autmn fall colors at wolf rock trail near gooseberry falls state park

Short steep and so worth it! Trail departs from north end of parking lot [note – there are bike and cross-country ski trails leaving from this lot, too]. After a series of switchbacks, the trail parallels the ridge and rewards you with a Lake Superior view. Continue on to Wolf Rock for amazing wide-open vistas of the lake. The trail continues along the highlands over the Crow Creek Valley including an overlook and spur trail to the river. This trail is part of the Superior Hiking Trail, so you can continue on to Gooseberry Falls State Park, or return on the same trail.

Option: Hike in to Crow Creek and back; about 2-1/2 miles. Or leave one car at Gooseberry Falls, then do the stunning Castle Danger to Gooseberry Falls State Park hike. Highlights include overlooks at Wolf Rock, Crow Creek Valley and Mike’s Rock. The upper reach area of the Gooseberry River is particularly gorgeous.

From Hwy 61, drive west on West Castle Danger Road for 2.3 miles; trailhead is on east side of parking lot

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