Eagle Mountain Climber's Log

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distressbark

distressbark - Dec 17, 2008 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

home state high point  Sucess!

I'm from Minnesota, and spent a great deal of my childhood camping in state parks along the shore of Lake Superior. Had the pleasure of hiking to the top of Eagle Mountain 5 or 6 times. Always look forward to going back.

One thing the page doesn't mention; the bugs are HORRENDOUS on this trail! The last view times I've gone, I recall being absolutely engulfed by mosquitoes and flies on the summit. Thick woods and bogs all around = insect mania. Bring some bug repellent if you want to enjoy your lunch up top!

montanachris

montanachris - Dec 16, 2008 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2005

Solace of the Woods  Sucess!

I love the Great Northwoods! This was an awesome hike just when I needed one; was going through some tough times and the natural quiet gave me the time and peace to do some soul searching! The blueberries at the summit weren't bad either!

aedwards

aedwards - Nov 4, 2008 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2008

Good day for a hike  Sucess!

Hiked on Saturday, November 1st. Beautiful day.
Pretty typical hike for the area, rocky trail, good views to the south and west near the top. It was lovely weather, the lakes and streams had a fine layer of ice in parts. Realized I was out of film (I still shoot b&w film) when I got to whale lake. :-(

highlandvillager

highlandvillager - Jul 30, 2008 1:47 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Lots of wildlife  Sucess!

We saw two moose and a black bear just before arriving at the trailhead, two deer and two loons while hiking, a fox, a raven, and more deer on the way out, and countless mosquitos all along the way. HP11

Redwic

Redwic - Jul 7, 2008 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

BUG CENTRAL!!!  Sucess!

Even after stopping to take some photos, I was impressed it took me only two hours to complete this seven-mile roundtrip hike. The bugs were HORRIBLE. No-see-ums, black flies, mosquitoes, and these really large/long flying bugs (with fly-eyes) that hikers said take big chunks of skin off. Yikes! At least the abundant dragonflies weren't biting me (I think... lol). Not counting the bug problem, this is a VERY scenic and enjoyable section of the state (and country).
This was the second of seven HPs attained on my most ambitious weekend HP road trip to date.

starship_jen

starship_jen - Jul 7, 2008 8:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2008

HP #38  Sucess!

3rd HP of 5 on this road trip. Bugs were AWFUL! This area of MN is fantastic though! Beautiful sunny, mild day. Lovely!

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 1:20 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2007

EAGLE MTN  Sucess!

COULD HAVE USED WATER WINGS OR HIP WADERS AFTER THE MOST OCTOBER RAINFALL ON THE BOOKS HAD ALREADY ACCUMULATED. AFTER COMING FROM LAS VEGAS, I WASN'T GOING TO LET WET FEET STOP ME SO CARRIED MY BOOTS THROUGH THREE 100 YD STRETCHES OF OVERFLOWING CREEKS

weeds19

weeds19 - Dec 24, 2007 5:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2005

Great Hike  Sucess!

We took our 3 mos old son on this hike and had a great time. Nice trail and great views from the rocks.

argothor

argothor - Sep 28, 2007 5:25 pm

Eagle Mt.  Sucess!

Hiked Eagle with a friend and my golden retriever Thor. My second state highpoint.

breagen

breagen - Sep 27, 2007 6:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2006

Eagle Mountain  Sucess!

Nice hot, humid, buggy Northwoods day!

Larry V

Larry V - Sep 10, 2007 9:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007

Tasty berries here!!  Sucess!

The wild raspberries and blueberries were common, and very tasty!!! The common loons (official state birds) were not so common, but we saw a pair of them on the lake. The mosquitos (unofficlal state birds) were abundant.

paclimber

paclimber - Jul 31, 2007 1:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2007

Number 48

Five years to the day that I climbed Mt. Marcy (NY) as my first state highpoint, I completed the lower 48 here atop Eagle Mountain. Bright, warm, sunny day. Beatufil day to celebrate.

Globe199 - Jul 24, 2007 12:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

MN Highpoint!  Sucess!

Beautiful, thick forest all the way up the trail. Whale Lake is the best part of the hike, in my opinion. The reflection of the trees in the water is just awesome. Further on, the vista near the summit is incredible. Probably the best view anywhere in Minnesota. The trail itself is not very challenging, in terms of endurance, but is very annoying, with basketball-sized rocks everywhere. I don't think I'd do this hike again. The last mile or so out is grueling; the rocks just never end.

The mosquitoes were bad, but I've seen worse, and bug spray wipes worked great. Saw very few other animals -- one tiny garter snake and a squirrel. That was pretty much it besides some birds. It was a great experience overall. Took 4hrs 20min, including 25-30 minutes at the summit for lunch and rest.

One other thing. We brought hiking poles which helped immensely. They saved our knees from being bashed by the rocks on the way down.

The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 3:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2002

HP #14  Sucess!

Finding the TH was a challenge in itself;
The route was very scenic...
Coming back from the top and my friend sprained her ankle...
That wasn't a pretty sight!!

surgent

surgent - Oct 19, 2006 8:25 pm

Skeeters  Sucess!

I was transported by northern Minnesota's state bird, the mosquito. Went in at 220 lbs, came out at 180 lbs :)

TLP

TLP - Aug 28, 2006 5:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006

MN is nice  Sucess!

This is a fun hike. Whale Lake is nice. I liked hiking through the forest. And there are two really nice overlooks on this mountain. The whole North Shore area of MN I found to be very scenic and beautiful.

Holsti97

Holsti97 - Jul 31, 2006 3:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

Eagle Mountain  Sucess!

Hiked to the top with son Ryan and friends Ed, Joe, and Martha. Very hot day, but a nice hike in the woods. Met several other hikers. Had lunch at the summit and then drove to Grand Marais to participate in the North Shore Dragonboat Races. Fun weekend. HP #17.

TheBootfitter

TheBootfitter - Jul 26, 2006 11:23 pm

Multiple Ascents  Sucess!

I've been to the top a few times while hiking in the area. Fun 'climb' for Minnesota. :-)

Tie-Dye Mike

Tie-Dye Mike - Apr 8, 2006 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2006

Another HP, Another Thanks  Sucess!

Thanks for the pictures on the site, I immediatly knew I was almost there, thanks. Had to snowshoe the entire way, but was still able to summit and back to the car in 4hrs.(and in the dark)

The Vor

The Vor - Feb 23, 2006 2:02 am Date Climbed: Mar 10, 2003

1st Highpoint  Sucess!

Snow was slushy so made it a little rougher going. topped out and camped for the night. Very nice place to spend a spring evening.

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