BWCA Hiking Trails

Alphabetical List of BWCA Hiking Trails

BWCA TRAILS

Angleworm Lake Trail - 15% of this trail is now online (older video, will update soon)
A 12 mile long loop trail. Located 17 miles west of Ely along the Echo Trail. This is BWCA Entry Point 21 - Angleworm Lake Trail

Benezie-Becoosin Loop Trail
This is a loop trail (1.5 miles) that can be added onto the Snowbank Lake Trail and/or the Kekekabic Trail. Rugged often difficult to follow.

Big Moose Lake Trail - 100% of this trail is now online in both directions
The one-way trail distance is 2.1 miles from the trailhead to Big Moose Lake.

Border Route Trail
A 65 mile long trail that begins at the north terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail on the east and ends at the eastern terminus of the Kekekabic Trail on the west on the Gunflint Trail. Many access trails provide access to the Border Route Trail allowing for a nice assortment of day trips and short weekend hikes for those who don't have time to through hike the trail. The Border Route Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Brule Lake Trail - 100% of this trail is now online in both directions
A fairly rugged and not frequently traveled 6.7 mile long trail that runs from Brule Lake to the junction with the Eagle Mountain Trail in the BWCA. It is possible to through hike, point-to-point, both the Eagle Mountain Trail and the Brule Lake Trail.

Caribou Rock Trail
A 3.9 mile trail that extends from the Gunflint Trail to its junction with the Border Route Trail.

Centennial Trail
This is a 3.3 mile interpretive loop trail. The north side of this loop follows the Kekekabic Trail for about a mile. Trail provides views of historic Paulsen Mine and provides some spectacular views near where the old trestle bridge used to stand. Accessible from the Gunflint Trail.

Crab Lake Trail
A spur trail that provides access to the Border Route Trail. It is 2.4 miles from the parking lot to the junction with the BRT.

Daniels Lake Trail
Beginning near Clearwater Lake Lodge, the trail traverses 3 miles before joining up with the Border Route Trail.

Eagle Mountain Trail - 100% of this trail is online
A heavily visited trail of 3.5 miles that takes you to the highest point in Minnesota - Eagle Mountain. Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet high and the highest point for over 500 miles in any direction. This trail also connects to the Brule Lake Trail. The trails can be combined into a through hike, point-to-point.

Kekekabic Trail - 1% of this trail is now online
This is a 38 mile long, very remote and rugged trail that connects the west end of the Border Route Trail (where they meet at the Gunflint Trail - a road) to Snowbank Lake. The Kekekabic Trail also connects to the Snowbank Lake Trail and the Old Pines Trail. The Kekekabic Trail is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Magnetic Rock Trail
From the Gunflint Trail it is about a 1.5 mile hike to Magnetic Rock. Therefore this is roughly a 3 mile out and back hike. The Magnetic Rock Trail is just the western most 1.5 miles of the Border Route Trail. The Kekekabic Trail and the Centennial Trail trailhead is also nearby, just a few hundred feet down the Gunflint Trail on the other side of the road.

Morgan Lake Trail - 100% of this trail is now online in both directions
This is also the portage from BWCA Entry Point 45 to Morgan Lake. The trail/portage is about 370 rods long (just over a mile).

Moss Lake Trail
This is a new trail that completed a key link in a loop linking the Caribou Rock Trail, the South Lake Trail and the Border Route Trail. You can now make a 13.8 mile or 16 mile loop out of these three trails.

Mucker Lake Trail (aka Mayhew Lake Access Trail)
A 6 mile long roundtrip out to Mucker Lake. This trail intersects the Border Route Trail near to South Lake.

Old Pines Trail
A very difficult trail to follow. The trail is about 15.5 miles long. Connects to the Kekekabic Trail and the Snowbank Lake Trail.

Powwow Trail - 9% of this trail is now online
This trail was extensively damaged by the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. The entire trail is 29.9 miles, from the trailhead, around the loop (24.5 miles) and then back to the trailhead. The "stick" section of the trail is 2.7 miles in each direction between the trailhead parking lot and "The Wye". Trail clearing volunteers (Thank you!) have re-opened the entire trail.

Sioux-Hustler Trail
A 32 mile long loop trail located along the Echo Trail. For a good full day hike, it is about 6 miles (one-way) from the trailhead to Devil's Cascade, a 75 foot gorge with a rushing waterfall. Near Devil's Cascade the trail splits and creates a loop trail returning to this spot. The loop is 20 miles. The out-and-back to Devil's Cascade is about 12 miles.

Snowbank Lake Trail - 5% of this trail is now online
This trail forms a 24 mile loop around Snowbank Lake. The trail connects the the Old Pines Trail and the Kekekabic Trail. Note that much of this trail was damaged by the 2016 windstorm and as of 2018 long stretches of this loop trail have not yet been cleared.

Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) - this link opens a different website in a new window
A 310 mile virtual hike along this trail. (Note: This link takes you to another website.) The SHT is not in the BWCA, but it is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST). The NCNST includes the Kekekabic Trail and the Border Route Trail.

South Lake Trail
About 7 miles round trip. Trailhead off the Gunflint Trail. Trail goes generally north 3.5 miles until it reaches South Lake. Intersects the Border Route Trail in this area. This is BWCA Entry Point 59.

The Grand Portage - 100% of this trail is now online in both directions
This trail is not in the BWCA, but it is historically significant to the BWCA as it was the portage along the Pigeon River that provided access to the interior lakes from Lake Superior. It's been used for hundreds of years. First by the Native Americans and then by the voyageurs during the fur trade era. Part of Grand Portage National Monument which is run by the National Park Service.

 
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