Explore the most popular trails near Big Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Big Lake, Minnesota Map

Great open trail surrounded by pine trees and lots of greenery!

trail running
4 months ago

Super gorgeous but tons of deer flies currently!

7 months ago

We took this trail… Wait, what trail? My sister-in-law, myself, and my four-year-old nephew decided to take this trail because of the nice reviews and simplicity the description stated. Let’s fast-forward one hour into it…
We didn’t know if we’d make it home that day, after the carcass we stumbled upon, the thousands of thorns scraping our skin, and the complete exhaustion and panic of not finding the trail that supposed to be guiding us, we just hope those who decide to take this path of death think twice or make sure the Park service has combed the trail they say exists here. There were no trail markers, all of a sudden we were in the middle of nowhere only to struggle to find our way home on 17% cell battery.

11 months ago

Nice simple hike through the woods. You’re better off entering from the East then hiking in from a parking spot then going clockwise around the lake. Look to follow the animal trails. Some billy goating closer to the water is necessary to avoid thorns which are also closer to the water. Beautiful pines everywhere!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Had a lot of fun at Sand Dunes when I went last summer with a friend. Parked on one side of the forest and started hiking around, conveniently passing Ann Lake along the way which is a nice, small, and relatively quiet little beach to swim in. After swimming we continued our hike with an adventure to find the car. Luckily we got right to it, but the maps are a little hard to read, so I would recommend taking a worthy note of where you parked before you venture out.
Overall a very fun trip, I don't think we ran into anyone else along the hiking trails until we got closer to Ann Lake because the trail is large and there are multiple routes to take through it.

Saturday, April 16, 2016