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High Falls and Two Step Falls

Intermediate

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3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -528' -161 m
High: 934' 285 m
Low: 674' 205 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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Run from the Visitor Center to the prized waterfalls of Tettegouche State Park: High Falls and Two Step Falls.

Caleb Joyce

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

Do not miss this well-maintained trail that serves two waterfalls and a swing bridge all within 3.5 miles. You have the option to see Two Step Falls on your way to High Falls or on your way back. To build on the excitement, Two Falls should be seen first since it is the lesser of the two falls. You might be tempted to call it quits at High Falls but keep meandering down the trail to the heavily photographed swing bridge.

Also, check out Shovel Point Trail when you are done with the falls.

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Parking at the Visitor Center is free of charge.

Description

From the Visitor Center, head southwest down the road to the second, lesser-known parking lot. Before you hit the bridge, you'll see the trail entrance against the treeline. Meander down the heavily wooded trail, stopping at various benches and overlooks to get a glimpse of the Baptism River.

About 1 mile in, take a left at the Two Falls Connector. This intersection includes wayfinding signage. This short detour will dip you down some steps to the river bed. From here, you'll be able to get a great view upriver at the Two Step Falls. When your time at the first falls is done, backtrack up to the High Falls Trail. Continue left toward High Falls.

Once at High Falls, feel free to scramble around the falls, but be careful since the rocks are slick and a fall could be treacherous. Make sure to continue up the trail a bit more to explore the swing bridge. If you wish, you can cross the river and get a view from High Falls on the other side of the river. When you are all waterfalled out, head back to the Visitor Center via the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Pine and birch forest

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Sep 23, 2019
Charly Jackson

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The top of High Falls - be careful!!
Aug 22, 2017 near Silver Bay, MN
Old bridge crossing
Oct 16, 2017 near Silver Bay, MN
Water cascades over Two Step Falls on the Baptism River.
Mar 16, 2017 near Silver Bay, MN
High falls Baptism River
May 27, 2015 near Silver Bay, MN
High Falls is HIIIIIGH!!!
Aug 22, 2017 near Silver Bay, MN
The Swing Bridge is a must to see and cross
Aug 22, 2017 near Silver Bay, MN

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