Cascade River State Park

Trail conditions:

Over 18" of snow has fallen in the past week and winter activities are in full-swing at the park.Classic ski trails were groomed Jan. 24 and are in excellent condition. Ski the ridge trail to Moose Mountain for your best chance at seeing wildlife. The Lakeshore trail experience is epic; see Gitchi Gummi in all her glory!Snowshoe trails have been broke along either side of the Cascade River.Hiking to see the frozen waterfalls at Root Beer Falls is a favorite - it's only a 20 minute hike, round-trip.

Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 12"
Trail mileage: 17.0
Difficulty: intermediate (track)  
Trail conditions: excellent
Trail groomed? yes
Trail base: 10"
Trail mileage: 2.0

The trail(s):
The trail is consistent with the North Shore topography; cliffs intermixed with forest land. All types of wildlife can be seen along the trail. Ski trails range from easy to difficult. One loop is available for the less experienced skier. Trails connect to other local trails outside the park.
You can snowshoe anywhere in Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas, except on trails that are specifically groomed for another activity, such as skiing or snowmobiling.


  • A warming house is available at the trailhead.
  • Ski passes are available outside the park office daily during the ski season. Otherwise, the park office is open and ski passes can be purchased on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Winter camping is available. Contact park for further details.

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Last updated on January 24, 2020. Local snow depth is 36".

Getting there

3481 W Hwy 61
Lutsen, MN 55612

From Lutsen, head north on Highway 61 to Cascade Park entrance. Trailhead is located one mile past the contact station in park.

Parking available at the trailhead.


Phone: 218-387-6000
Email: [email protected]
Contact hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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