At over 2,300 feet, Eagle Mountain, a Minnesota State Historic Site, is the highest natural point in Minnesota! It is located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, northwest of Grand Marais. Coincidentally, it is located only 15 miles from Minnesota’s lowest elevation point, Lake Superior. The peak can be climbed during any season, however, be cautious during the winter months as it can be somewhat slippery.
Although most of the hike to the summit is straightforward and uncomplicated, the occasionally rocky and rough terrain make some people categorize it as a strenuous hike. The first two miles have little elevation gain, but soon the area becomes full of lowland bogs accompanied by wooden plank walkways for your convenience. Following the first two miles, Eagle Mountain Trail passes along the southern and western shore of Whale Lake, making for a perfect rest and photo stop.
At the top of the 2,300-foot climb, you will be greeted by a large commemorative plaque placed on a rock that geologists presume to be over one billion years old. Bust out that lunch you packed and enjoy. Stop and take a look around – You will be witnessing one of the greatest views in Minnesota!