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Isabella, Minnesota Map

We hiked this on 12/23/18 at night (with headlamps; very dark!) after a beautiful snowfall. It had its challenges, but well worth the view, even at night.
My 8 year old was able to hike it with no problem in the snow. Trials are well blazed.

4 months ago

Well worth it, and don't forget your camera. The elevation increases are short in duration, so it's not as exhausting as I thought it would be. The trail is in good shape, though rocky and rugged at points. In summer, pay attention to the weather. There's no cell service here, and if it starts storming you've got a long way back. In winter, the trail was surprisingly shoveled for the first part, and then turned into well-worn tracks from others. This is my favorite trail on the Gunflint. The end of the trail continues as the Border Route Trail, which I didn't do, but it appeared to be very overgrown.

Fun hike. Good views. Not too hard. Interesting history.

Awesome trail with great views! Will definitely do again!

5 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike and found it easy, rather than moderate, and I would not consider myself in great physical shape. Took my 15 yo daughter and I about 1.5 hours, primarily because we picked (and ate!) blueberries at the beginning part of the trail. The trail can be unprotected and open at points, as well as rocky, lots of roots in spots to navigate for footing. Trail can be narrow through the woods but beautiful sweeping views on the way to the rock. Bring a magnet! I enjoyed the solitude too, as there were not many people to share trail with. You don’t need a map to do it but if continuing on the BRT, get one!

The damage from severe weather a year prior is still apparent. The trail is extremely rough due to this and I do not suggest trying unless you are an expert hiker. A friend and me tried this hike and got half way and could not continue due to harsh terrain.

Excellent trail and one that I found surprisingly challenging. Be prepared for plenty of bugs and rugged terrain. Beautiful and secluded.

This trail has been re opened during the summer of 2017. contact the US Forest service Kawishiwi District in Ely for current conditions.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Nice walk only one tree across trail just before rock

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lots of trails to take, with differing intensities. Trails are well marked with abundant, clear markers. The high ridge trail was my favorite, though moderately steep and rocky, with amazing views at the summit and a great picnic spot with views of Canada.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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!

Monday, August 28, 2017




While canoeing Disappointment Lake we came across 5 lost hikers that were walking in the lake along the shoreline; we ended up transporting them and their kit to a portage/(Little part) of the trail that still exists. Turns out they tried hiking this trail, got lost in the blowdown, and then made the decision try and find their way out in the lake as compared to fighting the woods on a trail that is buried..

Everyone in the group was drenched, it had been raining the past 36 hours, lucky for them the temps were in the low 60's... Still a recipe for disaster..

Giving a 1 star because there is not a skull and crossbones..

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Saw a pink lady slipper, and other wild flowers. The monolithic magnetic rock does indeed mess with a compass needle. Nice views along the way too. Good family hike!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Check the local postings about this one! There was a windstorm in July, and this trail is not yet fully clear. We hiked as far as we could (probably only about 2 miles in and back round trip) since we were there. This and the other nearby trail are not well groomed--we could tell the the often narrow trail isn't heavily used. We wouldn't recommend it in low light even when clear of the tree debris. We will try again, though, when the downed trees are removed and hopefully augment our review! Gorgeous area.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Delicious blueberries, a babbling brook, some beautiful nature and a giant rock that will mess with your compass. Can't ask for more than that out of less than a 3 mile round trip hike!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Easy, quick hike, interesting topography through an area burned by recent forest fires. The views, magnetic rock and wild blue berries (at the right time) make it worthwhile.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Awesome trip. A challenging trail with a lot of ups and downs, but gorgeous scenery and very peaceful. I plan on coming back and doing it again with the Disappointment loop next time.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The map of the trail is a least 10 years old and does not come out on the Fernberg Road. I was through there in 2005 and at that time the trail headed south from the parking lot south of Snowbank Lake. If you are going to charge for this serice you should stay current with your maps.
The trail is great and I'm going there in a week. I've hiked it about 6 times and I enjoy it every time.

Monday, December 15, 2014

This is an amazing Minnesota hike. Probably the only thing it's missing is a good climb. The landscape is amazing and there are exceptional views on every step. Not too strenuous either. Well worth the travel up the trail.

Monday, December 15, 2014

One of my top five Minnesota hikes

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Combined this loop with portions of the Disappointment Lake loop to the east for a 27 mile 3-day remote and challenging backpacking trip with a couple companions. Again, the trail is beautiful, especially the northern and north-eastern portions with great overlooks of Snowbank Lake from high granite ridges. However, since I was here 4 years ago, the trail has become much more overgrown (whether due to a very wet spring this year, or lack of maintenance, I don't know), making navigation difficult and unclear at times, and footing somewhat treacherous (being often unable to see your footfalls). The portions on the Kekekabic and Disappointment trails were not nearly so overgrown. The water level was high, making most beaver dam and creek crossings challenging and many places mucky. Still well worth doing if you like a challenging and remote hike in the BWCA area (we didn't see another body the whole trip).

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A great loop hike around Snowbank Lake in the BWCA. The trail is mostly wooded, both old growth and newer clearcut scrub, and can be challenging navigation at times, crossing creeks, beaver damns, and bare granite ridges where cairns are absolutely necessary. Signage is minimal. The high ridges give great views of the lake. Camping sites are spread out but in great shape with fire grates, pit toilets and most with great views of and easy access to the lake for water. Traffic is non-existant due to remote location, but Snowbank is one of the few motorized lakes in the BWCA, so an occasional boat motor is heard.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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