Caribou Rock Trail Border Route Trail

Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604

Caribou Rock Trail Border Route Trail

Caribou Rock Trail (Border Route Trail) Professional Review and Guide

"A scenic and strenuous day hike going to the overlook of Rose Lake or a short trip to the first overlook at Bearskin Lake 0.25 mile up the trail. Many overlooks, including an amazing view of the cliffs on the Canadian side of Rose Lake, the waterfall at Stairway Portage, and chances to see wildlife.

The Caribou Rock Trail is one of those hikes where every time you look up from the trail you are greeted with another amazing panoramic view. The rugged Caribou Rock Trail alternates between running along the bluff above the three lakes that lead up to Rose Lake and dipping down into a number of steep creek valleys. This trail could very well be an overnight trail, but from this starting point it is designated as a day hike only."

Caribou Rock Trail (Border Route Trail) Reviews

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When we went on our hike of the Caribou we knew right away that it would be a rough hike. The first leg of the journey was a 2 mile hike straight up, but once we were up on the plateau it was great. We found a camping site fairly easily and pitched tent 15 yards from a stream. It was the best water I have ever tasted. We spent the rest of the afternoon hiking inland about 5 miles and found an old mine shaft and some old wells amongst trees and valleys. The night was so peaceful sleeping next to the stream. The next day we hiked to another ridge and had a great view of Lake Superior, it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, especially with all of the fall colors that you had to overlook just to see the lake. There are also waterfalls in the area that you can hike to. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone who wants to get out into nature and experience a great hike.
Last summer I made the venture up to the Boundary waters. I landed a job at a canoe outfitter located right off of the GunFlint trail. Every week we were given some time off to go and explore the land around us. This particular week some friends and I decided to hike the Caribou Rock trail located right outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota. The first night that we went out we were faced with many obstacles such as, rocks, fallen trees, darkness, and of course, rain. The trail became very steep in some areas, and believe me I sure could feel it the next day. One night we camped out right next to Lake Johanas, and the next morning we were greeted with a beautiful sun rise over a misted lake. One of the things that stick out most in my mind about this trip was that someone had placed a journal in a wooden case along the trail for others to read and to share their experiences, and beauties that they saw. For the most part, I think that the Karibou trail would be an adventure for almost anyone, just make sure you stretch out your legs. :-)

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Trail Information

Grand Marais
Nearby City
480 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1,680 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,890 feet
Top Elevation
Gunflint Ranger District, Superior National Forest, 218-720-5324
Local Contacts
Superior National Forest map; USGS quads: Hungry Jack Lake, Border Route Trail map, and both Fischer and McKenzie maps.
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Jul 2018