My son, Travis and I hiked this during very wet conditions in the rain. Lots of snow still on the trail and half a dozen stream crossings where we had no choice but to wade. The water was even above some of the boardwalks which I am certain must be above water later in the year. The boardwalks that weren't under water had 12 inches of snow still on them. Despite the conditions we had a great time - especially compared to doing Iowa's highpoint the day before and Wisconsin's highpoint the day after. I highly recommend Betty's Pies for lunch afterwards - just north of Two Harbors.
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL winter hike up to Eagle Mountain. The weather was a "10", about 12 degrees, light wind, fresh snow from two days ago that still hung on the evergreens making for a enchanted winter forest. The trail was traveled enough that there was never any doubt that we were headed in the right direction. We hiked up and back down in a little under 3 hours, oohhhing and ahhhhing all the way. There is a LOT of snow up there so while we did not actually locate the summit marker, some winter campers who were up there and had been there many times assured us we were at the peak. We would absolutely recommend this as a winter hike to anyone who enjoys a beautiful Minnesota winter wonderland. The hike was a breeze.
If you hike this one in September, the mosquitos are not much of a problem. Wonderful hike with my wife and saw a few people along the way. We had expansive views along the way at a rocky part of the trail close to the top. We really enjoyed the north shore of Lake Superior as well.
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!
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!
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. :-(
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
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.
3rd HP of 5 on this road trip. Bugs were AWFUL! This area of MN is fantastic though! Beautiful sunny, mild day. Lovely!
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
We took our 3 mos old son on this hike and had a great time. Nice trail and great views from the rocks.
Hiked Eagle with a friend and my golden retriever Thor. My second state highpoint.
Nice hot, humid, buggy Northwoods day!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
I was transported by northern Minnesota's state bird, the mosquito. Went in at 220 lbs, came out at 180 lbs :)
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.
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.