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Eagle Mountain (Minnesota)

Coordinates: 47°53′51″N 90°33′36″W / 47.8973909°N 90.5601105°W / 47.8973909; -90.5601105
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Eagle Mountain
The 2,301-foot Eagle Mountain, seen across Whale Lake. July 2014.
Highest point
Elevation2,301 ft (701 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence1,321 ft (403 m)[1]
ListingU.S. state high point 37th
Coordinates47°53′51″N 90°33′36″W / 47.8973909°N 90.5601105°W / 47.8973909; -90.5601105[2]
Eagle Mountain is located in Minnesota
Eagle Mountain
Eagle Mountain
Parent rangeMisquah Hills
Topo mapUSGS Eagle Mountain
Easiest routeMaintained hiking trail

Eagle Mountain is the highest natural point in Minnesota, United States, at 2,301 feet (701 m). It is in northern Cook County in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior National Forest in the Misquah Hills, northwest of Grand Marais. It is a Minnesota State Historic Site.[3]

Eagle Mountain is only about 15 miles (24 km) from Minnesota's lowest elevation, Lake Superior, at 600 feet (183 m).[4] It is part of the Canadian Shield. There is also another much shorter peak also named Eagle Mountain in northern Minnesota. The shorter peak is part of the Lutsen Mountains ski resort.


The hike to the summit can be made in about two and a half hours. The distance to the peak is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) with an elevation gain of 550 feet (168 m). The trail is rocky and moderately strenuous. Whale Lake is about halfway along the trail and offers two campsites to hikers. The peak of the mountain is marked with a plaque.

Permits are required because portions of this hike enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Self-issued permits are available at any Superior National Forest ranger station or at the trailhead. Instructions and the permit can usually be found at the trailhead kiosk.[5]

Among the highest natural points (highpoints) in each U.S. state, Eagle Mountain ranks 37th.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Eagle Mountain, Minnesota". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  2. ^ "Eagle Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ "Minnesota Statute § 138.57, subd. 3". Minnesota Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  4. ^ "Great Lakes Atlas: Factsheet #1". United States Environmental Protection Agency. April 11, 2011. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  5. ^ "Eagle Mountain Trail". USDA Forest Service. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  6. ^ "Map and List of U.S. State Highpoints". The Peak Seeker. Retrieved 2016-02-16.

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