The Lutsen area offers great hiking. According to Backpacker Magazine, our Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) ranks as one of the 10 best trails in the nation. From short hikes up to vistas overlooking Lake Superior, trails along nearby rivers or day-long hikes, the variety of interesting places to explore are endless.
Nearby hikes in Cascade River State Park and Temperance River State Park follow rivers that rage through rock canyons and tumble over some of the best waterfalls in the state. If you thought Gooseberry Falls were great, wait until you see the falls at the Cascade River or Judge C.R. Magney State Park. In Judge C.R. Magney, at the Devil’s Kettle, the Brule River splits into two parts, one side plunges down a waterfall and the other disappears into a hole. The DNR has tried various methods to find out where the water reappears, but it remains a mystery.
For “peak baggers”, the highest point in Minnesota is a scenic 20 minute drive from the resort. From the trailhead, you’ll head into the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area for a seven-mile round trip. You’ll need a self-issued free permit available at the trailhead. The view before the summit is the perfect place for a picnic.