STHP # 16 for me. Part of a 5k mile road trip through much of the Northern States. Did 4 total state high points and visited a ton of National Parks and other scenic stops.
Trail is very straight forward. Very wet. Very Beautiful. Loved this area. Would be fun to spend a month up there.
Up and down pretty quickly to avoid the bugs! Cloudy when we got to the top so didn't get much of a chance to "sightsee." Lots of moose droppings on the trail after the bridge over one of the swampy areas. On the way back saw the "generator" of the poop about 10 yards off the trail - made a hasty retreat as it looked like a cow and didn't know if she had a calf somewhere. Saw a ranger on the trail soon thereafter and he indicated that there are very few moose left in the area so we were fortunate to see her.
Very remote, don't forget bug spray and good shoes! The trail is quite uneven. Great views, totally worth it. I've never been to the Boundary Waters and I fell in love. Whale Lake is a gem. Took us about four hours roundtrip.
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.
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.
Fantastic, cool, rainy afternoon. Where's all the Minnessota moose??
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!