Minnesota: Eagle Mountain (2,301ft)
Eagle Mountain is the highest natural point in Minnesota, at 2,301 feet (701 m). It is located in northern Cook County and is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior National Forest in the Misquah Hills, northwest of the community of Grand Marais. It is a Minnesota State Historic Site.
Eagle Mountain is only about 15 miles (24 km) from Minnesota's lowest elevation, Lake Superior, at 600 feet (183 m). It is part of the Canadian Shield. Confusingly, there is another, much shorter, peak named Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota. The shorter peak is part of the Lutsen Mountains ski resort.
The hike to the summit can be made in about two and a half hours. The distance to the peak is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) with an elevation gain of 550 feet (168 m). The trail is rocky and moderately strenuous. Whale Lake is located about halfway along the trail and offers two campsites to hikers. The peak of the mountain is marked with a plaque. As the peak is located in a national wilderness area, a permit is required. Self-issued permits are available at any Superior National Forest ranger station or at the trailhead.
Trip Leader: Shannon McKay (934/AW)
Nearest Base: Duluth ANG Base and Minneapolis-St.Paul Air Reserve Station
Projected Date: Oct 13, 2014
Difficulty: Moderate (7mi RT)
All trip updates and progress will be posted in the blog below