Hiking

Choose from the following to find a site: photo of a hiker in the fall by the lake


   

There is no better way to see the Chippewa National Forest than on a trail. Hike and view spring wildflowers, bike along a tranquil wetland, hunt grouse on a hunter/walking trail, or ski through winter woods. The Chippewa National Forest offers over 298 miles of non-motorized trails. Above you will find links listing recommended hiking trails for backpacking and day trips on the Chippewa National Forest. These trails are for nonmotorized use unless otherwise noted. All National Forest System lands are open to camping. A number of primitive campsites are located along the trail routes. We ask that you pack out all that you bring in and help maintain the Forest for those who follow.

Hiking Safety Tips for Hunting Season:

With the coming of fall foliage and cooler weather, hikers can expect to encounter hunting activity on the Chippewa National Forest.  Trail users should keep in mind a few simple things when out and about in the months ahead to ensure personal safety:

  • Wear blaze orange and make yourself (and your dogs) visible.
  • Know the Minnesota hunting seasons: www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html
  • Avoid hiking during high use hunting times.
  • Don't interfere with hunters or provoke a confrontation; they have a right to use public lands
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
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The Chippewa National Forest Trails Data is now available to the public on the internet. You now have several options to find National Forest Trails:

 


https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/chippewa/recreation/hiking