I recently mentioned a waterfall that I couldn’t remember. In the case of Kadunce River Falls, I do remember the waterfall, but what I don’t remember is why I didn’t continue further along the trail. I know I visited the first significant drop along the river, but there are at least three other drops along the river, including a more impressive drop (shown here), which the authors of the book I used dubbed Heart of the Earth Falls.
It could be that the authors of “Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore”, the Wallingas, mentioned there were steep canyon walls? (It’s a question.) I don’t really remember, but I’m not a fan of big drops, so I might have turned around. I’ve done that before, though usually the drops are much larger in magnitude. Instead, it could be that I was just really tired by that point. I did take this photo later in the day, and had visited MANY waterfalls previous to this one. It may have also been that I had wandered further but hadn’t found what I expected to find. I’m guessing it was some combination of all three, though most likely the tired factor.
Just getting to the base of this waterfall required a lot of effort. I remember being worn out and sweaty after this one waterfall. It’s maybe 70′ to the base, and it’s rather steep, though more manageable than one might expect. There’s a cool and creepy cave right next to the falls. It was a lot of work to see a ~10′ waterfall, but I was determined to have a photo of something. This also gives me a reason to go back and check out more waterfalls along the North Shore. (I really want to go in the fall when the leaves are changing!)
1) From Grand Marais, continue just over 9 miles northeast along MN-61 to the Kadunce River State Wayside.
2) If headed northeast, the wayside will be on your right. You will then need to cross MN-61 to reach the trail.
3) The total trail length is about 1 mile one-way to see all of the falls, if I understand correctly. This first waterfall might be about 0.25 miles in…
Accessibility: 2/10 (to get to base, it’s very slippery, though possible…Be careful!)
Where in the World is Kadunce River Falls?: map