Entry Point 78 - Brule Lake Trail
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Entry Point: Brule Lake Trail #78 Last Visited: August 22, 2015
Maps: Fisher F-6; McKenzie #21 or #3 Daily Quota: N/A
Fire History:
Nearest Ranger Station: Tofte Ranger Station, Tofte, MN along Hwy. 61 on the North Shore
Portage Length from Parking Lot: About 80 rods down the Brule Lake Road Restroom at Entry Point: Yes. Same parking lot as Brule Lake entry point #41

Entry Point 78 - Brule Lake Trail

Tofte Ranger District

In Lutsen, turn off of Minnesota Highway 61 onto County 4 (Caribou Trail). Follow the Caribou Trail for 17 miles (first 7 miles are paved) until you reach The Grade (a.k.a. Forest Road 153). Take a left here and go 1.5 miles west to Brule Lake Road (Forest road 326). Turn right. It is 5 miles to the Brule Lake Trail entry point (4 miles to the Homer Lake entry point).

Once you get your gear unloaded from the car or truck, you have to walk about a quarter-mile (roughly 80 rods) back down the Brule Lake Road to the start of the trail. You passed the trail when driving to the parking lot. It is well marked with a sign. There is a permit box here if you are day hiking. The trail is obvious and appeared easy to follow on this end. Checking this trail on the far end (near the connection to the Eagle Mountain Trail), it was not easy to follow. The trail is 6.7 miles long. The other end connects to the Eagle Mountain Trail near Whale Lake. It is another 2.8 miles from the intersection of the two trails to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead. You can also hike to the highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain. Take the other trail that leads strongly uphill from the above mentioned intersection. Excellent views from near the summit. A large boulder with a plaque marks the true summit, which is back in the woods a bit. There is no view of the surrounding area from the true summit of Eagle Mountain.

Exploring the Entry Point

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Brule Lake Trail 1
The parking lot for the Brule Lake Trail. Brule Lake is in the background. The paddlers using the Brule Lake entry point also use this parking lot.


Brule Lake Trail 2
The usual bulletin board. Brule Lake Trail has its own bulletin board; different from the Brule Lake entry point bulletin board.


Brule Lake Trail 3
Some reading material.


Brule Lake Trail 4
The sign marking the trailhead for the Brule Lake Trail. This is about 80 rods (1/4 mile) from the parking lot down the road you drove in on.


Brule Lake Trail 5
The permit box and mileage sign. The trail leads off into the woods. It is 9.5 miles to the Eagle Mountain Trailhead, of which 6.7 miles are on this trail (Brule Lake Trail). From the intersection of the two trails, follow the Eagle Mountain Trail 2.8 miles to its trailhead and parking lot.

Now that you've reached the trailhead, start hiking the: BRULE LAKE TRAIL

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