This is an excellent trail for all skill levels. Good ankle support is necessary! The spring involves ice and mud on the trail for much of the way. Summer and fall dry out in many areas, but several wet spots remain. In the winter you can ski or snowshoe on the trail. Dogs are welcome with a leash, but make sure to bring bags to pick up dog poop or at least scrape it up and throw it 100 feet into the woods away from water sources! Near the top there is a lookout spot with excellent views; another 500 feet and you are at another lookout near the summit. The actual summit is back in the woods about 200 feet.
There are some steep areas with lots of rocks, roots, and mud to navigate, but overall this trail is in excellent condition. There are a lot of people on nice days. To avoid the crowd, get to the trailhead early to get to the summit at sunrise. After about 9am you will start to see more people on the trail.
The track available on this page is NOT the Eagle Mountain trail. It is a section of the Superior hiking trail that is by the ski resort of Lutsen.
The Eagle mountain trail is further north and connects to the Brule Lake Trail that starts by, you guessed it Brule Lake. The trail can be wet in areas. There are two campsite along the trail on Whale Lake and the second campsite is the better and can hold up to 9 people. (The max group size in the BWCAW.) As this trail goes to the highest point in Minnesota and is fairly short it is a well traveled trail and see a lot of use as a day hike.
I spent almost two weeks, canoeing, hiking and camping. I met two bears, lots of chipmunks, squirrels, birds and mosquitoes. Oh yes, all the jokes about mosquitoes being the Minnesota state bird are well earned. The wild blueberries were in season when I was there so I had plenty of fresh fruit to go with my dehydrated camping foods.