A good pair of hiking boots, some water, a camera, hiking skill, and a spirit for adventure is all you need to reach the Eagle Mountains summit. This 3 1/2 mile hike is a considerable climb through the Superior National Forest into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. You can follow this narrow and sometimes overgrown wilderness trail to Whale Lake and then onto the peak. When you reach the top you will find a historical marker and breathtaking views. Trees, lakes, and wildlife will be your company on this peaceful trek into nature. Once you reach the top of Eagle Mountain, you have reached the highest point in Minnesota which is 2,301 feet above sea level.
Before You Go, Here’s A Tip
There is no cell coverage and at times the trail can be difficult. It is difficult to contact anyone if you are in need of help. In case of emergency it will be hard to get responders in and out. Please leave enough time to make the 7-mile round trip hike.
You will need a free self-issue permit at the trailhead for a day hike to enter the Boundary Water Canoe Area.
From Route 61 in Lutsen, MN, go northeast and turn left on County Road 4 – Caribou Trail. Follow 4 for 17.7 miles until its intersection with County Road 153 – The Grade. Turn right and follow 153 for 3.8 miles and turn left on Ball Club Road. Follow this road to the trailhead and parking area.