Explore the most popular camping trails in Superior National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome hike. Trail for the most part is well maintained. Gets hard to follow when you first get to Whale Lake, but just keep going straight. You'll feel the last 1/2 mile in your legs but easily doable. Finished roundtrip in just about 3 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful fall day, overcast, 50 degrees. A number of muddy spots to step through or step around. Lots of rocks and tree roots to deal with. One water crossing to be made, guaranteed to get your feet wet. Five hour round trip for two 65 year-olds including a half hour lunch at the top.

on Eagle Mountain Trail

6 months ago

Very rocky and footy. Wear good shoes. Incline isn’t bad at all, I’d rate this a moderate difficulty with some terrain to manage. With kids we did it in 3 hours out/back. Great views from the top.

backpacking
6 months ago

Just finished the loop this past weekend for 4 days,3 nights. Went with the same 2 guys as before. Could easily have made it 2 nights (hike out the last day instead of staying right near the fork). The trail was in excellent condition. I had a Fenix 5x gps watch and map/compass. Note the devils cascade site was occupied by canoers, something I'm guessing happens quite a bit.

hiking
6 months ago

Not super scenic, except for some bridges and then obviously the summit. Beautiful in the fall, but it gets crowded closer to midday. In the early summer, its muddier and more vegetation. Looks like a good trail to see moose, but I have not in two hikes so far. Bring water and good boots!

Went up there with my 8 year old and 13 year old. Took awhile but we all did it. Was beautiful

hiking
7 months 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.

Hard but worth it

Great hike. Well worth it

hiking
8 months ago

This was a fun trail with gorgeous views of Whale Lake and looking Southwest from Eagle Mountain. I would call it moderate in difficulty. there are a lot of rocks, but it was easy to navigate them.

Great I have been up there many times

hiking
8 months ago

Weather ended up holding out pretty good today! Being a local from the Pacific Northwest, this hike reminded me of home. Wet, rooty, and lots of rocks to step around. The first two miles is like this consistently.

After reaching whale laoe, a sign will point to the summit. There is a panoramic point close to the end - great photo ops! Continue past this and hang a right once you come to a field of slab. Once you see the plaque, you've made it! Welcome to the top of Minnesota!

Bugs were fairly non-existent (might be to early). Saw a grouse on the trail. Heard a couple bugles - moose, deer, elk? Still trying to figure it out...

Nice woods, and pretty view at the top. Lots of rocks on the trail make it a slow hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

PLEASE READ AND HEED!!!

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED!

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/superior/recarea/?recid=37075

While canoeing Disappointment Lake we came across 5 lost hikers that were walking in the lake along the shoreline; we ended up transporting them and their kit to a portage/(Little part) of the trail that still exists. Turns out they tried hiking this trail, got lost in the blowdown, and then made the decision try and find their way out in the lake as compared to fighting the woods on a trail that is buried..

Everyone in the group was drenched, it had been raining the past 36 hours, lucky for them the temps were in the low 60's... Still a recipe for disaster..

Giving a 1 star because there is not a skull and crossbones..

Pretty rocky, bring good boots! Beautiful and highly recommended! Only a couple muddy parts when i went. My husky loved it! I will go back, but try the Brule hike next.

9 months ago

Challenging hike, but the view from the top is worth it. Plan for a 5 hour window to do it justice. Pack lunch, water and a hammock. I would recommend good boots; the trail is very rugged.

Loop hike along the Laurentian Divide, the east-west divide between Lake Superior and Hudson Bay. There is a maze of trails involving the Fitness Trail near the trailhead; follow the blue diamonds to get out of the Fitness Trail area and onto the "real" hiking trails. Trail goes mostly through forest with a few open rock outcrops. The national forest's literature mentions overlooks, but I never came to anything I would call an overlook, at least not during the summer. Watch out for rocks hiding among tall grass on the southern part of the loop: I sprained my ankle when I stepped on the side of such a rock.

awesome hike with a good challenge! wonderful view at the top! we also saw 2 moose on the trail!

You'll find any easy "fitness trail" in the beginning, which is a nice wide trail to stretch your legs if you are traveling and stop at this rest stop. Many of the obstacles for the fitness part need to be redone as they are falling apart, though. If you continue on past the first Loop, there are many different trails. Some of them go straight up, and many various levels of difficulty are found here. We spend a lot of time here as it's only 5 minutes from our house, but you can feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Great trails all year-round. Many different loops for xc-skiing, hiking, running or walking. There is a small fitness loop with equipment for workout activities then larger loops for hiking and skiing. A few hidden spots for rock climbing are used by local groups and 7+ miles of single track bike trail has been added in the recent years by a few hardworking people and trail crews. Terrain is easy to moderate for hiking and skiing with trails all marked with difficulty. There is also a small shelter located at the far east-end of the long loop.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Just hiked it this morning, it was a great view at the end, the view made up for the long hike through rocky woods.

backpacking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Did a partial weekend trip up to little shell with 3 hikers, Myselff with good experience, one with quite a few trips, one with minimal backpacking but much canoe experience. Bring a map and compass and know how to use them as this a a relatively primitive trail. Get a good DNR map NOT the printable ones online. Watch for rock cairns and sawn trees. These are the ONLY markers. Comparing this to the SHT, it is much more "out there" meaning you are litterally in the the bush with, at some points, a very tight trail that can be easily lost. With that said it has been my favorite backpacking trail I have done, definately will be back to do the full. Note that the campsite along the first portage is impassable due to the portage being flooded 1/2 through, unless you like wading 4' water/

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Check the local postings about this one! There was a windstorm in July, and this trail is not yet fully clear. We hiked as far as we could (probably only about 2 miles in and back round trip) since we were there. This and the other nearby trail are not well groomed--we could tell the the often narrow trail isn't heavily used. We wouldn't recommend it in low light even when clear of the tree debris. We will try again, though, when the downed trees are removed and hopefully augment our review! Gorgeous area.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Well this is a hiking trip I would forget. I was visiting family and came up for my grandma's 90th birthday. Well the day before my dad asked me if i wanted to pick up some high points on the way home. I asked my wife and see agreed. Well i started mapping out everything. So it we left and drove across the state which took 10 hours. when we were an hour from the trail head, we started getting flood warning and thunderstorm warnings on our phones. Also the darkest clouds i had ever seen in my life where above us. It poured rained for 15 minutes straight. It was raining so hard I pulled off the road for the first time. But the rain let up and we continued onward. We managed to get to the trail head at 8 PM. My dad assured us we were fine since it was the middle of the summer and it doesn't get dark in Minnesota until midnight. So my wife and I went down the trail. 30 minutes on the trail the skies opened up. Good thing I came prepared with stuff to keep us dry, and the trail got dark, and i had plenty of flashlights to guide our way in the dark. When climbing the mountain, we were literally hiking up a waterfall. We were pretty much soaked from knee down. When we got up to top it had actually stopped raining. We took our pictures up there and watched the lighting all around us and heard the thunder. We made our way back down, and when we got back onto the trail. It was flooded. parts of the trail was flooded almost up to our waist. but it was mostly knee to ankle deep in most of the flooded sections. We laughed about it,. Finally got back to the trail head around midnight. We didn't get to fully enjoy the scenery, but we made a memory for a lifetime that is for sure.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Personally, this trail felt very claustrophobic to me. The branches and trees force you to stay tight on the trail - you can't even see beyond. The rocks and the roots and the ascent weren't half as bad. The bugs were though! I like my trails to be roomier and this was anything but.

Friday, May 13, 2016

I liked turtles, but not after this...

hiking
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I prefer the more scenic trails in this area, that typically run along the rivers (Cascade, Temperence, etc). While it's nice to say that you've been to highest point in MN, the path to get there isn't really very scenic- most of the time is spent hiking thru dense forest areas, with very few areas to stop and enjoy the wilderness around you.

hiking
Friday, August 07, 2015

Awesome trip. A challenging trail with a lot of ups and downs, but gorgeous scenery and very peaceful. I plan on coming back and doing it again with the Disappointment loop next time.

hiking
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The map of the trail is a least 10 years old and does not come out on the Fernberg Road. I was through there in 2005 and at that time the trail headed south from the parking lot south of Snowbank Lake. If you are going to charge for this serice you should stay current with your maps.
The trail is great and I'm going there in a week. I've hiked it about 6 times and I enjoy it every time.

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