Looking at the posted pictures, I had no idea that the "hill" in the background of Whale Lake as you first approach it is the actual highpoint. Never gave it any thought when hiking it nor looking at my own pictures from that hike. Fortunately we took a few pics of us at the lake there with Eagle Mountain behind it. Too bad it wasn't more centered but then we'd have to be in the lake.
The hike was great, the mosquitoes were not out yet, saw loons swimming in lake, saw a moose on other side of Whale Lake. The lake was still cold. Ate at the Dairy Queen in Grand Marais. It hit the spot.
I've done my homestate three times. I love Eagle Mountain. The views from near the top are beautiful, and the hike through the great MN woods is fun. The drive to this place from Duluth is one of the best in the nation. Lake Superior rocks! Some cautions: the trail is rough (roots, rocks, mud, uneven surface), be aware of bull moose and bears, and make sure you bring BUG SPRAY.
I was training for an Ecuador trip and did a trail run round up in the Lutsen area northern MN.
It was cool, slippery , there was snow and warm weather and then cold...
I was the first to climb the mountain this day. It was a nice cool day for it but it was much to hazy over the surrounding forest. I would like to do this hike again. Vary entertaining.
Rained all morning but cleared up enough to do the hike. Nice and peaceful, no one on the trail.
Overnighted at the first campsite on July 3rd, then did the summit the morning of the 4th. The skies were cloudy but there was little warning before the storm of the century overtook me on the way back to the trailhead. Dodged a few falling trees as I ran to a bog to ride out the storm. Fortunately, this area was not devasted as like some of the other places in the BWCA, so I was able to easily hike back out to my car after the storm passed.
Very nice hike. Pretty views on the way up. The mosquitos were so big I swear I saw one fly away with a small child impaled upon its proboscis.
Tons of moths (thousands) at the camp site. The summit is not the best view, surrounded by trees. The best view is from lower down.
The drive to get to the trailhead parking area was like going through a maze of gravel roads. The trail was kind of boring until we headed around the lake and started the climb. Great views from the cliffs on top.