St Croix State Forest - Tamarack

Hinckley, Minnesota 55037

St Croix State Forest - Tamarack

St. Croix State Forest - Tamarack Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

St. Croix State Forest - Tamarack Trip Reports

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Getting to the trailhead was a little difficult at first since this trail has multiple entrances and I wanted to start the trail at the point according to the summary guide. To start the trail at Boulder Campground, you start at Campsite 18 next to the post with the map on it and walk past the tent site where the trail will continue on. The campsite had visitor parking and I paid the $12 for a campsite even though I was only camping at one of the 5 trail sites. The trail was in excellent condition, not many muddy spots, and not overgrown or debry, things like that. Once you got past site 4 a little ways we had to forge the Tamarack River. It was about knee deep and I didn't bring my water shoes so the rocks hurt as you crossed. The current wasn't fast moving which helped to maintain balance. After the river crossing the ATV trail starts and we could hear them every now and then. I planned to stay at site 3, but once I got there and found it to be practically on the ATV trail, I decided to continue on and check out site 2. It took us 3 hours to hike to Site 2 from the campground. Site 2 was better so I decided to stay, but still next to the ATV trail and it was also close to the horse camp. We could here the horses snorting most of the night. It was a good site though and close to the river. We were awokend at 6 in the morning by an ATVer yelling ye-haw as he passed by. We saw a lot of horseback riders coming through as we continued on the trail. The only dificult part of the trail was climbing up the steps that were made for the horseback riders. Other than that, the trail was very smooth and well marked.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 to 5 hours
1,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,020 feet
Top Elevation
Sandstone State Forest Office, 613 Hwy. 23 South, Sandstone, MN 55072; (320) 245–6789; Trails and Waterways Rt. #2, 701 South Kenwood, Moose Lake, MN 55767; (218) 485-541
Local Contacts
USGS Danbury West
Local Maps