Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail

Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain1,030ft
Trailhead Elevation1,744ft
Top2,295ft
Elevation Min/Max1744/2295ft
Elevation Start/End1744/1744ft

Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail

Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 1,744 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,030 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near Eagle Mountain (elevation 2,300 feet).

Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"In the Superior National Forest northwest of Grand Marais. The highest point in Minnesota. This rugged trail passes a scenic lake and climbs to a summit where panoramic views take in the surrounding wilderness. Special attractions: Spectacular views of surrounding lakes and forest."

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8/1/2009
Only do this hike if you are looking to say that you have been to the highest point in Minnesota. There are much more scenic and enjoyable hikes along the North Shore. The trail itself is very wet and every step ends on a rock, a root or a puddle. The views are non-existent for the first 2 ½ miles and then not that great from the top of the mountain. The peak itself has no view and only an old worn out plague indicating that you have reached the top of Minnesota.
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Trail Information

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Nearby City
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Gunflint Ranger District, Superior National Forest, 218-720-5324
Local Contacts
USGS topographic maps: 1:24,000 Eagle Mountain and Mark Lake and 1:100.000 Grand Marais for a overview; also Fischer Map number F-6.
Local Maps

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Nov 2018