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Angleworm Lake Trail

HARD 12 reviews
#8 of 25 trails in

Angleworm Lake Trail is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ely, Minnesota that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,545 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail for day or weekend hike. Great rocky overlooks on both sides of angleworm lake. # of hikers can be moderate to heavy on early fall weekends to view beautiful fall colors.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great trail. Completed the loop counter-clockwise and camped for a night at the Whiskey Jack campsite. The trail was not very difficult to follow and was moderate to hard in difficulty. I will definitely hike this trail again.

backpacking
9 months ago

Awesome trail loop! My daughter and I loved crossing the beavers dam. Yes it is part of the trail and plan on getting your feet wet. Went on May 19th of 2018 and bugs were almost non existent and no ticks. Weather was perfect also. Trail could use some better signage. Totally recommend a compass and good paper map. Met two people who thought the gps on their phone would work back there but they ended up going back. Lots of ups and downs so plan on a work out. Beautiful place look forward to going back.

backpacking
Monday, September 18, 2017

It was more than just some Moderat trail it was actually pretty good

Friday, December 23, 2016

The best weekend hike in the BWCA. Check the amount of permits out the weekend you go. It's best done counter clockwise. If you get there and see cars in the lot you may want to do it in the clockwise direction. The best sites are on found going counter clockwise, which is the way most people do it. You have three choices that way.

backpacking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Just got back from a completing the loop in 3 days/2 nights. Great trail. Easily followed except for a few areas. Note that the Swamp crossing on the east side of angleworm lake is litterally a beaver dam crossing. NOT a bridge of any sort. It must have washed out or something. We took a 45 min detour because we didnt think the dam was the crossing. Beautiful trail, lots of ups and downs. Little bit of everything. In my opinion the West side of the lake was a nicer/ more scenic hike. We stayed at whiskey jack campsite and the west angleworm camp that is just across the lake from another campsite. Whiskey Jacks site was great, poor fishing, and a bit chilly due to facing north. Angleworm west was a awesome site. water was a little bit away from camp but not bad. Caught an eater northern angleworm.

backpacking
Friday, November 04, 2016

I have competed this trail 3 times and have just done a in and back for a short weekend twice. This is a trail that can be somewhat challenging with the ups and down, but the views and changes in scenery are amazing. The campsites are all very nice, if you get the chance, plan to stay at the Whisky Jack campsite. I would stay away from the one at the end of Home Lake, just because it is off the water and in the wood where the bugs are a little heavy. The trail is well worn and there is very little chance of getting off trial. On the weekends in the summer you can see a little traffic on that lake, so if you are into the solitude aspect, I would suggest going on a weekday. I will continue to go back to this trail just because it is a great hike and easily done in a weekend.

backpacking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

It was a great hike in the first week of October. Spent 2 nights there. Beautiful reflection during sunrise and sunset. We camped right on the lake. Most part pretty easy to follow the trail. Only a couple spots are a bit confusing. Overall, a great 2-3 day causal hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

This is a great weekend hike! Had fun crossing the beaver damn on the southeast side.

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