Secret/Blackstone Lake Trail


The Secret/Black Stone Trail is a trail system with loops that are 2 and 3 miles long. The trail is ideal for taking a short hike with small children or a longer, more rugged overnight trip. There are numerous locations that overlook Secret, Blackstone, Ennis Lakes or one of several small ponds.

Downloadable information and map

At a Glance

Permit Info: None required. 
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Boil or filter your water.
Restroom: Pit toilet at campsite.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600 

General Information


The Secret/Blackstone Hiking Trail is located 20.5 miles north and east of Ely.

  • From Ely, take State Hwy 169 (Fernberg Trail) East 18.5 miles.
  • Turn left onto the Moose Lake Road and go 2 miles. Watch for the sign. 


Parking lot on the right side of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking


Camp only at designated sites or atleast 150 feet from hiking trails, lakes, streams, portages, or other campsites.

There is 1 back country campsite available on Blackstone Lake. Please use facilities provided such as fire ring, tent pad and latrine. Pack out garbage. 

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.