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Eagle Mountain And Brule Lake Trails

View from Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain, at 2,301 feet, is the highest point in Minnesota. Made of granite, the peak is part of a large rock formation called the Duluth Complex. The granite formed when magma cooled very slowly, miles under the earth’s surface. This slow cooling allowed the rock to form hard crystals, making it resistant to erosion by glaciers.

Hiking north on the Eagle Mountain Trail from FR 170, you will gradually climb during the first 2½-3 miles. For the last ½-mile, the trail is steeper and rocky. Along the flat ridge-top are excellent vistas. The highest point is marked by a brass survey disk on the west side of the ridge.

If you hike from the west, starting from Brule Lake Road (FR 326), you will follow the Brule Lake Trail along a series of lakes with small elevation changes until the trail meets the Eagle Mountain Trail at Whale Lake.

A BWCAW permit is required.

Trail Distance

3.5 miles to the summit via Eagle Mountain Trail, 6.7 miles from the Brule Lake Trailhead to the intersection with the Eagle Mountain Trail.

Vertical Gain or Loss

There is a significant elevation gain between the intersection with the Brule Lake Trail and the summit of Eagle Mountain.

Accessibility Notes

These trails are very rugged in spots and accessibility for those with less mobility would be very challenging.

Pet Friendly Notes

The Superior National Forest allows pets if they are under complete control.