This is a continuation of a travel series to Wisconsin and Minnesota's North Shore. To start at the beginning, go HERE. The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE, HERE, and HERE.
On our last day of exploring Minnesota's North Shore on Scenic Highway 61 we went to Tettegouche State Park. This is a beautiful park filled with lots of fun trails where you can get amazing views of Lake Superior and lots of waterfalls!
We had actually visited this park before, around thirty years ago, so this was our second time back. Because we had been here before, we decided to hit some trails we missed on our first visit. The first place we went to was Palisade Head to see the sun rise. Now, this can either be a hike where you park in a small parking lot right off of Highway 61 and hike a half mile up, OR, you can drive up the road, park in the lot at the top and enjoy the gorgeous view. We chose the latter. Why walk when you can drive? However, I have heard during super busy times you may not have a choice and will have to walk up. The road is super narrow, and I can't even imagine having to share it with other vehicles or hikers. When we were there, we never saw a single soul: we had the whole place to ourselves! So I suggest, get there early and watch the beautiful sun rise like we did!
Palisade Head is a large rock formation that is nearly 350 tall. On a good day, you can see everything from the Sawtooth Mountains in the Northeast, Split Rock Lighthouse to the Southwest, and even the Apostle Islands over 30 miles away.
Here's an interesting fact about its name: A "palisade" is an English word for a defensive wall. A "head" in geology describes deposits of minerals often resulting in flat hilltops. I think knowing this information, the rock formation is aptly named.
Shovel Point Trail
After soaking up the views at Palisade Head it was back in the car to the entrance of Tettegouche State Park. The first trail we took was on a whim. I just saw a beautiful scenic photo on a display wall at the Visitor's Center and said "I want to go there!" so off we went!
This is a 1.2 mile out-and-back trail considered easy, but I was surprised at the number of people who couldn't complete the whole trail while I was there, and turned around at some point. It was such a shame, because the view at the very end of the trail, was worth every step.
Almost all of the trail is a series of steps and boardwalks, and I think it's all the steps that turn a few people off. But there are always plenty of spots just to stop and rest and soak in all the views!
See that point at back right center in the photo below? That is Shovel Point and where we are headed on our hike.
The trail through the forest is absolutely beautiful. The boardwalk not only keeps the forest floor safe from erosion but it's easy on the feet and limbs too.
Yes, there's a lot of stairs, but they do their best to make the incline as gentle as possible. I do recommend walking sticks, because they work well as a "handrail" when coming down a steep stair case like this one.
I read that there is a total of 300 stairs on the trail.
Did I mention the incredible view of this trail? The cliff way in the back center of the photo below is Palisade Head, where we stood on top of just that morning to watch the sun rise. And a little closer, you can see some sea caves.
But it is at the very end of the travel, when you are standing on the very edge of Shovel Point that you can see this! Wow! What an experience! Hubby and I kept saying it reminded us of an upper east coast line. So gorgeous!
Shovel Point is 656 feet tall, so you are way up there once you reach the top.
The park made a nice, safe staircase leading down to the very point so you can look out at both the water and back at the coast line.
We hiked three trails in the park on this day, but this one was our absolute favorite. It's not a long hike at all, they say you can complete it in thirty minutes, but we found that laughable. The joy in hiking is to soak everything in: the views, the forests, the sounds, the animals, the wildflowers...it takes a lot longer than thirty minutes to do all that.
Finally, here is a short video of me standing out on Shovel Point expressing all the "feels" I had at the moment. Unfortunately, it's hard to hear what I'm saying because of the wind, and especially when hubby pans the camera away from me. I almost didn't post it for that reason, but I felt it still gives a great representation of what the view is like that a photograph could never do.
Next week, I will share two more hikes we did in this park.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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This place is gorgeous, Amy. And that sunset! Well captured.ReplyDelete
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Thanks for sharing these beautiful parts of the country I haven't visited. That coast... no words, it is just beautiful!ReplyDelete
You're welcome! Thanks so much!Delete
I've never been to the upper east coast but I too feel like it would look similar. Absolutely incredible views! And what an amazing sunrise! And I so agree with you about finishing a hike in 30 minutes!!?? Maybe possible if doing it for exercise but I personally usually hike for enjoyment of nature and always take my time.ReplyDelete
I know, right? I read that when I was writing the post and I thought "30 minutes? are you kidding? yeah, if you RAN!" :) I think we were on that trail all morning exploring every nook and corner and enjoying the views.Delete
Amazing place! I love your photos! Beautiful views! :)ReplyDelete
It sure is! Thank you!Delete
What beautiful views!ReplyDelete
Yes, they sure are!Delete
Gorgeous place. The trail through the forest is certainly beautiful. I really love the gentle light of the sunrise you captured in your photos. Beautiful.ReplyDelete
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That sunrise looks lovely! I really enjoy hikes that have boardwalk type flooring as I am much less likely to stumble on roots and things. Those end views are incredible.ReplyDelete
It was, thank you. I agree on the boardwalks.Delete
oh the sunshine, the water, the vibrant trees, the rustic path. what a journey, friend. may your weekend be golden!ReplyDelete
It certainly was! Thanks so much.Delete
Enjoyed seeing your pics! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 89. Shared.ReplyDelete
Glad to hear! You're welcome, and thanks for sharing.Delete
This vacation looks like it's taken you outdoors a lot, which is awesome! If you're ever in the Seattle area, Alki and Lincoln Park are must sees! There are upper and lower trails at Lincoln Park, the lower being along the water and the view is amazing. Especially on these clear fall days.ReplyDelete
Yes, we love the outdoors and every vacation we take involves nature. I'd love to go to Seattle, I hear it's beautiful up there.Delete
Wow, such a beautiful and lovely place. So very nice. Everything there is so nice.ReplyDelete
It sure is! Thanks for stopping by.Delete
We are planning a trip to Minnesota next year, and a couple of other states that we have never been to. We weren't sure where we would go in Minnesota but after seeing your post, I think I know where we will end up going!ReplyDelete
Oh, that's awesome to hear! It's a beautiful area, and so peaceful.Delete
CONGRATS Amy! Your post is FEATURED at the Unlimited Link Party 90!ReplyDelete
That's great news Dee! Thanks so much!Delete
Amy, thank you for this wonderful tour of your trip. Wow, those views are stunningReplyDelete
Thank you bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month my friend.
Awww, you're welcome Paula. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
Wow! That is such beautiful scenery! Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 42.ReplyDelete