The George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park trail map reads, “Park trails are rugged, and will test your hiking abilities.”
Rugged they were. Test they did.
And we loved it.
We hiked the 2.8-mile Humpback Trail loop. As it’s name implies, it brought us up and down several rocky knobs that look like the backs of whales. We even had to cross a section of boulders.
It was a challenging hike for Finley with her 4-year-old legs, but she did it (with a few breaks on her dad’s shoulders).
And it was worth the effort when we descended into the gorge of the Manitou River and saw the tumbling cascades.
Park Highlights as Reported by Finley (4 years old)
1. Eating lunch in the woods
3. Going to Betty’s Pies on the way home for afternoon snack
Park Highlights as Reported by Daley (8 years old)
1. Having lunch in the bushes
2. Seeing the trees in color
3. Watching a grouse on the trail
4. Meeting Oliver the wiener dog on the trail (and his legs were even shorter than Finley’s!)
The park is off the beaten path outside of Finland, MN — about an hour and a half from Duluth. A sign at the trailhead reads, “If you like remote backcountry hiking and camping, this is the place for you.”
Find out more at the park’s website.
You may also be interested in reading about the MN State Parks Passport Club in which the kids are participating.
Have you visited George H. Crosby-Manitou State Park? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!