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    Bill Pool completed Mount Bierstadt Trail

    28 days ago

    Bill Pool reviewed Mount Sherman Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This was my first 14er and as a 62 year old flat lander from Minnesota I thought this was a great hike. It was relatively short and had great views at the summit. Like any flatlander you’ll be somewhat short of breath, but a good steady pace will get almost anyone to the top and down again.

    Bill Pool added Pinnacle Peak Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Pool completed Pinnacle Peak Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Pool added Peralta Trail

    7 months ago

    Bill Pool saved Humphrey's Peak

    10 months ago

    Bill Pool added Tallest Peaks

    10 months ago

    Bill Pool saved Headwaters Classic Ride

    12 months ago

    Bill Pool added Late morning walk

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool completed Sunrise Peak via Sunrise Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool updated The Grand Portage hiking trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool reviewed The Grand Portage hiking trail

    about 1 year ago

    When you visit the Grand Portage National Monument you'll notice a signpost just behind the fort for the "Grand Portage" itself. This is the beginning of the actual portage the fur traders used to transport their canoes and goods between Lake Superior and the old Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River that is the border between the US and Canada.

    The portage is 8.5 miles and for those willing to walk in the shoes (or moccasins) of the ancient explorers this is a nice day hike in and back from the fort at Grand Portage to the old Fort Charlotte site and back.

    The hike starting at the Lake Superior fort and back will take approximately 7 hours, so its a full day hike, but if you want to make it shorter you can start at the portage crossover point on either Old Highway 61 or Cowboys Road. This will cut the hiking time considerably without losing any of the scenery or historical perspective of what the explorers went through.

    The trail itself is quite wide and very well maintained. I hiked it a few days after a half inch rain and during a rain storm, so the path was quite muddy. This trail does not handle rain well so you won't enjoy this hike unless its dry, but when dry you can move quickly and easily. The footing is good and there are very few steep areas. You will not find vista views, but the forest, marsh and wildlife is abundant. I didn't see any moose, but there were a lot of footprints on the trail and the grouse were everywhere.

    Once you get to the old Fort Charlotte site there are picnic tables, tent platforms and a nice canoe landing for the Pigeon River. This is a great place for lunch or a snack to take in the history and sounds of this ancient trail. I was welcomed by a group of swans that took flight when I arrived. The parks service also has a set of informative signs that take about the fort, the portage and it;s history.

    I applaud the park service for keeping this trail in excellent shape. There were several places that you could see the work being done on maintaining the trail adding or fixing walkways and building steps. You really get the sense that this portage must have been extremely difficult when carrying long and large canoes and heavy packs. I hiked this in September and there were really no bugs to deal with, but I can image that bugs could be oppressive during the summer and certainly a few hundred years ago for the voyagers.

    I'd recommend this hike for it's historic significance. This has been an active trail and trade routes for several hundred years or more. It's a good hike to add in with a hike to Eagle Mountain or if you're hiking sections of the Superior Hiking Trail, and if you don't want to do the whole Grand Portage start at Old Highway 61 or Cowboy Rd.

    Bill Pool updated The Grand Portage hiking trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool reviewed Eagle Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Nice trail. Easy to get to. Parking and trailhead spacious with toilet and trail info.

    The hike itself is not very strenuous, but the footing is very uneven due to the tree roots and rocks making it a bit tricky. It had rained a little over a half inch a couple days prior to my hike making it a bit muddy in places but overall it dried out well. The reward is near the summit with some nice vista views just below the peak. It's a great place to enjoy a little lunch or snack and soak in the views.

    If you're trying to determine how long this hike will take, I'm 61 years old and it took me 1.5 hours to reach the summit and 1.25 for return to trail head. I wouldn't consider myself to be a fast hiker so hopefully that helps those wondering how much time to plan for. Have fun. Again it's a nice hike and not as claustrophobic as some have suggested in previous posts.

    Bill Pool completed Eagle Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool saved Eagle Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool reviewed Hanging Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Awesome hike.

    Bill Pool completed Hanging Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool saved Hanging Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Bill Pool reviewed West Summit Loop 1A

    over 1 year ago

    Bill Pool completed West Summit Loop 1A

    over 1 year ago