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Best trails in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness ranging from 3.4 to 46.4 miles and from 1,315 to 1,761 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Blackstone, Secret and Ennis Lakes
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#2 - BWCAW Paddle: Fall Lake Campground to Moose Lake
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 46.4 mi
#3 - Secret Lake Loop
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#4 - North Arm Coxey Pond loop
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Day use permits required for entering the BWCA. Permits available at the trailhead, must be carried with you as you hike. Start at North Arm trailhead parking lot, pass Sentinels and go up the North Star Run. Take the Lost Lakes branch to Coxey Pond and then return back to North Star Run. Complete that portion and then head back on Coxey Pond branch, using either Thor's or Hug-A-Tree branches to complete the loop. The edge of Coxey Pond contains some rare Minnesotan pitcher plants. Beware of floating bogs at the edge of Coxey Pond - you can fall through them, or at a minimum get your shoes very wet when they sink slightly under your weight. Show more
#5 - Hegman Lakes Hike and Paddle Route
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
A BWCA permit is required for this trip. Park at the parking lot off Echo trail and hike/portage to South Hegman Lake. Paddle across South Hegman Lake and do a small portage across land to connect with North Hegman Lake. Paddle up past the small island to view well-preserved ancient pictographs. Return by the same route.Show more
#6 - Powow Trail: Pose Lake
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 5 h 39 m
#7 - Frost River
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi
#8 - Blackstone Lake Loop
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 48 m