Eagle Mountain

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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See the great expanse of Minnesota wilderness from this, the state’s highest point. Eagle Mountain rises more than 500 feet from the surrounding landscape to present spectacular views of the marshy headwaters of the Cascade River and the surrounding wilderness. The solid granite that makes up Eagle Mountain is part of a large volcanic formation called the Duluth Complex, formed 1.1 billion years ago. The landscape is rocky, steep, root covered, and often wet. If you haven’t had enough solitude when you return to the base of the mountain, head 6 miles north on the Brule Lake Trail, or camp at one of two secluded sites near Whale Lake. Here, you’re likely to hear the loon’s distinctive cry. Remember, permits are necessary. The trail begins in the Superior National Forest at an elevation of 1,800 feet and climbs 500 feet over 3.5 miles to the top of Eagle Mountain.
Hiking Minnesota

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Hiking Minnesota

by Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher (Falcon Guides)

See the great expanse of Minnesota wilderness from this, the state’s highest point. Eagle Mountain rises more than 500 feet from the surrounding landscape to present spectacular views of the marshy headwaters of the Cascade River and the surrounding wilderness. The solid granite that makes up Eagle Mountain is part of a large volcanic formation called the Duluth Complex, formed 1.1 billion years ago.

The landscape is rocky, steep, root covered, and often wet. If you haven’t had enough solitude when you return to the base of the mountain, head 6 miles north on the Brule Lake Trail, or camp at one of two secluded sites near Whale Lake. Here, you’re likely to hear the loon’s distinctive cry. Remember, permits are necessary. The trail begins in the Superior National Forest at an elevation of 1,800 feet and climbs 500 feet over 3.5 miles to the top of Eagle Mountain.

© 2009 Mary Jo Mosher & Kristine Mosher/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grand Marais
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,300 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Superior National Forest; Gunflint District Ranger
Local Maps: USGS Eagle Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Mountain

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