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Silver Bay to Caribou Falls State Wayside

  • 45.3 Miles of Trail
  • 5 Sections of Trail
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Trail Alerts

Crosby-Manitou State Park to Caribou Falls State Wayside
  • Caribou Falls State Wayside will be closed completely from late July through early fall for rehabilitation. Cars should re-route to Sugar Loaf Road, a few miles north.

Silver Bay to Tettegouche State Park and Highway 1

Directions

Hike Option: Bean and Bear Lakes Loop (also called the Twin Lakes Trail), 6.8 miles. From the Penn Blvd. Trailhead parking lot, take the main SHT 3.6 miles to see lovely Bean and Bear Lakes to the junction with the loop trail, which is 0.2 miles past the Bear Lake Campsite spur. Then take the loop trail back through the woods to the main trail and back to the parking lot.

There is an alternate start to this loop trail hike at the Bay Area Historical Society/Silver Bay Visitor Center. This 2.3 mile spur starts on Silver Bay ATV trails for 0.7 miles and is then on nice trail through the woods to the loop. The total mileage for this option is 7.6 miles. Directions to Visitor Center: At Hwy. 61 milepost 54.3, turn left at stoplight on Outer Drive and go 0.5 miles to Visitor Center on right.

Silver Bay (Penn Boulevard) Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 54.3, turn left at stoplight on Outer Drive and go 1.5 miles to Penn Blvd. Continue straight 0.5 miles on Penn Blvd. to parking lot on right. Overnight parking okay.

Alternate Parking Option #1: Tettegouche State Park Wayside. At Hwy. 61 milepost 58.5 on right. No state park sticker required. Day use only. To access the SHT, take state park spur trail to High Falls of the Baptism River.

Alternate Parking Option #2: State Park parking lot inside state park. At Hwy. 61 milepost 58.5 on right. Take road to picnic area and large parking lot. Overnight parking okay with state park sticker; check-in with state park staff.

Description
  • Very challenging and scenic section with views of Lake Superior and inland forests
  • Views of Bean and Bear Lakes from trail on ridge
  • Incredible views from Round Mountain, Mount Trudee, and Raven Rock
  • Steep descent down the Drainpipe, a series of giant rock steps
  • Crosses on bridge over High Falls of the Baptism River, the highest falls entirely in Minnesota

Highway 1 to Lake County Road 6

Directions

Highway 1 Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 59.3, turn left on Hwy. 1 and go 0.8 miles to trailhead parking lot on left. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Some steep ascents and descents through maple forests
  • Open ledges with great views of Lake Superior and inland lakes
  • 0.5 mile spur trail to Fantasia Overlook

Lake County Road 6 to Lake County Road 7

Directions

Lake County Road 6 Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 65.3, turn left on Lake Co. Rd. 6 and go 2.3 miles to trailhead parking lot on right. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Mileage includes 0.3 mile of access spur trail. Thru-hiker mileage for this section is 7.3 miles
  • Climbs to Section 13 cliffs with breathtaking views from high cliffs overlooking Sawmill Creek and Baptism River Valleys
  • Traverses 440-foot boardwalk over beaver dam
  • Features huge glacial erratic rock over 20 feet tall

Lake County Road 7 to Crosby-Manitou State Park

Directions

Clair Nelson Community Center (Finland Rec Center) Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 59.3, turn left on Hwy. 1 and go 6.0 miles to Lake Co. Rd. 7 (Cramer Rd.). Turn right and go 1.3 miles to parking lot past the ball field at the Clair Nelson Community Center. Overnight parking okay, outhouse at trailhead.
Alternate Parking Option: Sonju Lake Road parking lot. At Hwy. 61 milepost 59.3, turn left on Hwy. 1 and go 6.0 miles to lake Co. Rd. 7 (Cramer Rd.). Turn right and go 6.8 miles. Turn left on Sonju Lake Rd. and go 2.3 miles to parking lot on left. Overnight parking okay.

Description
  • Mileage includes 0.3 mile of access spur trail. Thru-hiker mileage for this section is 11.5 miles
  • Features spectacular Egge and Sonju Lakes
  • Boardwalk to Lily Island on Sonju Lake
  • Travels through beautiful maple and cedar forests

Crosby-Manitou State Park to Caribou Falls State Wayside

Directions

Crosby-Manitou State Park Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 59.3, turn left on Hwy. 1 and go 6.0 miles to Lake Co. Rd. 7 (Cramer Rd.). Turn right and go 7.8 miles to entrance of Crosby-Manitou State Park. Turn right and go 0.9 miles to trailhead parking lot. State park sticker required; purchase annual sticker at another park. Single or several day use permit can be purchased via self-registration and payment onsite. Outhouse at trailhead.

Caribou Falls State Wayside Trailhead: At Hwy. 61 milepost 70.5 on left side of highway. No overnight parking.

Description
  • Mileage includes 0.7 mile of access spur trail. Thru-hiker mileage for this section is 7.3 miles
  • Rugged, challenging terrain with dramatic views of Lake Superior and inland ridges
  • Bridges over stunning Manitou River and Caribou River
Trail Alerts
  • Caribou Falls State Wayside will be closed completely from late July through early fall for rehabilitation. Cars should re-route to Sugar Loaf Road, a few miles north.