by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The trail was a little overgrown in spots and at times, hard to follow. The beauty of the area more than made up for that. We made our trip a week or two early to hit the peak of the fall colors but, it was well worth the time and effort. The trail does have a couple of difficult spots where the trail is steep. There is an option early in the trail to go either right or left around the lake. I reccomend going left at that point. The most difficult part of the trail is that way and I feel it is better to tackle that part early than late. Also, it is easier to go up that section and to go down it. There are a couple of other trails off of the main trail. We went to 5.25 mile trail around Bass Lake. Next time I go, I will take the 3 mile Dry Lake Trail. This is a very beautiful part of Northern Minnesota and I reccomend the Bass Lake Trail. Again, it is a little overgorwn in spots and does have a couple of difficult steep areas.
Easy trail at the start, then begins gradual climb to the top of a ridge which opens up to a high view of the lake.
After moving through the forest you begin to move down to the area where the gravel dam failed in 1925. This is a wide flat sand area. Good place to sit and ponder.
Moving around to the North side of the lake you again start up into the woods where much of the trail is over rock outcroppings. Many good high views of the lake.
The trail meanders in an out of the woods along the lake and eventually comes down through a gulley which has a little water fall into the lake. This little falls is visible from the heights on the other side of the lake.
After going through some rough areas the trail levels out and follows the contours back to the trail head.
Most notable thing about this area is the history of the 1925 natural dam break. This information is detailed at the trail head.
I was carrying a 25# ruck and was able to do this trail in about three hours. I didn't spend much time sitting around.
I met or passed six other souls on the trail. The leaves were just starting to turn, but there was plenty of color.
I saw no wildlife other than a few Turkey Buzzards flying around.
Nice trek..I would recommend it.
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