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 LengthLocationCommentsLink
Vermilion Gorge 1.5 m one-wayAcross from Voyagaire Lodgescenic overlooks, interpretive signsUSDA Forest Service
Vermilion Portage 0.75 m one-wayAcross river by the Gorgeboat needed to accessVisitCraneLake
Vermilion Falls 0.5 m along river5 miles down FR 491picnic area, toilet, observation deckUSDA Forest Service
Grouse Trail 3 mile loop0.25 miles down the Nelson Road (on L)on link choose St Louis County, Crane LakeMinnesota DNR
Herriman Trail 13 miles of loops2miles down the Nelson Road (on R)picnic area 0.4 miles in along Echo RiverUSDA Forest Service
Echo Lake Campground 1 mile loop1 mile down the Echo Trail (on L)trail within the campgrounds, latrineUSDA Forest Service
Echo Lake Trail System 13 miles of loops2 miles down the Echo Trail (on R)two trailheads for parkingUSDA Forest Service
Astrid Lake Trail 7 miles, 4 lakes12 miles down the Echo Trailat Lake Jeanette Campground, FR 200USDA Forest Service
Norway Trail 8 miles one-way13 miles down the Echo Trailturn right on FR 471, two trailheadsUSDA Forest Service
Sioux Hustler Trail 35 mile loop17 miles down the Echo TrailBWCA permit required, campsitesUSDA Forest Service
Big Moose Trail 2.5 miles one-way25 miles down the Echo Trailturn right on FR 464, self-issue permitUSDA Forest Service
Franklin Lake ATV Trail 1 mile one-way9 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203great birding destinationUSDA Forest Service
Bug Creek Trail 2 mile loop15 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203scenic overlook of Elephant CreekUSDA Forest Service
Hunter Walking Trails extensivenear Elephant Lakeview DNR maps, bring a compassMinnesota DNR
Orr Bog Walk 0.5 mile boardwalk26 miles to Orr, L on Hwy 53behind the Tourist Info Center, toiletsOrr Pelican Lake Assoc.