Angleworm Lake Trail

Loop • 13 mi • 200 ft

Hiking on high ridges that border a long narrow lake, featuring scenic overlooks on high bedrock ridges and big red and white pine old-growth forests. The loop around Angleworm Lake has everything you would expect a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trail to have: a beautiful lake, a forest full of big, old trees, and a rugged path with many wildlife viewing opportunities. Angleworm Lake is shaped more like a river than a lake, with the water filling up a narrow gorge between two high ridges, where in the middle it is quite literally just a stone’s throw across to the other side. The trail runs along both sides of the lake, passes by beaver dams, and through large stands of old-growth forests. This hike could be managed as a day hike, though it is a better bet to take some time and enjoy it fully by camping at any of the sites along the rocky shore.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ely
Length: 13 total miles
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to difficult on a rugged rolling trail.
Local Contacts: Kawashiwi Ranger District, Superior National Forest, 218-720-5324
Local Maps: USGS quads: Angleworm and Fourtown topos; Fischer: F-9.
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i love this trail. but don't come here, there are huge swarms of flies, mosquitos at night, and wolves that will give your dog the spooks. not to mention the continous elevation changes, and the inevitable wet stream crossings. it's the most beautiful place in minnesota but it really is a challenging trail, stay at home unless you really know how to do this right.


I hiked and camped on the west side of this trail during the fall. It has a number of nice scenic overlooks that give great views of Angleworm Lake, Home Lake and a valley to the west with splendid fall colors. We stayed at a nice campsite on the northwest side of Angleworm lake (caught one pike for dinner). The trail was in good condition (west side at least) and easy to follow. It was a good 3 day backpacking trip with two young 1st time backpackers. It was recommended by the Forest Service over Snowbank/Big Pines trail due to the fact it was better condition.

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