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Eagle Mountain

  4.7 ( 10 ) Favorite


6.7 mile 10.7 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 690' 210 m
Descent: -690' -210 m
High: 2,298' 701 m
Low: 1,760' 536 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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A difficult hike to the highest point in Minnesota, towering over Superior National Forest.

Kevin Killingbeck

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

A permit is required for this hike.


Hike to the top of Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota standing at 2301 feet above sea level.

Need to Know

Since this hike runs through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), you must have a permit. Permits can be acquired at the trailhead kiosk or a Superior National Forest Ranger Station. Be sure to put the proper paperwork in the drop box at the kiosk.

Eagle Mountain Trail is rugged with roots, rocks, and steep grades that will lead you to the highest point in Minnesota. There are also a couple low lying boardwalks that could be underwater so be prepared to potentially get your feet wet. The highest point of the summit is marked with a medallion and plaque.


Starting at the Eagle Mountain Trail parking area, fill out and/or insert your paperwork into the drop box at the kiosk at the start of the trail. As you continue north, the trail will become more rugged, as rocks and roots will add to the difficulty of the trail. Eagle Mountain Trail will fork toward the base of the mountain, continue on Eagle Mountain Trail.

Heading up the mountain, the grades increase and the trail becomes more difficult. There are multiple overlooks atop the mountain that provide spectacular views of Superior National Forests tree canopy below.

Be sure to continue to the highest point which is marked by a plaque and medallion. When you are finished being the highest person on land in Minnesota return the way you came.

History & Background

The highest point of Eagle Mountain stands at 2301 feet above sea level.

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Oct 27, 2018
Ashley Warling-Spiegel
Oct 23, 2018
Kelli Thiel
Oct 6, 2018
Jeremy St Germain
Sep 28, 2018
Valerie Ramberg
Difficult hike to top of Eagle Mtn. The 2nd boardwalk was about 6" under water. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Trail had large rocks & tree roots. 6.7mi — 3h 40m
Jul 5, 2018
Lindsay Olson
May 23, 2018
Timothy Carter
Very nice views
Aug 8, 2017
Kevin Killingbeck
Summit 7mi
Jun 5, 2017
Bruce Hope
Did it as a family hike out and back before lunch. Only steep in a few places. Great view from near the top. Surprisingly few biting bugs.

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