Bass and Dry Lake Loop

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Bass and Dry Lake Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ely, Minnesota that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles
511 feet

dogs on leash


trail running

bird watching





8 months ago

Nice family hike with great views of the lakes, pines and Forrest

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

my first official trail. we did it in the winter. clearly defined due to snow tracks. suggest ice cleats for your shoes/boots in winter. great scenery. want to do this again in summer.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

This started and ended a great hike, however you will notice we had some troubles near the area we ate our lunch. The trail was lost and we could either go up or down. According to the map on All Trails we went down toward the water and almost turned back as we could no longer stay on the route. We turned around frustrated and then noticed up above were some fallen trees that covered the trail. The rangers have not cleared the path lately. This was tough and I would guess some have lost their way at this area. I am a seasoned hiker, this was tricky. Be careful if you decide to go all the way around dry lake especially on the west side of Dry Lake. For intermediate hikers not beginners. Roots, rocks, mud, slabs of rock, trees fallen. We did see 2 deer, gardener snake, chipmunks and birds.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Completed the bass lake loop with my 68yr old father. Took our time but loved the hike!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Excellent trail with a variety of flora. Good vantage points throughout. We took the outer route which was just over 6 miles...just under 3 hours. Easy to follow but challenging enough to keep us interested. We plan on doing it again on our next trip to the north shore area!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great variety of terrain and scenery.

Monday, June 12, 2017

nice trail. went counter clockwise around bass lake and cut back through dry falls.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Great trail with good mix of terrain. Hiked the Dry lake loop with the pup. Lots of blow downs but well maintained.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This is an excellent hike, one of the best in the area. Its closer to 6.2 miles.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wonderful hike! We didn't have much time and so hiked to Dry Falls, enjoying the views along the way. We saw loads of birds, and we enjoyed the trail itself with the moderately challenging terrain and forest setting. My husband actually said that this was his favorite trail in Minnesota!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A perfect trail run followed by swim at the falls! Big storm in late July but all clear now thanks to the forest service.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Great trail with nice views. Nice stop along the trail with waterfalls and a stream to relax and cool off.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

We hike to Dry Falls every year with kids from 1-10. It is challenging and fun. Bring snacks and swim suits!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Moderately difficult climbing in certain areas, but our 10 year old breezed through it. Save yourself daylight to get back!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nice trail. Not as well marked as I expected so don't go late in the day and risk it getting dark. Rocky terrain and the lake is really beautiful.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Very fun and relaxing hike. Be careful to not do this in the dark if you aren't familiar.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I completed this with my 11 year old daughter leading the way and we thought it was exceptional. The trail is narrow and at times hard to follow which added to the experience. The views are amazing from many different altitudes. Did I mention the waterfall? We loved this trail and at about 4 hours to complete found the challenge quiet exciting.

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