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Lutsen to Grand Marais

  • 35.2 Miles of Trail
  • 4 Sections of Trail
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Sections South to North

Trail Alerts

Cascade River State Park to Bally Creek Road
  • The Trout Creek Bridge on the east side of the Cascade River is out for the foreseeable future. The creek is crossable on stepping stones in low water, but will be impassable in high water in the spring or after a rain event. In that case, use the trail on the west side of the Cascade River. It is impossible for SHTA to predict when the creek is crossable.
  • This alert also applies to the Cascade River Loop.

Lutsen Mountains Recreation Area to Caribou Trail

Directions

Lutsen Mountains Recreation Area Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 90.1, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 5 (Ski Hill Rd.) and go 2.9 miles to recreation area. Park in general parking areas or continue 0.3 miles up road past gondola and restaurant to small trailhead parking lot on left. Overnight parking okay in both areas. Bathroom, restaurant, drinking water at trailhead area.

Description
  • Scenic section with stretches paralleling Poplar River and beautiful Lake Agnes
  • Steep descents and ascents with multiple vistas of Poplar River Valley
  • Spur trail to White Sky Rock with incredible view of Caribou Lake

Caribou Trail to Cascade River State Park

Directions

Caribou Trail Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 92.0, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 4 (Caribou Trail) and go 4.1 miles to Co. Rd. 94. Turn right and take immediate left to trailhead parking lot. Overnight parking okay, outhouse at trailhead.

Description
  • Features White Sky Rock overlook spur and Lake Agnes
  • Follows maple ridgelines with views of Lake Superior and Sawtooth range
  • Crosses several scenic creeks and near thundery waterfalls on Cascade River
  • Panoramic views from Lookout Mountain

Cascade River State Park to Bally Creek Road

Directions

Cascade River Wayside Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 99.9 on left side of highway. Main SHT is on the west side of the river. Spur trail on east side of river has crossing of Trout Creek with no bridge, which may not be passable in the spring or after rain event. There is a bridge upstream 0.2 miles from the wayside parking lot to cross from one side of the river to the other. No overnight parking at wayside. Overnight parking is available by Cascade River State Park campground with a state park sticker; check-in with state park staff.

Alternate Parking Option #1: Co. Rd. 45 (Pike Lake Rd.) on north end of Cascade River Loop. At Hwy. 61 milepost 101.5, turn left on Co. Rd. 7 and go 2.0 miles to junction with Cook Co. Rd. 44. Continue straight on Co. Rd. 44 for 0.5 miles. Turn left and go on Co. Rd. 45 for 2.6 miles to parking lot on right. Overnight parking okay.

Alternate Parking Option #2: Co. Rd. 158 (Bally Creek Rd.) at the Sundling Creek spur trail. At Hwy. 61 milepost 101.7, turn left (north) on Co. Rd. 7 and go 4.3 miles. Turn left on Co. Rd. 48 and go 0.3 miles to “T” intersection. Turn left on Forest Rd. 158 (Bally Creek Rd.) and go 1.9 miles (passing first SHT parking lot on Bally Creek Rd.) to large grassy parking lot on left. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Trail heads upstream paralleling Cascade River
  • Views of Eagle Mountain (highest point in state)
  • 7.8 mile Cascade River Loop goes up one side of river, crosses bridge over river on Co.Rd. 45 (Pike Lake Rd.) and goes back down the other side
Trail Alerts
  • The Trout Creek Bridge on the east side of the Cascade River is out for the foreseeable future. The creek is crossable on stepping stones in low water, but will be impassable in high water in the spring or after a rain event. In that case, use the trail on the west side of the Cascade River. It is impossible for SHTA to predict when the creek is crossable.
  • This alert also applies to the Cascade River Loop.

Bally Creek Road to Grand Marais

Directions

Bally Creek Road Trailhead: Co. Rd. 158 (Bally Creek Rd.) At Hwy. 61 milepost 101.7, turn left (north) on Co. Rd. 7 and go 4.3 miles. Turn left on Co. Rd. 48 and go 0.3 miles to “T” intersection. Turn left on Forest Rd. 158 (Bally Creek Rd.) and go 1.0 mile to trailhead parking lot on left. Overnight parking okay.

Alternate Parking Option: Cook Co. Rd. 6/115F parking lot. At Hwy. 61 milepost 101.7 turn left (north) on Cook Co. Rd. 7 and go 6.0 miles. Turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 6 and go 1.5 miles to pull-through parking lot at intersection with 115F. Overnight parking okay.

Grand Marais Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 110.0, turn left on Cook Co. Rd. 12 (Gunflint Trail) and go 2.0 miles. Turn right on Cook Co. Rd. 53 (Pincushion Drive) and go 0.25 miles to parking lot. Turn from Gunflint Trail has sign marked “Scenic Overlook.” Overnight parking okay, outhouse at trailhead.

Description
  • Features scenic Sundling Creek and large beaver pond
  • Passes through large red pine forest
  • Joins the North Shore State Trail (snowmobile trail) for 2.5 miles before steep descent with views of Lake Superior