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Temperance River State Park is home to what was once Minnesota’s widest waterfall. Now, the area provides great hiking to campers, bikers and those traveling the North Shore Scenic Drive. Temperance River Hiking continues to be a favorite for North Shore travelers.
Where is it?
Hiking here is part of the state park located about 80 miles (128km) northeast of Duluth,
Hiking Temperance River
The park itself offers two major hiking attractions although there is more than 20 miles of trails park-wide.A hike to Carlton Peak and a quick hike to Cauldron or Hidden Falls are the two primary attractions.
Carlton Peak offers a longer 6 mile roundtrip hike and 924 foot elevation gain.
Hidden Falls allows those stopping off along Highway 61 a chance to take in some stunning scenery without too much fuss.
The falls to the west of 61 and Lake Superior to the east, both are about a 1/10 of a mile off the parking spot located right on highway 61.
No state park permit required when parking off highway 61.
Hidden Falls was once the widest falls in Minnesota at 300 feet wide. Now, it’s cut its way into the bedrock and is tucked back in, a fraction of its former self. Hikers now can climb up to the falls on top of the former falls, river bed.
You should know
Parking is right on highway 61 so use caution getting into and out of the parking lot. If you plan to hike other trails, the park entrance is further northeast (if traveling northeast from Duluth) than the stop off for Hidden Falls.