Eagle Mountain – Grand Marais, Minnesota - Atlas Obscura

Eagle Mountain

Minnesota's highest point is a scenic vista marked by a plaque and armies of mosquitoes. 


In the dense forests of northeastern Minnesota, Eagle Mountain stands above the entire state at 2,301 feet above sea level. A plaque, spectacular views, many lakes, and frequent mosquito attacks await climbers.

The 3.5 mile trail to the high point runs through Superior National Forest and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. While hiking be prepared for attacks by Minnesota’s unofficial state bird, the mosquito. The trail runs alongside Whale Lake before heading upward to the summit. The highest point is an exposed rock with a large plaque embedded in it. Next to the summit is a wide vista, looking out to the expansive forests and various lakes, emblematic of northern Minnesota’s wide wilderness.

Know Before You Go

From Route 61 in Lutsen, MN, go northeast and turn left on County Road 4 - Caribou Trail. Follow 4 for 17.7 miles until its intersection with County Road 153 - The Grade. Turn right and follow 153 for 3.8 miles and turn left on Ball Club Road. Follow this road to the trailhead and parking area. Hike 3.5 miles to the peak.

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