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Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Minnesota, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.89750°N / 90.56°W

Object Title: Eagle Mountain

Elevation: 2301 ft / 701 m


Page By: phillinley

Created/Edited: May 27, 2002 / Apr 24, 2004

Object ID: 151003

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Page Score: 87.89%  - 30 Votes 

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Eagle Mountain stands as the highest point in Minnesota. Although only 2,301 feet in elevation, Eagle Mountain takes a 3.5 mile hike to reach its summit. Starting from the trailhead the forest thickens fast. The route travels across a group of hills before reaching an area of bogs. At one of the first bogs there is a sign proclaiming the entrance to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area. The majority of the bogs you will pass will have wooden plank bridges to cross over. When hiking through this area in the winter take care to make sure you are on the right part of the bridge or you may fall in if the snow is not deep enough. Soon after reaching the bogs area the trees will open up to the right exposing Whale Lake and the first glimpse of Eagle Mountain. Take the trail around Whale Lake until you reach a sign that says Eagle Mountain. (When traveling in the winter the trail will most likely be lost due to the snow drifting off of the lake. Simply stay close to the edge of the trees surrounding the lake and you will soon find the trail marker that points to Eagle Mountain.) Taking a left at the marker the trail steepens and leads in a circular path up the mountain for a gain of about 600 feet or so. The steepest part of this part of the climb is in the first stretch of it and is not difficult. You will reach a point where it seems you are at the top and the trees open up to give you a beautiful panoramic of the Minnesota wilderness and other lesser high points of the area. But you need to continue into the center of the top of the mountain until you reach a plaque on a rock that proclaims the summit of Eagle Mountain. After you reach the top go back to the panoramic vistas you just left and enjoy some more of the view since the actual summit is nothing special.

Getting There

Eagle Mountain is located in the northeast corner of Minnesota in Cook County, just off of the coast of Lake Superior's North Shore. If approaching from the south, take Route 61 north from Duluth. Drive for approximately 90 miles to the town of Lutsen. Just outside of Lutsen take a left at county road 4. Be aware that this road is not very well plowed in the winter so a four-wheel drive vehicle may be necessary to negotiate in snowy conditions. Take this road for approximately 18 miles until you reach a t-junction with Forest Road 170. Take a left on this road and continue a few miles until you see the Eagle Mountain Trailhead on your left. There is parking at the trailhead. If coming from Canada you can shorten the drive by following route 61 south to Grand Marais. Take county road 12 in Grand Marias to county road 8. Take a left at 8 and follow it as it curls around Devil's Track Lake. Continue left onto county road 27. This road will curve and turn into forest road 170. The Eagle Mountain Trailhead will be on your right.

Red Tape

There is a registration box at the trailhead.

When To Climb

Anytime of year is great time of year to climb. Although nothing more than a hike in the spring, summer and fall, Eagle Mountain is a fun snowshoe climb in the winter and can be cross-country skied as well


There is a campsite area at the base of Whale Lake. Any other information on camping could be found at the Lake Superior National Forest website.

Mountain Conditions

For the best weather conditions if traveling in the winter, you could call Grand Marais' Visitor Center. 1-888-922-5000. They were helpful in letting me know the current snow conditions in the back woods.

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gordonyeUntitled Comment


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latitude = 47 deg 53' 51" = 47.8975

longitude = 90 deg 33' 36" = -90.56
Posted Aug 4, 2002 7:39 pm
SagebrushUntitled Comment

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If you wish to overnight at one of the two campsites near Eagle Mtn, you must get a BWCA permit at the Forest Service office in Tofte.
Posted May 28, 2004 4:26 pm
seidelcRe: Untitled Comment

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Do you know where the camp sites are located?

Posted Feb 27, 2014 9:55 am
IlafanUntitled Comment


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Beware of snowmelt in the spring and MAKE SURE YOU BRING BUG SPRAY IN JUNE!! Unbelievable bugs, and I am FROM Minnesota!
Posted Apr 3, 2005 5:31 pm
mad maximusUntitled Comment

mad maximus

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At the T you need to make a right turn. There is a wooden sign pointing right stating the trail head is 4 miles down the road.
Posted Aug 7, 2005 5:06 pm
Globe199Getting There

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The route is incorrect. Take a RIGHT on Forest Road 170 (also called The Grade).

Also, at some point FR 170 was renamed from FR 153. Newer maps of Superior National Forest all show FR 170, so that needs to be corrected on this page's route map. Nowhere on the actual road does it reference 153, only 170.
Posted Jul 24, 2007 12:51 pm
RedwicCounty Road 4...


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Heading north from Lutsen, after turning onto County Road 4, don't be alarmed if some road signs and addresses start referencing "Caribou Trail (Road)". It is the same road for that stretch.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 12:43 pm
AlpinistNone of the current photos are of Eagle Mtn


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I hate to embarrass anyone but ALL of the photos of Eagle Mountain on SP are not of Eagle Mtn. The photos posted here are actually of the hill to the right of Eagle Mtn, which is what is visible when you first reach Whale Lake. (I confess that I also thought it was Eagle Mtn when I first reached the lake, based on the photos that I previously saw.) Most photos on the web are incorrect as well but this guy got it right.

Compare the above picture with the one below from SP. If you were to splice the 2 photos together, the one above of Eagle Mtn would appear to the left of the one below.

Now compare that with the topo map. There are 2 prominant hills and Eagle Mtn is the one on the left as viewed from Whale Lake. Notice that in all of the incorrect photos, there is no hill to the right of the summit?

Posted Mar 2, 2010 5:52 pm


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sorry for the way late reply on this, I didn't see the comment til today. Checking out the topo and then the satellite images, yeah alpinist, you're right. I'm going to have to drive back up there this winter and snap another picture of it to get a photo of the actual mountain up on Eagle's page. I'll try and get a panorama shot from the east side of the lake of all three bumps as well.
Posted Sep 8, 2010 12:57 pm
AlpinistPhtoto of Eagle Mtn has been added


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FYI - SP member idzaharia uploaded a photo of Eagle Mtn. You should make that the signature photo now since the other one is incorrect.
Posted Aug 17, 2012 9:42 am
AlpinistSignature photo


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Phil, just a reminder that the signature photo needs to be updated on this page. Actually , the page hasn't been updated since 2004. If you're too busy or don't wish to maintain it, I'll be happy to contribute. You can make me an editor...
Posted Jul 1, 2013 10:08 am
Stu BrandelWrong Photo

Stu Brandel

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I was glad to have read these comments before hiking up to the top. My sense of direction would have been giving me warning signals when the route took off west instead of north to the 'sister peak'. The photo should be swapped out as Alpinist suggests.
Posted Sep 1, 2013 9:52 pm
iowahawk43Finding the Summit

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This high point can be a bit tricky. When you reach the "top" you'll find an open rocky "field". You'll know what I mean because it is unusual for what you've seen up to that point. Cross this rock field "horizontally" and pick up the trail. You are going to make a circle around the mountain peak. When you reach the second open rock field, look for some marked trees. These are not obviously marked, but if you look for them it should be clear. At this rock field, go UP. You'll find a trail higher on the rocks (I recall a three-foot evergreen at the start of the trail). Within a few hundred steps you'll find the plaque.

We kept going round the mountain peak to a third rocky clearing - nope. If you reach this you'll find it near impossible to continue across for the drop off looks wicked here. And if you go "up" you'll find only animal trails. So, go back around to a previous rock field and search up. You'll know this is a more normal human trail, than an animal trail.

We almost gave up but finally found the magic trail to the official plaque and peak. Don't get this close and let that happen to you. Hope this input helps you out.
Posted Oct 25, 2013 10:22 pm
ColinRe: Finding the Summit


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I visited on 8/5/15. This was useful advice. Just stick with the trail once you get on top and turn right (uphill) when you reach the second rocky field. I didn't see the markings on the trees, but there were a couple of rock cairns when I visited. The other sections of the trail are obvious and there is a directional sign at the end of Whale Lake.

I didn't find the mosquitoes that intimidating. They were slow and didn't seem all that determined when I was there.

One of the prettiest hikes I've done in a long time.

Posted Aug 11, 2015 5:28 pm

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Has anyone camped here before? I have already purchased my BWCA permit for May but I'm not sure where to camp. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks!
Posted Feb 27, 2014 9:53 am
AlpinistRe: Camping


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I camped on the south side of Whale Lake about the mid way point, but that was in January. Everything was covered in snow then. There is a flat spot there though I'm not sure what it's like during spring/summer.
Posted May 12, 2014 5:55 pm

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Hi, I have a question for those whom have hiked this trail. In September I plan on taking my father up to Eagle Mountain for his birthday because he has asked about Minnesota's highest point. Since it's his birthday though everyone wants to go too, and that includes several small children. The current plan is to have them stay at camp with their mommys, but the mommys didn't like that idea. So, I know the discriptions say the hike can get difficult but, would it be too difficult to piggy back say 4 toddlers up that mountain? How is the trail up to the mountain? Can we bring strollers and leave them at the bottom before the trail heads upwards?

Posted Aug 3, 2014 10:12 pm
vakangxuRe: Children

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Just saw some picture, nevermind about the stroller comment, but I still feel that the trail is doable with children, what do you guys think?
Posted Aug 3, 2014 10:18 pm
wjtegeder@gmail.comEagle Mountain Climb

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Do not climb this mountain in June, July or August. The mosquitos will kill you!
Posted May 24, 2015 10:25 pm

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