Monday, July 16, 2012

Ilgen Falls - Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota

Baptism River
Tettegouche State Park, MN

While not visited as often as the High Falls and Two Step Falls in the State Park, Ilgen Falls is not worth missing while you're in the area. From the parking area, a short trail leads through trees and past the Ilgen Falls cabin (available to rent) then back into woods before it pops out at a stunning vista of the Baptism River. The main falls drop 35 feet off a cliff, while at high water several smaller drops of 2-3 feet can be seen as well. Here's a look at some cool swirls in the side pools above the falls:

Use caution along the trail that stays cliffside as it is steep, narrow, and often wet. In our two trips (June 2011 and June 2012) the water flow has been quite impressive. I have included a short video from our 2012 trip below (and check out my youtube channel for many more waterfall videos!).

Getting there: From north Hwy 61: Head north on Hwy 1 for a mile and a half and look for the parking area on the left.

Overall: Great
Hike: Easy

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