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View from top of
Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain
From Hwy 61 past Cascade State Park, go northeast on Co. Rd. 7 to Co. Rd. 48, go north on Co. Rd. 48 to Forest Rd. 158, drive west on 158 until it intersects with Forest Rd. 153 to parking
Or from Hwy 61 in Lutsen, go north on the Caribou Trail (co. Rd. 4) 15 miles, then east on Forest Rd. 153 for 4 miles to the parking area

at the northeast end of the parking lot

day-use: self-issuing permits are available (and required) in the parking lot
overnight: requires a permit - available at a Forest Service ranger station

7 miles round-trip

more difficult (length, rocky portions and steep grades)

Minnesota's highest point (2301 feet)!!
birch forests, spruce bogs, Whale Lake, bluffs and, from the peak, vistas of Crow, Eagle, Shrike and Zoo Lakes to the west, the Misquah Hills to the north, the Brule Lookout Tower to the northwest, and on a clear day, Lake Superior to the south


from the US Forest Service - ranger stations in Tofte and Grand Marais
general map of Eagle Mountain

Sharing the trail with the locals
Border Route Trail
The 80-mile Border Route Trail spans border lake country; 40 miles of the trail lies within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), which requires a permit. On the western edge, access can be gained at Gunflint Lake and several other points. The route dips below Rose Lake, skirts the northern edge of Clearwater Lake and continues east between John and MacFarland Lakes, heads south to Otter Lake and finishes with an eastern leg to the intersection of Swamp River and the Otter Lake Forest Road (can be accessed rom the Arrowhead Trail, Co. Rd. 16, out of Hovland, which is 20 miles northeast of Grand Marais on Hwy 61). The trail crosses the Grand Portage Indian Reservation and connects to the Grand Portage for a final hike down to Lake Superior.

general map of the Border Route Trail

pick blueberries along the Kekekabic trail Kekekabic Trail
From 50 miles up the Gunflint Trail, the Kekekabic winds 40 miles through the BWCAW (permit required) to Ely, Minnesota. The Friends of the Kekekabic group attempts to clear the trail every few years; however, uncleared windfalls can make the trail impassable.

maps of the Kekekabic Trail
updated info on the Kekekabic Trail

Snacks along the way!

Click on a location below for Hiking Trails in that area
Two Harbors Schroeder/
Temperance Area
Gunflint Trail
Gooseberry Falls State Park Tofte Area Kadunce/Magney Area
Split Rock Lighthouse Area Lutsen/Cascade Area Grand Portage Area
Silver Bay/Tettegouche Area Grand Marais/
Pincushion Area
Lodge-to-Lodge Hiking
Manitou State Park Area Eagle Mountain/BWCA Superior Hiking Trail

north shore map Hiking Checklist
*Obtain a map & familiarize yourself with the trail
*Allow an hour for each two to three miles of trail
*Let someone know your route and expected return time
*Carry water, high-energy snacks, sunscreen, bug repellent,
a flashlight and rain gear
*Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots
*Always pack out what you bring in - dispose of trash responsibly
*Trails cross private, county, state and federal lands - please respect this
*Consider bringing binoculars and a camera
*Use common sense

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