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Join us for a Backpacker Magazine National Summit Day Hike to Eagle Mountain which at all of 2,301 feet is the highest point in Minnesota.
We’ll plan on driving up to one of the USFS camp grounds close to the Eagle Mountain trailhead on Friday, spot a car or two at Brule Lake on Saturday morning followed by the hike in on the Eagle Man trail arriving at the summit for lunch leaving us to continue on to Brule Lake in the afternoon. We’ll then drive into Grand Marais for dinner. We’ll pack up our camp on Sunday morning, drive up the Gunflint Trail to Trail Center for brunch and then spot a car at the South Lake Trail head and do a day hike on the Moss Lake Trail before heading back to the Cities. More details will be available by mid-July.
The relevant connection to the BRT is that this is where the MN Rovers Trails Program began on Memorial Day Weekend 1971 when after first getting permission from the USFS, we re-opened the hiking trail from the base of Eagle Man NE to Brule Lake. Once we finished that we asked the FS if there was anything else that we could do and they said that they had plans for a trail that would follow the border lakes from Gunflint through to McFarland and then double back to East Bearskin. We drew lines on USGS maps and compared our lines to theirs and they gave us permission to go ahead. We began what became the Border Route Trail in the spring of 1972 and completed it through to Ft. Charlotte where it connected with the Grand Portage Trail eight years and some 73 miles later. (Both the sections of the SHT and the BRT that crossed the Grand Portage reservation were later abandoned and the BRTA built new trail north to a junction with the BRT at the Otter Lk Rd crossing of the Swamp River.
This event is also posted on the Twin Cities Hiking MU Grp.