Mount Josephine

Hovland, Minnesota

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A steep, strenuous hike up the mountain, which is at the base of Hat point, leading to a panorama of lake Superior and the islands off Pigeon Point. This rugged, somewhat obscure climb up Mount Josephine, lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. Perhaps, it’s overshadowed by either the nearby national monument or the notoriety of the Witch Tree (which is now closed to visitors). Nevertheless, Mount Josephine offers vistas like nowhere else along the North Shore, with the view down the narrow peninsula of Hat Point and the chain of islands lying off Pigeon Point. Mount Josephine is named after Josephine Godfrey, who climbed the peak in the summer of 1853 in what must have been at that time a true expedition to the remote outreaches of Minnesota. Special attractions: Big view of Lake Superior and islands off the coast.

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"A steep, strenuous hike up the mountain, which is at the base of Hat point, leading to a panorama of lake Superior and the islands off Pigeon Point. This rugged, somewhat obscure climb up Mount Josephine, lies within the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. Perhaps, it’s overshadowed by either the nearby national monument or the notoriety of the Witch Tree (which is now closed to visitors).

Nevertheless, Mount Josephine offers vistas like nowhere else along the North Shore, with the view down the narrow peninsula of Hat Point and the chain of islands lying off Pigeon Point. Mount Josephine is named after Josephine Godfrey, who climbed the peak in the summer of 1853 in what must have been at that time a true expedition to the remote outreaches of Minnesota. Special attractions: Big view of Lake Superior and islands off the coast."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hovland
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Local Contacts: Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, 800-543-1384
Local Maps: USGS quad: Grand Portage

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7/31/2009
The parking lot is not very big and is actually on the left side of the road not the right as indicated in the guide. There is a steep rise in elevation but the hike itself is short and the views from the top are outstanding with a nice overlook of the turquoise shoreline, outlying islands and the valley below. We enjoyed a nice picnic lunch from the top as a bald eagle soared several hundred feet below us. I would highly recommend this hike.
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