North Country Trail

Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota

Elevation Gain6,349ft
Trailhead Elevation1,416ft
Elevation Min/Max1299/1484ft
Elevation Start/End1416/1416ft

North Country Trail

North Country Trail is a hiking trail in Cass County, Minnesota. It is within Chippewa National Forest. It is 26.2 miles long and begins at 1,416 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 52.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,349 feet. Along the trail there are wetlands, a parking, restrooms, and a shelter.

North Country Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A rolling trail that passes by (though not always alongside) many secluded lakes in the Chippewa National Forest. Of the nation’s planned long-distance interstate trails, the North Country National Trail (NCT) will be the longest. The route will eventually reach across the country, connecting New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

Much of the trail is still in the planning stages, but when completed, the final distance will cover about 3,200 miles. Here, within the Chippewa National Forest, the route runs for 68 miles, and of that, this hike covers only a short scenic portion. Special attractions: Wildlife and fishing on out-of-the-way lakes."

North Country Trail Reviews

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The trail is beautiful, especially in the fall. I encourage any and all to pack it whenever they get the chance. The trailhead is wonderfully remote meaning only people who do their homework will really pass you as you hike. The map provided in the download is not great. The scale is off, some points of the map a mile actually was closer to 3 miles! Other places a mile was only 1/2 mile. A better bet is to follow the topo map or the USGS quads. Stop by the ranger station in Walker (they are very friendly) or order free materials form the Chippewa National Forest website.

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Trail Information

Chippewa National Forest
Nearby City
Chippewa National Forest
Walker Ranger District, Chippewa National Forest
Local Contacts
North Country Trail Map. USGS quads: Jack Lake, Webb Lake, and Hackensack (The topo maps show the trail and are more detailed than the handout map).
Local Maps

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Sep 2018