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Day Hill Trail

Located within the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, the Day Hill trail is a short, but steep hike that ends with amazing views of the surrounding area. It is one of the many trails located within this state park, but is often referred to as the best in the park as its easy enough for intermediate hikers, but also not too easy for those who enjoy something challenging. Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with not only the amazing views, but also with an interesting piece of history with a unique story behind it.

The trail itself spurs from the parking lot and takes you behind one of the cart-in campgrounds as you make your way through. Instead of turning left at the fork to head to the lighthouse, take the right and make your way up Day Hill. The hike is around 1.4 miles and involves a couple of steep patches of trail. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled along the way as there are plenty of awesome overlooks and views of surrounding valleys throughout the hike.

 

Once you’ve reached the top, take a moment to take in the beauty of what is before your eyes. Not only will you see outstanding views of Lake Superior, you will also notice a large chimney that is the only remnant of an unfinished house. There is plenty of history behind it—but that is for you to find out on your own once you conquer the climb. Be sure to pack a snack to enjoy at the summit and wear the proper gear!

 

To get to the Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, follow Highway 61 up the North Shore and look for signs reading “Split Rock Lighthouse”.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Top things to do on the Gunflint Trail

For outdoorsy people, the Gunflint Trail is a year-round wilderness with many things to do and even more to see! The trail is a remote wilderness road that winds through a thick, undeveloped boreal forest of several species of trees. It borders the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, has hiking trails that spur from the main road, and is home to popular destinations like Eagle Mountain, the highest point in the state.

 

Here’s a short list of things to do and see on the Gunflint Trail:

 

Birding/Wildlife/Wildflowers: throughout the whole trail there are several species of ducks, plenty of moose, mushrooms, wildflowers, and even cranberries and blueberries for picking.

 

Hiking: there are plenty of trails throughout the Gunflint Trail, including the well-known Gunflint Lake Trails, South Lake Trail, and Magnetic Rock Trail.

 

Sleigh rides: during the winter months, enjoy a lantern-lit, horse-drawn sleigh ride through the wilderness.

 

Dogsledding: visit the Department of Natural Resources to find specific trails that are available for dogsledding.

 

Snowmobiling/ATV trails: the area offers an excellent trail system for both snowmobiles, all-terrain and off-road vehicles.

 

Fishing: there is plenty of water in the area to try your luck at the huge lake trout, rainbow trout, walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike.

 

Canoe/Kayaking: along with the BWCAW, which has plenty of access for canoes and kayaks, there are many other bodies of water to utilize.

 

Skiing: The Gunflint Trail offers 200 km of groomed cross country ski trails. There is also great back country skiing in the BWCAW.

 

Scenic aspects: Greenwood Road, Waterfalls, Lima Mountain Tour-Driving, Maple Hill Tour-Driving, Pincushion Mountain/ Devil Track loop.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on March 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Grand Portage National Monument

Entirely within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and located right on the shore of Lake Superior, the Grand Portage National Monument is rich with history. When we say it’s old, we mean old! In fact, the arrival of French explorers to this area predates the land at Plymouth Rock in 1620 when ancestors used this spot to link their summer homes at Lake Superior to winter camps inland.

To this day, there are still native people in the area following in their ancestors’ footsteps harvesting maple sugar from the trees and fishing from the bay below. The park is a great way to take a peek at what life was like back then when it was the center of operations for the North West Company and hub of the fur trade. Real life interpreters dressed in costume do their best to reenact the everyday activities that were performed, and are very skilled at doing so!

If you’re feeling up for the task, you might even take on the eight-and-a-half mile grand portage which the city and monument was named after. The portage was used by Ojibwe and French traders in the 1730’s and the Ojibwe and British in the 1760’s to travel around the Pigeon River, allowing them to access the fur-rich areas of the state and establish trading relationships. The current-day trek will take you to the remains of Fort Charlotte in the west and give you a real-life glimpse of what it was like for traders to travel through the area. The trail rises almost 600 feet above shore, but don’t worry, the view will reward you for your hard work!

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


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Posted on March 14th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


George Washington Pines

Nowadays, it’s hard to find a place where you can be surrounded by enormous towering pines and still be able to navigate your way through a trail. However, the George Washington Pines Memorial trail outside of Grand Marais lets you experience it on a 2.25 mile trail.

A short spur from the parking lot off the Gunflint Trail will lead you to the loop that will soon turn into gorgeous tall pines intermingled with birch. As you continue, keep watch for surrounding wildlife that are sure to be out and about. This quiet trail will eventually lead you to the shores of the Elbow River, which is a perfect place to take out the lunch you packed or just take in the beauty of the rushing water flowing right at your feet.

The relatively flat walk is highlighted in the last mile of the hike by the large, fragrant cedar trees. Binoculars are a great thing to bring along as wildlife tend to make their home high up in the trees. Also, be sure to pack the proper gear as the trail tends to be a little wet!

To get there: From highway 61 in Grand Marais, go north on the Gunflint Trail about eight miles to the parking area on your left that is marked with a George Washington Pines sign.

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on March 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Lookout Mountain

Located in Cascade River State Park is one of Minnesota’s most unique features. Halfway between Schroeder and Grand Marais, Cascade Park is usually just a pit stop since the cascades are an easy stroll from the parking lot, but as you continue, you will be amazed at what you find. The trail to Lookout Mountain winds around the mountain giving you picturesque views of the Lake Superior and the surrounding forest.

The hike begins out of the parking lot along Highway 61 and heads towards the cascades. This is where most people stop. However, if you continue onward, you’ll follow the trail for another half mile before breaking off the main trail and heading up the mountain. Because its located within the Cascade River State Park, a hike up this mountain will take you by some of the most amazing waterfalls.

The hike isn’t very difficult and won’t take much time, but you’ll end up seeing a view far beyond what you expected. When you reach the top, feel free to stop and take a breath and enjoy the view. To make it even better, there’s a shelter and campsite right at the top!

 

 


 

Cascade Vacation Rentals offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes, cabins, hotels and cottages on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Our rentals cover a large area from Duluth to Grand Portage and inland up the Caribou Trail, Gunflint Trail and throughout Cook County. View rentals by location (DuluthTwo HarborsSchroederTofteLutsenGrand MaraisGunflint Trail) or category type (pet-friendlylarge homes, inland lake homes, etc) at www.cascadevacationrentals.com.

 


 

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Posted on February 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized |