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Best trails in Ely

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Looking for a great trail near Ely, Minnesota? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Bear Head Lake State Park or Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Semer Park. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Ely ranging from 3.1 to 46.4 miles and from 1,315 to 1,653 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ely
Top trails (20)
#1 - Bass and Dry Lake Loop
Superior National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
#2 - Angleworm Lake Trail
Superior National Forest
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 6 h 14 m
#3 - Norberg Lake Loop
Bear Head Lake State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Note: During winter, this trail groomed for classic cross country skiing thus, it is only accessible to skiers during the winter months. It is unlawful to walk, snowshoe, or bring a pet on the groomed ski trails.Show more
#4 - Blackstone, Secret and Ennis Lakes
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#5 - Norberg Lake Short Loop Trail
Bear Head Lake State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 30 m
Note: During winter, this trail groomed for classic cross country skiing thus, it is only accessible to skiers during the winter months. It is unlawful to walk, snowshoe, or bring a pet on the groomed ski trails.Show more
#6 - Snowbank Trail
Superior National Forest
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Length: 27.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Please note this trail is only accessible by foot or by boat. Due to severe storm damage, this backcountry trail is limited in usage and should only be tackled by experienced hikers.Show more
#7 - BWCAW Paddle: Fall Lake Campground to Moose Lake
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 46.4 mi
#8 - Secret Lake Loop
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
#9 - Big Island Trail
Semer Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
#10 - Kawishiwi Falls
Superior National Forest
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 23 m
Popular and easy walk to a waterfall and lake. Path forks about halfway to the falls, there are signs indicating that the loop is one-way and asks you to take the right fork as you approach the falls. Parking lot has porta-pottys. The trail can be used as a portage to access Fall Lake, and continue on into the BWCA from there.Show more
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