A BWCAW Permit is required!
Eagle Mountain is the highest point in Minnesota at 2301 feet. Made of granite, it is part of a large rock formation called the "Duluth Complex", which formed as magma colled slowly, miles under the earth's surface. This slow cooling allowed the rock to form hard crystals, making it resistant to erosion by glaciers.
During the first 2 1/2-3 miles the trail gradually gains elevation. In the last 1/2 mile the trail becomes rocky and steep. Along the flat ridge-top are several exellent vistas of the Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The highest point is marked by brass survey disk toward the west side of the ridge.
As you walk, look for changes underfoot. You will find shallow organic soils with leaves and evergreen needles, areas of gravel and glacial till, and toward the top, bedrock. Please protect fragile soils and plant life by staying on the mai trail.
Directions: From Hwy 61, head 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.
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Superior National Forest, Minnesota
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