Route: Eagle Mountain (MN)

Submitted by Matthew Matta on Tue, 06/28/2022 - 02:58pm
Minnesota, US
3.4 mi
Vertical Gain
650 ft

Minnesota isn’t known for its mountains but Eagle Mountain is unique. Besides being the state highpoint it is also the sixth-most isolated peak in the lower 48 states (after Whitney, Mitchell, Washington, Rainier and Elbert), being over 400 miles from the next highest point.

There are two different trails that summit Eagle Mountain. The standard Eagle Mountain Trail begins at the trailhead on Forest Road 153, north of Grand Marais. It’s 3.4 miles long with 650’ of gain and is fairly technical. The ascent has its own Strava segment. The more adventurous route uses the Brule Lake Trail. It’s 7.2 miles with around 1200’ of gain. It is seldom hiked in its entirety, being mostly used for various canoe portages. It can be vary overgrown and has one river crossing. The trailhead is on Forest Road 326, about ¼ mile south of a large parking area.

Eagle Mountain is located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A free, self-issue permit is required year round for day trips in the Boundary Waters. While there is no view from the summit of Eagle Mountain, there is a beautiful lookout a hundred yards short. This area is spectacular when the leaves change color in September and early October.

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