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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Hiking Trail Information

Eagle mountain from Whale Lake.

Photo courtesy of Roger Rowlett of America's Roof

Eagle Mountain Trail

Latitude 47 degrees 54 minutes N, Longitude 90 degrees, 34 minutes W

Most people think of the beautiful lakes when they think of the BWCA, but also within the BWCA is Minnesota's highest peak, Eagle Mountain (2,301 ft).   Some say that before the glaciers, Minnesota's Laurentian Mountain Range towered higher than the Rockies.Trail to Minnesota's Highest Point, Eagle Mountain, Photo by Lorraine Anderson

This lengthy hike (7 miles round-trip) and at times, steep hike is well worth it.  On a clear day you will enjoy views to the west of Shrike, Eagle, Crow, and Zoo Lakes, Lake Superior to the South, Misquah Hills to the North, and the Brule Lookout Tower on Brule Lake to the Northwest. 

Lookout from Minnesota's Highest Point, Eagle Mountain, Photo by Lorraine Anderson

Directions:  From Hwy 61, northeast of Cascade State Park or also northeast of Grand Marais, follow County Road 7 to County Road 48.  Take this North to Forest Road 158.  Drive west until it joins Forest Rd 153 taking you to the parking area.

BWCA Permits are required (Eagle Mountain Hiking Entry Point).

Eagle Mountain Wildflowers


Eagle Mountain Trail Maps

Eagle Mountain Map from Kekekabic Trail Club

Eagle Mountain Topographic Map (1:100,000)

Topographic Map (1:24,000)

Topographic Map (1:250,000)

Hiking Trails:

Arrowhead State Trail

Bear Head State Park

Border Route Trail

Cascade River State Park

Eagle Mountain

The Grand Portage

Kekekabic Trail

Kelso Mountain Trail

Pincushion Mountain

North Shore State Trail

Superior Hiking Trail

Superior National Trails

Taconite State Trail

Related Links:

Hiking Books

Area Wildlife

Snow shoeing

Area Wildflowers

Hiking Discussion