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Oberg Mountain Hike

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

One of the most popular hiking spots on the North Shore, Oberg Mountain Trail is not to be missed. It offers spectacular views of Lake Superior as well as of Oberg Lake and Moose Mountain. During peak fall colors, it can be a busy trail, but this time of year, it wasn’t too busy even on a Saturday afternoon.

This weekend we had friends visiting in the Lutsen/Tofte area, so we decided to bring them on this 3 mile hike. We were all excited for the afternoon hike, but none as excited as our 3 month old chocolate lab puppy. I hadn’t done this trail before (or at least not since childhood), so I was looking forward to seeing the views everyone talks about. I can now say that you won’t be disappointed. The first part of the hike is the ascent up the mountain, but not to worry, it is a moderate climb and the trail is in good condition. Once you reach the top, there is a loop around the top that provides all the vantage points. There are multiple overlooks during the hike and each offers a different but brilliant view of the area. These pictures don’t do it justice, but at least gives you a taste.

If you’d like to check out this hike during your next visit, it isn’t hard to find. Between Tofte and Lutsen on Highway 61, you turn onto Forest Road 336 (Onion River Road), which is just NE of the Onion River Wayside. Once on the Onion River Road, it is about 2 miles to the parking lot, which is well-marked and off to the left. Park and then head back towards the road to join the Oberg Mountain trail. Or, you may also access the LeVeaux Mountain trail (3 mile loop) from the same parking lot. For more information, visit the Superior National Forest site.

– Maren

View from the top of Oberg Mountain

 

Oberg Lake with a few tamaracks in color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hiking to the High Point of MN – Eagle Mountain

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Did you know that the highest point in Minnesota  is located in Cook County? Eagle Mountain is our highest peak, at 2,301 feet. It is located within the BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness), but the trail head is only 20 miles from Grand Marais.

This past weekend we decided to take the 7 mile (round-trip) hike. You don’t need to get a permit ahead of time if you are doing a day hike; just be sure to fill out the self-issuing permit at the trail head/parking lot. It is a more difficult hike in that there are steep grades and rocky portions, but we didn’t find it overly strenuous as regular hikers. I would recommend going prepared, with good footwear and basic day-hike supplies. The first part of the hike is quite level and after three boardwalks, you’ll find yourself at Whale Lake. From there, the trail becomes quite steep for the remainder. There are a few good lookout spots on your way up, so you can enjoy spectacular views while you take a breather.

Another interesting part of this hike is that you may run into a “High Pointer.” These are enthusiasts that go around the country, visiting the high point of each state. We met one at the top from New York City! This was his 38th high point. I’m not sure that I’ll make it to all 50 states to visit the high points, but it’s pretty cool that Minnesota’s is practically in our backyard.

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike and would definitely do it again. The colors were just starting to come when we went this weekend, so in the next few weeks this hike will be even better!

-Maren

View from Eagle Mountain

 

Plaque at the top of Eagle Mountain

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