This route goes from the lowest point in Minnesota (Lake Superior, 600’) to the highest point in Minnesota (Eagle Mountain, 2301’). While Minnesota is not known for its elevation change, Eagle Mountain is the sixth-most isolated peak in the contiguous United States, being over 400 miles from any higher point. Lake Superior is generally considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.
There are at least 10 or 15 different routes you could take, from paved roads and good gravel roads, to beautiful riverside trails and remote logging roads. This route can be anywhere from 18 to 23 miles. Some shorter options will have more snow cover in winter. There are also a limited number of locations where one can access Lake Superior. Start at the water's edge and take whatever route you think is best - our GPX track shows just 1 possibility.
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.