Cascade River Falls State Park is home to Lookout Mountain, one of Minnesota’s many unique features. Located between Lutsen and Grand Marais, the park is usually just a pit stop where hikers stretch their legs and visit the cascades that are an easy stroll from the parking lot. But, if you’re one of the few hikers who continue, you will be amazed at what you find. The trail to Lookout Mountain winds around the mountain giving you a birds eye view of the Sawtooth Mountains.
The hike begins out of the parking lot along Highway 61. If your back is to Lake Superior, the trail to take is on the left, or west, side of the Cascade River. Follow the trail upstream, away from Lake Superior. Continue past the cascades, staying on the same side of the river. Follow the trail for another half mile before breaking off the main trail and heading up the mountain (look for signs to Lookout Mountain).
The hike is moderate in difficulty and you’ll end up seeing incredible vistas. Be sure to stop, breathe in the fresh boreal air and enjoy the view when you make it to the top of Lookout Mountain.
The roadside parking lot in Cascade River State Park (where the hike begins) is approximately 10.3 miles northeast of Lutsen and 9.5 miles southwest of Grand Marais on MN-61.