Minnesota Hiking Trails

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There are many wonderful hiking opportunities within a short drive of Crane Lake. These trails vary in length and difficulty, so find one that best suits you from the chart below. Before you go, prepare! Tell someone where you are going, wear the proper footwear, bring insect repellant, rain gear, water and snacks, and also your binoculars. It is a good idea to take a picture of the map at the trailhead to help you navigate your way during the hike. Finally, remember to be respectful of wildlife and Leave No Trace.  You will find the links in this chart very helpful.
Enjoy the Trails!


Trail/Destination   Trail Length Location Comments Link
Vermilion Gorge   1.5 m one-way Across from Voyagaire Lodge scenic overlooks, interpretive signs USDA Forest Service
Vermilion Portage   0.75 m one-way Across river by the Gorge boat needed to access VisitCraneLake
Vermilion Falls   0.5 m along river 5 miles down FR 491 picnic area, toilet, observation deck USDA Forest Service
Grouse Trail   3 mile loop 0.25 miles down the Nelson Road (on L) on link choose St Louis County, Crane Lake Minnesota DNR
Herriman Trail   13 miles of loops 2miles down the Nelson Road (on R) picnic area 0.4 miles in along Echo River USDA Forest Service
Echo Lake Campground   1 mile loop 1 mile down the Echo Trail (on L) trail within the campgrounds, latrine USDA Forest Service
Echo Lake Trail System   13 miles of loops 2 miles down the Echo Trail (on R) two trailheads for parking USDA Forest Service
Astrid Lake Trail   7 miles, 4 lakes 12 miles down the Echo Trail at Lake Jeanette Campground, FR 200 USDA Forest Service
Norway Trail   8 miles one-way 13 miles down the Echo Trail turn right on FR 471, two trailheads USDA Forest Service
Sioux Hustler Trail   35 mile loop 17 miles down the Echo Trail BWCA permit required, campsites USDA Forest Service
Big Moose Trail   2.5 miles one-way 25 miles down the Echo Trail turn right on FR 464, self-issue permit USDA Forest Service
Franklin Lake ATV Trail   1 mile one-way 9 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203 great birding destination USDA Forest Service
Bug Creek Trail   2 mile loop 15 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203 scenic overlook of Elephant Creek USDA Forest Service
Hunter Walking Trails   extensive near Elephant Lake view DNR maps, bring a compass Minnesota DNR
Orr Bog Walk   0.5 mile boardwalk 26 miles to Orr, L on Hwy 53 behind the Tourist Info Center, toilets Orr Pelican Lake Assoc.