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A1t2o
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06/18/2018 01:35PM
Tomorrow I'm headed to Duluth to get ready for the Wednesday entry on Round Lake. On Sunday when we leave we will have more time when headed back and I've never been up the Gunflint before. What are good places to stop and see on the way back to Duluth?

I'm used to going to Brule and Sawbill, so I've been up to Tofte several times and have seen Gooseberry and Palisade head. Any breweries' that might be open in the middle of the day on Sunday? Waterfalls or scenic points? Probably won't get another chance too soon to get that far north so I want to experience something. Maybe eating in Grand Marais if there is a good suggestion.
 
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andym
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06/18/2018 01:56PM
Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore is an interesting stop. We've also stopped at some of the waterfalls but can't remember which ones right now.
TickMagnet
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06/18/2018 02:14PM
-Caribou Falls is fairly quick and easy hike from the parking area.
-Temperance river and it's series of pothole waterfalls is right next to 61.
-I like to hike up the Beaver river in Beaver Bay. There are a series of 3 or 4 waterfalls within a 3/4 mile or so hike up from the 61 bridge.
More touristy and not free, but less physical, which may or may not be more to your liking after a BWCA trip would be the Gondola to Moose Mountain at Lutsen for some nice views of the lake and a snack or beverage at the mountaintop chalet. Can also ride the alpine slide if that's to your liking.

Eating in Grand Marais has a few options, but if you've never been to Sven and Ole's for pizza, it's kind of a must do.

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06/18/2018 02:17PM
andym: "Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore is an interesting stop. We've also stopped at some of the waterfalls but can't remember which ones right now."

Make sure you hike the cart in campsite area because there are great views of the lighthouse and the lake.

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inspector13
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06/18/2018 03:29PM

If you don’t get that far northeast often, you’ve got to check out Devil’s Kettle in Judge Magney State Park. Great places to eat in Grand Marais include My Sister’s Place and Gunflint Tavern. Gunflint Tavern has a selection of good craft beers too. And yes, the Voyageur Brewing Company is open Sundays from 11:30 AM to 9 PM. Before leaving, go out to Artist Point. It’s the area beyond the Coast Guard Station. I think the double falls in Cascade State Park is one of the most photogenic in the state.

nofish
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06/18/2018 03:58PM
In Grand Marais Voyageur Brewing is a good option, check on hours though as I've been through there a few times before it opened.

I really like Angry Trout for lunch or dinner in GM.

If you're further up the trail hit up Trail Center for any meal of the day.

Also Worlds Best Dounts in GM is also a good place to stop.

After you've done all that find some place to go for a good long hike to burn off all the calories.
nofish
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06/18/2018 03:58PM
In Grand Marais Voyageur Brewing is a good option, check on hours though as I've been through there a few times before it opened.

I really like Angry Trout for lunch or dinner in GM.

If you're further up the trail hit up Trail Center for any meal of the day.

Also Worlds Best Dounts in GM is also a good place to stop.

After you've done all that find some place to go for a good long hike to burn off all the calories.
06/18/2018 04:08PM
Voyageur Brewing and do a flight up on the roof deck! They were brewing at Gunflint tavern too....not sure if they still are but it's a great place to go.
Park along the Highway and hike both sides of the road at the Temperance river. Short hikes, neat sights. Take the short, windy, one lane road up to the top of Palisade Head. Big time views of the Lake and the North Shore.
06/18/2018 07:48PM
If you have an opportunity while out the Gunflint, Chik-Wauk might be of interest.
06/18/2018 08:16PM
It's worth driving up to Grand Portage National Monument.
06/18/2018 09:16PM
awbrown: "It's worth driving up to Grand Portage National Monument."

I agree. I would also recommend hiking out to the falls from the State Park. That is High Falls on the Pigeon River. It is a half-mile paved hike from the park visitor center, and easy viewing, but the falls are really quite spectacular.



06/18/2018 09:59PM
Gooseberry Falls State Park, about halfway between Duluth and Grand Marais, is worth the 3 minute walk to the visitor center and waterfalls from the parking lot.

I've had a couple of good meals at the Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais.
Abbey
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06/18/2018 11:17PM
Agree with Grand Marais and state park suggestions. A few others closer to Duluth. Wolf Rock hike (different from Wolf Ridge ELC) - quick hike, big Superior coast view. Castle Danger with Do North Pizza has become our Gunflint/Sawbill entry tradition on the drive out.
murphylakejim
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06/19/2018 09:09AM
I would stop at gooseberry falls (as long as the line of cars isn't stretching out of the parking lot), palisade head, tettegouche river, temperance river, carlton peak, cascade river, and go past grand marais to the kadunce river or devils cascade on the brule river.
06/19/2018 11:50PM
Even if it's just a quick bite to eat you can't go wrong with whatever is fresh at the Angry Trout in GM.
Armored
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06/20/2018 01:13PM
The dockside fish market in GM. Best smoked fish on the planet
schweady
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06/22/2018 05:07PM
Armored: "The dockside fish market in GM. Best smoked fish on the planet "
I'll agree that one should head here for the fish and chips basket rather than paying more for it at Angry Trout (ask for what's being brought in today), but disappointed to learn that they no longer smoke their own fish since being purchased by Morey's. (The smoked lake trout I got was still pretty tasty, tho.)
 
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