When you are ready to take a break from the canoe, there are many hiking trails to explore on the Gunflint Trail. Deep blue lakes, ethereal waterfalls, high cliffs, lush forests of pine, maple and birch, and other natural wonders await. These are just a sampling of the many hikes in and around the Gunflint Trail. Stop in for more information and guidance or give us a call (218) 260-2253 . We can also provide shuttle services to or from your hiking destinations.
Two miles down the road from the lodge is a short but steep (90-steps) 0.6 mile round-trip hike to the top of a bluff that overlooks Hungry Jack Lake and West Bearskin Lake. This is a must see and an excellent spot to watch the sunset. This hike is approximately .6 miles roundtrip.
Bridal Veil Falls
These are arguably the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls on the Gunflint Trail. You’ll start at the Crab Lake Spur Trailhead, off of Loon Lake Road past the lodge. Follow the trail along Crab Lake for about a mile to the T – go left to head north until you meet up with the BRT. After approximately 1 mile keep a lookout for a small wooden bridge over water. Cut down and follow the rapids, find a nice place to cross and trace the rapids to the falls. This hike is approximately 6+ miles roundtrip.
This is a 4 mile hike and includes hiking though some burned area from the Ham Lake fire. The destination is a 60-foot rock standing on end with strong magnetic attraction, a unique remnant of the glacial period. Bring your compass to test the magnetism. This trail is great for hiking and running, and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. This hike is approximately 4 miles roundtrip.
Caribou Rock Trail
Distance: 8+ Miles Roundtrip
The Caribou Rock trail is only 3/4 mile to an overlook of West Bearskin Lake. Continue the full 3.5 miles where it intersects with the Border Route Trail. Go west a bit to visit Rose Lake Falls. You can turn around at this point or continue on heading east along the BRT to find an old cedar grove. Connect with the Daniels Spur Trail and head south until you come out at the lodge. This is a full day hike so be prepared with a lunch. Making the loop to Clearwater is a distance of 10+ miles. This hike is approximately 8+ miles roundtrip to Rose Falls and back or 10+ miles if you continue on to Clearwater Lodge.
Mountain Lake to Clearwater Lodge via BRT
The vistas on the Border Route Trail (BRT) make it one of the most spectacular trails in the state. This hike includes a 7+ mile stretch of this trail from the Mountain Lake Portage then west along the BRT and finally cutting back to Clearwater Lodge via the Daniels Lake Spur Trail. You will need a motorboat ride from Clearwater Lodge to the Mountain Lake Trail to get started. You can easily arrange this with our lodge staff prior to, or the day of your hike. This hike is approximately 7 miles long.