Hiked this one on a rainy evening. Helped keep the mosquitoes to a minimum though,thank goodness.
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!
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!
Early evening hike with the mosquitoes. It was very satisfying to see so much forest wildlife habitat in the north woods.
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!
Very nice hike. Took about 3 hours round trip. Minnesota is a beautiful state.
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.
Very beautiful hike, and a little easier than I anticipated. Probably the most rewarding highpoint of this Midwest trip.
Beautiful hike and great views on a perfect day. #34 HP for me. With Lillian, friend Barry, and pups.
Clear day, nice view. Rocks were a bit slick in places. That did not stop a couple of trail runners who zipped by me.
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.
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.
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!
And, boom goes the dynamite...
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.
Camped at the Split Rock Lighthouse and then drove out here and started hiking around 1 pm. Got back around 4 pm. Views amazing, hike and trail amazing, the mosquitoes were horrific!
Acclimated for four days at Whale Lake. Spent our time shuttling oxygen tanks to 2100 feet. Made the summit on a cloudy, foggy, drizzly day.