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A great out and back to acess Bridal Falls by way of the Crab Lake Trail and the Border Route Trail.


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Map Key

6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Out and Back

1,796' 548 m

High

1,707' 520 m

Low

205' 62 m

Up

205' 63 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This rugged route brings visitors to one of the hidden gems that can be found along the Border Route Trail. This short route leads to a scenic waterfall.

Description

Drive to the primitive boat landing at the end of Loon Lake. Park in the designated area and head up the little hill to the signs and follow the easily found trail, Crab Lake Trail of the Border Route Trail. Near the eastern end end of Loon Lake, you'll find the Blow Down of June 2016. It is passable with a few overs and unders and arounds, and this adds to the adventurous feel of the trail. The trail continues to Crab Lake with similar conditions, and eventually comes to a T where the trails lead east and west to the Border Route Trail. This is technically the end of this spur trail, but it doesn't have to be the end of your adventure.

Take the left branch and continue on a rocky, wet and muddy trail for a short way. Soon you'll join the BRT. At the sign, turn left again up and around to the high ground, enjoy the views of Canada and Gunflint Lake. Continue until you hear the falls and come to a fabulous bridge. Stay right and follow the steep trail down to the base of the falls. As always, depending on rainfall, your view may vary.

Flora & Fauna

I was late for the blueberries on the high ground.

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View of part of the trail
Sep 2, 2019 near Grand M…, MN
Gunflint Lake.
Sep 30, 2016 near Grand M…, MN
Bridal Falls.
Sep 19, 2016 near Grand M…, MN

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Sep 20, 2021
Private User
Aug 23, 2020
Emer Gunter
Sep 8, 2019
Sydney Ward
Excellent rugged trail with great lake views. Pants and enclosed shoes highly recommended. 6.7mi — 3h 00m
Jun 1, 2019
Adam Wireman-Sobba
4mi — 2h 11m
Jun 1, 2019
Dana Johnson
Aug 16, 2018
Melissa Skeate Oberg
Great day trip! Started at Loon Lake Lodge and portaged into Crab Lake — 4h 30m
Jul 19, 2018
Camen Andrews
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