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Grand Portage, Minnesota Map

Did this trail on 10.27.18 in the later afternoon. Trails were muddy and slippery, but a lovely hike it was! Wonderful variety of terrain, including some stairs and various uphill/downhill climbs. If you’re not a hiker, this may not be the trail for you; trekking poles recommended. If you’re a hiker, this trail is more long than it is challenging. We finished in about 2.5 hours. We are of average health, frequent hikers, and are in our late 20’s-early 30’s.

The hike to middle falls was tougher than expected. Only made it to the first lookout. But that view of lake superior made the hike worth it!

View is worth the whole hike! The side overlooking the isle Royale is amazing. Takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Great hike! Some narrow spots in the trail you will get wet from dew on the trees. Harder than we expected, but overall great hike and great views!

Some steep terrain but mostly moderate. Great views of Lake Superior at multiple points towards the beginning. Even better views on the scenic overlook spur, you can see Isle Royale on a clear day. The falls themselves are a good spot to stop for lunch, keep your eye out for boundary markers on the rock out croppings. The sign at the beginning of the trail advises against going in the water due to leeches and giardia which was unfortunate.

The mile trail to the summit was tough, but doable. The view at the top was well worth it!!

Amazing views. About 10 km in trails. Washrooms and snacks available.

Fun hike with a good view at the top

Nice little hike, moderate is an accurate rating. Not very challenging. Had bad luck and went on a super foggy day. Couldn’t see much.

Hiked this trail with wife and adult children on a beautiful day in May 2018. At the highest elevation there are great views of Lake Superior. The destination is the Middle Falls on the Pigeon River and it's not nearly as dramatic as the High Falls. Found a boundary marker on the US side of the river. So I guess technically we were in Canada when standing on the outcrop in the river. It took us 2 hours and 15 minutes with some rest along the way.

Amazing trail and the tough climb is totally worth the view at the top! It is of the most vast and seemingly untouched vistas of Lake Superior that I know of.

The trail is pretty steep as far as trails in the Midwest go. It's beautiful at the top, your staring at two different countries and the largest freshwater lake in the world, how can you beat that?! For less experienced hikers I would advise to just take your time, it's not that bad.

Friday, October 06, 2017

When you visit the Grand Portage National Monument you'll notice a signpost just behind the fort for the "Grand Portage" itself. This is the beginning of the actual portage the fur traders used to transport their canoes and goods between Lake Superior and the old Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River that is the border between the US and Canada.

The portage is 8.5 miles and for those willing to walk in the shoes (or moccasins) of the ancient explorers this is a nice day hike in and back from the fort at Grand Portage to the old Fort Charlotte site and back.

The hike starting at the Lake Superior fort and back will take approximately 7 hours, so its a full day hike, but if you want to make it shorter you can start at the portage crossover point on either Old Highway 61 or Cowboys Road. This will cut the hiking time considerably without losing any of the scenery or historical perspective of what the explorers went through.

The trail itself is quite wide and very well maintained. I hiked it a few days after a half inch rain and during a rain storm, so the path was quite muddy. This trail does not handle rain well so you won't enjoy this hike unless its dry, but when dry you can move quickly and easily. The footing is good and there are very few steep areas. You will not find vista views, but the forest, marsh and wildlife is abundant. I didn't see any moose, but there were a lot of footprints on the trail and the grouse were everywhere.

Once you get to the old Fort Charlotte site there are picnic tables, tent platforms and a nice canoe landing for the Pigeon River. This is a great place for lunch or a snack to take in the history and sounds of this ancient trail. I was welcomed by a group of swans that took flight when I arrived. The parks service also has a set of informative signs that take about the fort, the portage and it;s history.

I applaud the park service for keeping this trail in excellent shape. There were several places that you could see the work being done on maintaining the trail adding or fixing walkways and building steps. You really get the sense that this portage must have been extremely difficult when carrying long and large canoes and heavy packs. I hiked this in September and there were really no bugs to deal with, but I can image that bugs could be oppressive during the summer and certainly a few hundred years ago for the voyagers.

I'd recommend this hike for it's historic significance. This has been an active trail and trade routes for several hundred years or more. It's a good hike to add in with a hike to Eagle Mountain or if you're hiking sections of the Superior Hiking Trail, and if you don't want to do the whole Grand Portage start at Old Highway 61 or Cowboy Rd.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fun to do once! Long but not overly challenging. Most of the trail was SUPER muddy when we went.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Pretty overgrown, but very quiet. Steep in some parts, but not overly challenging. Fun to see some very old creepy abandoned cars on the way. The view was great, wish we would have gone earlier in the day to appreciate it longer. Bring bug spray!

on Middle Falls

Monday, August 14, 2017

The middle falls trail is roughly 5 miles long roundtrip. It's not easy by any means, and not meant for the casual hiker - small children will not do well on this hike. Hiking shoes are recommended. You will get muddy. We saw a family with 3 small kids, all in flip flops turn around after struggling to make it through. It's a lot of uphill/downhill rugged terrain through the forest; much of which is walking through tree roots, rocks and a lot of mud. It's probably one of the most rewarding hikes with the beautiful, intimate forest setting. Great deer viewing.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

It's a long trail, but not overly difficult. Every time you think you're there (hear the water), you're not even close! It provides beautiful outlooks on both the Lake Superior side and the west side over the forest.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Hiking Mt. Josephine should not be rated "moderate"; I agree w/Best North Shore's rating & description:
"This rough and challenging trail has the steepest climb—and the most dramatic view—on the North Shore.
Difficulty: difficult. Best for experienced hikers with stamina and the ability to route-find on unmaintained trails. The trail climbs 600 feet in just over a half mile—perhaps the steepest climb on the North Shore.
Trailhead facilities: none"

28 days ago

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