Vermilion Gorge Trail

Crane Lake, Minnesota 55725

Vermilion Gorge Trail

Vermilion Gorge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A hike paralleling the Vermilion river gorge as it makes it's way into Crane Lake, featuring overlooks of the gorge and interpretive signs. Voyageurs used the Vermilion River as a trade route, to connect Lake Superior, by way of the Saint Louis River, with the far north.

Today, the Vermilion River is still one of the state’s outstanding canoeing rivers, with a mix of slow and fast moving sections that pass through wild rice beds, fast rapids, waterfalls, and the Vermilion gorge. The gorge is 1 mile from the mouth of the Vermilion River, which drains a sizeable watershed of more than 1,000 square miles out of the surrounding landscape. Carved out of granite along the Canadian Shield’s western edge, the gorge is surrounded by 60-foot sheer cliffs."

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Trail Information

Crane Lake
Nearby City
60 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
LaCroix Ranger District, Superior National Forest, 218-720-5324
Local Contacts
Superior National Forest Trail map; USGS quads: Crane Lake and Johnson Lake.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018