows this trail and others like it please share.

5/19/2003

This trail is great if you are looking for a little adventure. It do not recommend for beginning hikers but it is well worth the time and effort. At some places along the trail in the summer there are wild blueberry patches, it's a great hike to take a family on if they have done any hiking before.

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