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

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This trail is very short and about 27 miles down the Gunflint Trail but totally worth it if you have the time. Beautiful views and to make the time getting to it worth it plan a little picnic for the top. Great flat rocks to sit on. It’s a bit of an up with the stairs so keep that in mind but pretty accessible otherwise.

A beautiful well groomed trail and amazing scenery. Worked well for adults and kids ages 2-5.

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.

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4 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.

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4 months ago

Nice walk only one tree across trail just before rock

This was an awesome hike for winter, if you walked inside the actual gorge. The river is mostly frozen over and provides a completely different kind of hike. It wasn’t a hard hike, but wasn’t for the faint of heart as sometimes as you could see the water flowing under the ice. Wearing ice cleats helped a lot too.

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7 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.

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7 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!

I love this trail! the terrain changes alot and I love the rolling hills surrounding you. the rock is a lot bigger than I thought too!! beautiful during the fall!

It's a short hike but it's so beautiful! we went in the fall which made it that much more breathtaking!

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8 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

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9 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.

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9 months ago

Nice views.

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9 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.

Easy and beautiful. I need to bring my Chacos next time, definitely wished I could have hiked in the gorge/river.

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.

Pincushion Overlook is breathtaking.

10 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.

Short steep hike. Worth it for the views at the top

Nice trail, with some cool areas around the river.

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10 months ago

So beautiful so see Minnesota's "Stonehenge". Blueberries EVERYWHERE!!!!! Trail is quite rugged - takes about an hour to get from road to rock.

Nice quick hike for families with kids. Not many river views, but can always hear water, which is nice. Well maintained trail.

Great Hike, went with my family ages ranged from 3-57 all really enjoyed it. Make sure you take the little offshoot trails down to the river they are awesome!

I'd recommend going straight to Pincushion overlook. We did most of the cross country ski trail, and it gets a bit redundant. The pincushion overlook is amazing though, and the cross country ski trails were great with the dogs, just won't do them as long next time :).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

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