Northern Light Trail


Northern Light Trail is a very steep uphill 1 mile hike.  Climb up 1/2 mile to Blueberry Hill, go all the way to the top and see beautiful vistas overlooking Northern Light Lake.  Hikers need to be prepared to climb with good footwear.  Some portions of the climb are on slanted flat bedrock and can be slippery when wet.  Keep small children in hand as there are steep drop offs along portions of the trail.

At a Glance

Fees No fees.
Permit Info: No permits needed.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Grand Marais
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Gunflint Ranger Station: 218-287-1750

General Information


The trail is a primitive steep rocky trail with stairs in some locations.  There are portions on bare rock slabs at about a 30 degree climb.


There is a small lot with limited turning space.  Large RVs may have difficulty turning around.


Take Cook County Road 12 (Gunflint Trail) about 12 miles, look for signs, parking and trail head on the left.  The turn off is on a curve and easy to miss.  There are also signs for the nearby Northern Light Lake Lake Access, which is at a separate location.

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult