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sgb02dLake Superior is Superior  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2016


Gravel road driving in is in great condition for any car. Signage to trailhead made it easy to find. Cool morning with no mosquitoes. Heard a bear from the distance but never saw one. Remarkeable scenery, relatively easy hike. Really loved the towns and road the hugged against lake superior on the drive up there. Had the best fish and chips I ever had in Grand Mais.
Posted May 22, 2016 8:12 pm

MarlinHighpoint #45  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2012


Rained 6"-8" prior to my arrival. Since I drove from southern Illinois, I wasn't going home just because the trail and board walks were submerged. Hiked through water knee deep numerous times. A kayak or canoe would have been nice. Eagle Mountain is located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Posted Sep 19, 2015 3:12 pm

Bezoar GoatI love slogging!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2015

Bezoar Goat

Fantastic, cool, rainy afternoon. Where's all the Minnessota moose??
Posted Aug 19, 2015 5:37 pm

mattdalmanrainy hike HP #33  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2015


Hiked this one on a rainy evening. Helped keep the mosquitoes to a minimum though,thank goodness.
Posted Jun 25, 2015 2:33 pm

ericwillhiteForgot the bug juice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2014


So we forgot to purchase some bug juice, so my wife and I cruised as fast as we could up and down the mountain. Even at 3.5 mph, we got many bug bites. http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/minnesota/eagle_mountain_153.htm
Posted Aug 8, 2014 12:03 am

Jimmy RiversMosquitos on MN's high point!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014

Jimmy Rivers

State HP #39........We had cold and rainy weather, even for mid-June. If we weren't pressed for time, then maybe we would've waited until the next day, but the trail isn't too steep or dangerous. Forest roads were well maintained and the trail head directions were well marked. The hike goes several miles over tree roots, and stumps. The mosquitos were awful however, even in cool and rainy weather. After you hit the scenic viewpoint, hike further to hit the summit monument and take pics there too!
Posted Jul 6, 2014 2:21 am

MTfred19Standard route via Whale Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2014


Woo-hoo! "Mountaineering" in Minnesota! Might as well, since I'm back here in the North Country visiting my parents. Growing up in Minnesota, we came up to the Boundary Waters all the time, but then I moved out west and got the summit fever in the Rocky Mountains. My Mom said that we went up Eagle Mountain when I was very little, but I couldn't remember so I decided to come back. It was a much shorter hike than I was expecting and I saw 27 other hikers on the trail on a Tuesday. The views are fine at the top, and there sure is a lot of wild country around here! But really, it is not my favorite thing to hike through tree tunnels and bug infested swamps, so obviously the best way to travel around here and get a great wilderness experience is to get yourself a canoe and head off on a long trip into the BWCA!
Posted Jun 26, 2014 1:21 pm

Paul McClellanEvening Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Paul McClellan

Early evening hike with the mosquitoes. It was very satisfying to see so much forest wildlife habitat in the north woods.
Posted Jun 25, 2014 11:25 pm

themnkidEagle Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014


Nice hike. Trailhead is easy to get to and well-marked. The forest roads are well groomed. Trail had a bit of standing water. Many tree roots and rocks. After the "scenic view", make sure you keep hiking at the top of the area to find the plaque. Enjoy the Mosquitos!
Posted Jun 8, 2014 11:06 pm

AF_HikerHP #2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010
Very nice hike. Took about 3 hours round trip. Minnesota is a beautiful state.
Posted Jan 26, 2014 11:34 pm

sherlockV nice...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009
I proposed to my now-wife on the summit in 2009. It was a tougher hike than I expected -- a mix of a few feet of snow in some parts and flooded trails in others, so it took a little extra effort, but it was totally worth it. Planning to go climb it again this spring/summer.
Posted Jan 14, 2014 1:01 pm

skinnywhitecomicHP #30  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2013


Very beautiful hike, and a little easier than I anticipated. Probably the most rewarding highpoint of this Midwest trip.
Posted Sep 13, 2013 12:09 pm

Bark EaterBest midwest high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2013

Bark Eater

Beautiful hike and great views on a perfect day. #34 HP for me. With Lillian, friend Barry, and pups.
Posted Sep 10, 2013 6:58 am

Stu BrandelClear Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013

Stu Brandel

Clear day, nice view. Rocks were a bit slick in places. That did not stop a couple of trail runners who zipped by me.
Posted Sep 1, 2013 9:47 pm

technicolorNHshort jaunt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2013


First person to the top that day. The parking lot was all Minnesota aside from my NH plates. Seventy minutes to the top, seventy minutes back down.
Posted Aug 21, 2013 12:05 am

chilkootNice hike  Sucess!


When we got to Whale Lake, my kids and I enjoyed some Pad Thai we had bought at the co-op in Grand Marais. A nice breeze kept the bugs at bay, and it was the perfect spot for a trail dinner. We had the summit all to ourselves and enjoyed better views than we expected from the ledges near the top.
Posted Aug 19, 2013 2:21 pm

IagosGhostGreat Family Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013


Took the whole family (six kids ages 13 to 19 months.) I carried the baby in a child carrier on my back which made it a little more strenuous, but otherwise it was an easy hike. The kids loved finding brightly colored mushrooms, flowers, and berries along the way. And they loved stopping by Whale Lake for a snack. The mosquitoes weren't too bad, but we ran out of bug spray. So my arms paid the price. It drizzled on us when we reached the top. But cleared up enough for some great views at the lookout spot. HP #6 for the whole family!
Posted Aug 16, 2013 1:18 pm

blas9029Done with that one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2013


Easy hike.
Posted Aug 14, 2013 11:41 am

VanProosdyCompleted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2013


And, boom goes the dynamite...
Posted Jul 14, 2013 9:34 pm

3girlsanddadYo where is everyone?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2013


Ok 6:30 AM isn't that early of a time to start your day. Especially when the sun comes up over Lake Superior. I left Tofte at 6:30 and drove up the Caribu Road to the trailhead. Signed in and commenced with my ascent. Once to Whale Lake I saw a campsite, smoke and heard some people. The climb from Whale Lake to the top is serious. Not difficult but rock covered and at times requires some focus. Once at the top the views are simply unbelievable. Several lakes and I heard a loon below. As far as you can see there is simply forest and lake. No signs of others. The BWCA is a treasure. And I got 4G cell service on the top!! Weird but fun. The descent needs to be paid attention to as the rocks give way to roots along the trail heading back from Whale Lake. I encountered my first human 1/4 of a mile from the car on the return trip. A woman, her daughter and their Mastif dog. They didn't have bug spray or a head net.

I recommend the folks at Sawtooth Rentals to help you get your way to the trail head and of course if you are embarking on this journey now keep in mind, the state bird of MN is the Mosquito. Deet and netting will make you smell funny and look goofie but they work and you will really love the remoteness of this HP. No bugs on the top. Really cool morning.
Posted Jul 13, 2013 3:51 pm

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