camping and hiking at Cascade River State Park

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Cascades on the Cascade River

We pulled into Cascade River State Park around 6 pm and checked in to our campsite.  We set up the tent quickly and decided to hike up to see the Cascades and do the geocaching.  The first couple locations of the multi cache were located between our site and the Cascades.  The next stop was down the trail in the opposite direction we were heading so we finished the geocaching another day. 

The Cascades were nice but it was getting dark in the woods so the photos are dark.  The Cascade River cuts through the basalt rocks of the park forming a series of small waterfalls and cascades.

I wanted to do the hiking club trail, which followed part of the Superior Hiking Trail, so we headed up the trail on the way to Lookout Mountain.

me geocaching at the Cascades
  The trail crossed another small stream with a large wooden bridge chained to some trees.  Mom laughed because she wondered who would steal a bridge out here, but I explained it was probably because the river floods in spring and the previous bridges washed away. 

The overlook from Lookout Mountain was very disappointing, especially after the 500 foot elevation gain.  All we saw were the tops of trees and could barely see Lake Superior because it was about the same color as the sky and they blended together.  It was a pretty steep uphill climb and it was already 8 pm and we still had a mile and a half to go before we got back to camp. 

The trail back was a small, not very traveled foot path.  It kept getting darker on us as we tried to make our way down the hill and out of the woods.  We had flashlights with us, but we didn't quite need them.  We got back to camp around 9 pm and made a fire.  It was really cool that night, about 45 degrees F, and our campfire just wouldn't burn warm enough for us! 

pensacolapyro says:
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Posted on: Jul 13, 2009
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Cascades on the Cascade River
Cascades on the Cascade River
me geocaching at the Cascades
me geocaching at the Cascades
another view of the Cascades
another view of the Cascades
Superior Hiking Trail sign
Superior Hiking Trail sign
Bridge chained to tree
Bridge chained to tree
view from Lookout Mountain
view from Lookout Mountain
Lake Superior from Lookout Mountai…
Lake Superior from Lookout Mounta…
wheres the trail?
where's the trail?
someone needs a spelling lesson
someone needs a spelling lesson
our campsite
our campsite
Good Harbor Bay wayside - awesome …
Good Harbor Bay wayside - awesome…
Lutsen Hostels review
nice wooded sites
Cascade River State Park has a campground with about 40 drive in sites and 5 back pack sites. Most of the sites are reservable (for an additional fee… read entire review
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photo by: lauragully