First of four highpoints during a road trip from Minneapolis. I got lucky with a gorgeous autumn day. Beautiful, clear, sunny skies and the temps warming to the upper 50's! Fantastic hike to the summit via the Eagle Mountain Trail and not a single mosquito at this time of year!
I had a wonderful time on this hike. Now, as a disclaimer, if you compare this mountain to western mountains or use metrics like vertical gain and elevation as a standard for evaluation, yeah you might be disappointed. But for the Great Lakes Region it's really something.
The first part of the hike is mostly flat but rough. There are a lot of rocks and roots in the path, and with how damp it was when I went it quite slippery. There were more species of mushrooms and fungi than I have ever recorded anywhere else. I lost count around 30. The end of the hike gets rather steep and I broke a bit of a sweat as I skipped up from boulder to boulder.
The top affords a better view than anywhere within ~450 miles, and I was lucky to see the fall colors of the aspen.
Highly recommend if you're in the area.
This was a long grueling day. I broke camp at Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and crossed into MN about 6 am and it started raining. Although light or moderate most of the time, it didn't stop for almost 24 hours. I stopped at Grand Portage NHS and hiked a small mountain there before getting to Eagle Mountain down those long gravel roads.
I was the only car in the lot and the mosquitos attacked me as soon as I opened the car door. My BWCA permit is probably indecipherable because I was so rushed and under attack by insects. Even pausing for water during the hike was risky. The trail was super rocky but not a lot of sustained gain until you get close to the end, which is a dead end with a plaque and literally no view. Plenty of mosquitos though. There is a viewpoint a few hundred yards down from the HP and I bet both it and Whale Lake are lovely in good weather and sans mosquitos, if such a thing exists. I had been planning on camping nearby but the all day rain intensified after my hike so I drove back to Duluth and found a hotel. Not the way I drew it up but # 41 done.
First of three on this trip. Several inches of snow on the ground, but it was well packed. We did not even put on microspikes, just were careful in some spots. Absolutely perfect day... 20 degrees, calm, mostly sunny. It was a perfect day and a nice hike. Surprisingly nice views at the top (below true summit). I actually proposed as well, so there is that..
Challenging hike, beautiful views.
If you keep moving you can summit in 2 hours
Smart to do it in the winter to avoid the bugs. I had on a head net but they still bugged the crap out of me!
Can't stress enough how horrible the mosquitoes are in the BWCA in the summer. Hit this HP in the fall or winter if you can, else you can't enjoy it. I did enjoy the remoteness, however, and I didn't see anyone else which I love!
About 3 hours car to car at a very mellow pace. With Jesi. Oppressive, stifling heat in the forest, many bugs, but that's part of the deal in this part of the world. Nice area.
Beautiful hike on a gorgeous day. Mosquitos were terrible, but as long as we kept moving they didn't create too much trouble. If you stopped to take a drink though, they would swarm you! Finished the full 7 mile trip (with a small wrong-way detour) in about 4 hours. Hiked with my 16 year old niece and my wife. It was niece's first highpoint experience. Beautiful views down at Whale Lake and up above at the vista near the top. Northern Minnesota is gorgeous! Highpoint # 35 for me.
Great hike in the winter with the snow
Flew to MKE and rented a car to hit the Midwest Lakes Area high points. Eagle Mountain was third of 5 for this trip. I stayed at the Eagle Mountain Trailhead the night before. Drive to the trailhead is very straight forward on well maintained compacted gravel road. Took the Eagle mountain trail. Very straight forward. The views at whale lake are spectacular. There is a viewing opportunity near the top. Stunning views from this vista. There are no views from the top. Nearing the highpoint you will need to go up and then take two right turns to finally reach the HP plaque.
Stunning hike with amazing views, excellent conditions, and wonderful people I met on the trail. Nice group from Minnesota and Wisconsin with two dogs. Great to see so many people making the most of a beautiful mountain and a beautiful day.
Second attempt after a failed December 2017 arctic bomb winter ascent.
Long trek through the snow, minimal elevation gain... climbed this in the winter to avoid all the bugs.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for an easier winter hike... very very scenic!
Lite rain on the hike out, but I liked the hike.
Gorgeous little hike into some pretty rugged and swampy country. So grateful for the people that built the bridges to walk across. Whale Lake was amazing! The summit is pretty nondescriptive though. By far, one of my least favorite state highpoints visited.
Drove up from Duluth after attaining HPs in IL, WI, & MI. It was a very rainy & wet day all the way to the trailhead and began to rain again during the hike in. The trail is very rugged due to the rocks and roots....not my kind of hike but it was a necessary highpoint. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't bagging it in a highpoint quest. It just wasn't very fun due to those trail conditions. The rain did keep the mosquitoes away so being soaking wet was a good tradeoff for me. This was HP #21.
Mosquitoes and near 100 degree temp. Miserable !!!!!!!
The board walks are much appreciated. The trees and bugs are thick. There are a few places with a nice view. Watch for where the trail turns uphill to the right over rock at the second overlook getting near the summit. The bugs wouldn't let us hang for long at the summit.
Climbed it with my wife while on a vacation to Minnesota. Encountered lots of mosquito's and forgot to bring bug spray, so we got bit a lot. But it was a pleasant hike and not too difficult. This was highpoint # 27 for me.