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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 |


Pincushion Trail System: A North Shore Gem

Because of its varied terrain, the Pincushion Trail system offers trails for all sorts of users including hikers, bikers, skiers, fat bikers, birders and many more! With many miles of access, the Pincushion Mountain provides a spectacular view down the mountain to the town of Grand Marais. For hikers, the 15 miles of Pincushion Mountain’s trails offer loops to Lake Superior’s North Shore, the Devil’s Track River, and more! Keep an eye out along the way for an endless amount of birch, aspen, and pine. Hikers can use either the cross-country ski or biking trails, but must keep alert at all times.

There are about 6 miles of single-track trails that mountain bikers can enjoy starting from the trailhead at Pincushion. The trails vary from easy to moderate and some even intersect the cross-country ski trails that can be used if the weather permits. Most of the trails have been developed over time to accompany a smooth ride, but still be cautious as conditions are bound to change. If you’re up for the challenge, many visitors have tried fat biking the Pincushion trails as it makes for a much easier and enjoyable ride.

On a sunny day, the top of the mountain provides a stunning view of Lake Superior. Keep an eye out for pine martens, wolves, and the occasional moose as you stroll along the trails.

A trail map can be found here. 

To get to Pincushion: Follow the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais for 2.5 miles and turn right onto Pincushion Drive. You will find a parking lot and the trail head about .25 miles down Pincushion Drive.

 


 

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 17th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Shovel’s Point: A favorite North Shore hike

Although this hike is only around 2 kilometers, you’ll be amazed at how long it takes you to complete it with how many stops you make to enjoy the views! Jutting into the waters of Lake Superior, Shovel Point is a main attraction for visitors of the North Shore. It is located within Tettegouche State Park and is one of the many wonderful hikes that the park is famous for.

Made of a billion-year-old cape of red rock, this feature provides a great way to get above water level and enjoy some of the greatest views in Minnesota. The hike is perfect for all ages because it is so short, yet so beautiful. There are plenty of steps along the way that provide an easy stroll down to the edge with signs pointing you in the right direction as you move along.

As you make your way along the path, make sure to keep an eye out for the views of the ice caves as they can typically be seen from a point along the way. When you reach the top, you will be greeted with views that stretch for miles, including those of Lake Superior and Palisade Head. This is a perfect spot to break out the lunch you packed and take in the beauty that is right in front of you.

To get to the trail go to Tettegouche State Park. Park in the visitor center parking lot. Start walking east (or to the left if you’re facing Lake Superior) on the trail between the visitor center and Lake Superior.

 


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 12th, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Eagle Mountain: Minnesota’s highest peak and home to billion-year-old rock

 

At over 2,300 feet, Eagle Mountain is the highest natural point in Minnesota!  This Minnesota State Historic Site is located in northern Cook County and is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, northwest of Grand Marais. Coincidentally, it is located only 15 miles from Minnesota’s lowest elevation point, Lake Superior. The peak can be climbed during any season, however, be cautious during the winter months as it can be somewhat slippery.  

 

To reach the summit of Eagle Mountain is quite easy. Although most of the hike is straightforward and uncomplicated, the sometimes rocky and rough terrain make some people categorize it as a strenuous hike. The first two miles have little elevation gain, but soon the area becomes full of lowland bogs accompanied by wooden plank walkways for your convenience. Following the first two miles, Eagle Mountain Trail passes along the southern and western shore of Whale Lake, making for a perfect rest stop.


At the top of the 2,300-foot climb you will be greeted by a large commemorative plaque placed on a rock that geologists presume to be over one billion years old. Bust out that lunch you packed and enjoy, as you just made a 3.5-mile hike seem easy. Stop and take a look around. You will be witnessing one of the greatest views in Minnesota.

 

 


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 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized |


Top 10 Things to do on the North Shore

The North Shore is an incredible place with many exciting things to do and unique places to visit. The problem being there is never enough time to squeeze them all in during one visit. So, we tried narrowing down the list to the top 10 things we think all visitor should do when they visit the North Shore (and let us tell you – it was hard!). Nonetheless, here’s our top ten list:

Palisade Head: This 200+ foot cliff towers over Lake Superior and offers one of the most spectacular views of the North Shore. On clear days there are views of the Sawtooth Mountains, Split Rock Lighthouse, and all the way to Wisconsin. Learn more about Palisade Head here.

Artists Point: Unique and beautiful jagged rock formations make up what is known as Artists Point in Grand Marais. Its size might be small, but the impression it makes on your visit will be big! Walk the breakwall to the lighthouse to enjoy a sunset or climb the rock formations all afternoon.

Devil’s Kettle Falls: This waterfall located northeast of Grand Marais in Judge C.R. Magney State Park splits in two with one side heading downstream and the other into a deep mysterious hole (Devil’s Kettle). It is known to have no bottom and no one knows where the water in the hole disappears.

Susie Island Overlook: Stopping at the Susie Island Overlook south of Grand Portage is an incredible experience. With excellent views of the Susie Islands to the east, Josephine Mountain to the southwest, and majestic Lake Superior all around, your breath is sure to be taken away. Find out more about the Susie Islands here.

Oberg Loop Hike: This 2.3 mile loop trail is said to be many visitors favorite Minnesota hike, and we understand why. It offers hikers incredible views of Lake Superior, Oberg Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains and brings hikers through the beautiful maple forest that harbors a variety of plants uncommon to nearby forests. Learn more here.

Cascade River Falls: This string of waterfalls located near the mouth of the Cascade River have been given the name “The Cascades.” They are very well known to many for their unique beauty. A quick hike up a well-maintained trail, lined with birch, spruce and white cedar, brings hikers to many overlooks and bridges. Learn more about Cascade River State Park.

Temperance River Cauldron Trail: This trail in Temperance River State Park begins on Highway 61. Without hiking far, viewers can see a number of falls and the Temperance River which has worn hundreds of cauldrons in the bedrock of the river. Though high water levels in the spring make for the best, most powerful waterfalls, low water levels throughout the rest of the year reveal the most cauldrons.

Pigeon River High Falls: If you have time, you’ll definitely want to visit the High Falls, the highest waterfall in Minnesota, at Grand Portage State Park. The Pigeon River flows along the border between Canada and Minnesota and has carved out a beautiful canyon for visitors to view and explore. Learn more about Grand Portage State Park here.

Gooseberry Falls State Park: This state park is best know for it’s spectacular upper, middle and lower waterfalls. Also in the park is access to beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, hiking trails, a Civilian Conservation Corps building and fantastic picnic areas on an old lava flow. Learn more about Gooseberry Falls State Park activities here.

Split Rock Lighthouse Tour: The Split Rock Lighthouse was built in 1910 after a devastating storm in 1905. Today the iconic Minnesota lighthouse attracts visitors from all over the world. Though the light is no longer operating, visitors can tour the lighthouse, keeper’s house, oil house and the fog signal building. When you’re through we highly suggest exploring other areas of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park as well.

 


 

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 January 31st, 2017 in Uncategorized |