Eagle Mountain Trail

Eagle Mountain Trail is a 3 1/2 mile hike to the top of Eagle Mountain, which at 2301 feet is the highest point in Minnesota.  It is not a loop trail, and the round trip to the summit is 7 miles with a considerable climb.  A good portion of this trail is within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, so the trail is maintained as a wilderness trail.  This means that it is narrow with uneven footing caused by rocks and roots in the trail.  Uphill segments do not have stairs.  It is not cleared as frequently as a non-wilderness trail, and portions may be overgrown.  You have the responsibility to be adequately prepared for a trip in the wilderness with good footwear, ample water, emergency supplies, and sufficient time to make the trip.  You should be self sufficient: there is no cell phone coverage, and due to the nature of the trail, there is no easy way to get assistance in, nor any easy way to get people out in emergencies.

If traveling into the Wilderness portion you will need a BWCAW Permit.  Hiking for the day?  Use a self-issue permit:  instuctions and the permit can be found at the trailhead kiosk.  If camping overnight, see the Boundary Waters page for permit information and for reservations go to www.recreation.gov .

Downloadable information and map.

At a Glance

Reservations: Not required for day trips.  See permit information below.
Permit Info: Permits are required year round for day and overnight travel throughout the BWCAW.   
  • For day hikes and overnight hikes from October 1 - April 30, pick up a free self-issue permit at any entry point (trailhead) or any district office
  • For overnight hikes from May 1 - September 30, learn more about permit basics.
Restrictions: For rules and regulations, see the BWCAW Trip Planning Guide.
Closest Towns: Tofte or Grand Marais
Water: From lakes or streams, filter or boil before use.
Restroom: Wilderness latrines at campsites, vault toilet at parking area.
Information Center: Gunflint Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


The Eagle Mountain Trail trailhead is located on the north side of FR170 .

  • From MN 61, turn north on County Road 4 (Caribou Trail) just north of Lutsen.
  • Follow Co4 until it ends at FR170.
  • Turn right on FR170 and proceed 3 1/2 miles to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead parking lot.
  • The lot is on the left (north) side of the road.


There is an overnight parking lot at the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Difficulty Desc. Trail is rocky and uneven.  Last one mile is a steep climb.
Difficulty Level: Difficult


Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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