O Kun De Kun Falls on Baltimore River

sudden plunge off of sandstone ledges

Different view of O Kun de Kun Falls
  • Downstream at the footbridge
  • A foamy main drop
  • Looking up at the falls from the bridge
  • Different view of O Kun de Kun Falls
  • Calm river between snowy banks
  • Side view of the suspension ridge
  • Muddy stacks of ice hiding the falls
  • Brown slush over the water
  • Helpful sign on the North County Trail

A tall curtain falling off from a remote sandstone ledge, O Kun de Kun Falls is one of the most impressive plunging waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. The North Country Trail runs along the Baltimore River here, with a small campsite below the falls and a long suspension footbridge spanning the river. The falls themselves have several streams flowing off the rocks, depending on the time of the year, and make a beautiful foreground to the lush green woods around them.

Baltimore River descends quickly here before meeting up with the Middle Branch Ontonagon River to the east. There are several smaller drops along the river, including the upper Peanut Butter Falls and some unnamed steps below O Kun de Kun. This spot is easy to visit and worth exploring a bit, with the campground, deep woods, and smaller drops nearby side attractions around the main waterfall.

Directions

There is a trailhead and parking area on the east side of US-45, 7.8 miles north of Bruce Crossing (or just past Burma Road). Some brown signs for the North Country Trail are on either side of the trailhead. Park here and head east on the gated forest road. For a more scenic route keep an eye on the right side of the grassy forest road; the North Country Trail branches off and follows the river downstream to O Kun de Kun Falls, going past the upper drops. Otherwise, the easier way is to just stick to the forest road which leads straight to the campsite and main falls.

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  • Billy Tuggle Aug 20, '16 A very nice waterfall well worth the hike.Add to this discussion
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  • Diana Sullivan Mar 5, '17 This is a pleasant hike with a little up and down toward the end. We hike this every winter since we discovered it a couple seasons ago. We take a pick nick lunch. There is a table at the lower falls overlooking the footbridge. Make sure you go beyond the upper (first) waterfalls you come to. The steeper drop is just a little farther and I think some people miss it by thinking that the first one is it.At any rate, this is a delightful experience. Snowshoes are usually necessary in winter. When the falls are breaking up(March)quite exciting. Accessible and do able about 3 mile round trip. ps...we are 68+ years old and fairly active. We have met others (older,younger) on this trail. It's a treasure.See you there! EnjoyAdd to this discussion
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  • Mrs Kath Oct 1, '17 Trails are a complete mud pit and are quite unsafe! There was too much rain up here. They need to put down some gravel or close until safe. So disappointed!
    • Jacob P Emerick Oct 4, '17 Oof, that's sad to hear. This is a great area to check out, but yeah, can imagine it getting pretty slimy with that clay soil.
    • jlo theartist Oct 10, '17 I was just up there sunday oct 8 and it was REALLY muddy,,,very hard to navigate and many times we had to side journey into the woods as it was impassable! I saw mounds of gravel several times along the trail and wondered WHHHHHY isnt this being laid down? The falls were filled with mud and the water was very unclear,,,but still kinda cool, we took the atv trail on the way back avoiding most of the treacherous muddy trail.
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