North Shore hikes are truly one of a kind, and when you pair it with a spectacular 35-foot waterfall you will be sure to remember it for years to come. Travel 60 miles north of Duluth on Highway 61 and the hike begins at the Caribou Falls State Wayside rest stop, just north of Little Marais (or eight miles south of Schroeder). As of fall 2017, the wayside has been redone and features a newly paved parking lot, bathrooms, and new section of trail.
The trailhead is marked with a Superior Hiking Trail sign, and it will take you about a half-mile into the woods where the Caribou River and gorge will appear. The hiking trail gains some elevation but can be made by hikers of most skill levels. Not much traffic comes through the park, so it can be a very peaceful hike if you go on the right day.
Along the trail is a set of stairs on the left side that leads down to the bottom of the falls, thus giving visitors an unreal vantage point. If the water is low you will be able to explore a larger area at the base of the falls. After witnessing the waterfall, you can continue on the Superior Hiking Trail and see Crystal Creek or you can turn around and head back to the wayside.
If you’re a fisher(wo)man, you may also want to bring your fishing pole. The Caribou River is a designated trout stream and it is home to many species of trout. The best time to catch these trout is in the fall.
How to get there
Highway 61 between Little Marais and Schroeder, MN
This stop is easy to miss! Access the falls via the Superior Hiking Trail from the Caribou River rest stop on Highway 61 (near mile marker 70).