Friday, June 12, 2015

Photo Album of Cascade Falls Trail

Day hikers can take a short walk to a 20-foot waterfall near the St. Croix River.

The Cascade Falls Trail runs about a quarter-mile round trip, with most of it going up and down a steep set of stairs. To see the waterfalls, take Wis. Hwy. 35 into downtown Osceola, Wis. Park along the main street.

The trailhead is near the statue of Indian Chief Osceola (below) – the town’s namesake – just north of the Wis. Hwy. 243 intersection with Hwy. 35.

From there, the trail heads down the staircase, offering glimpses of the waterfalls through the tree breaks (below).

At the stairs’ bottom, the waterfalls – Osceola Creek tumbling over a vertical wall – comes into full view (below).

The gorge at the base of the stairs is known as Wilkie Glen (below).

From the waterfall, Osceola Creek races toward the St. Croix River (below).

Here's a full description of the trail.

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.