Best Minnesota Hiking Trails

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 bug. spray, 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!

Crane Lake Hiking Trails


Trail Length




Vermilion Gorge

1.5 m one-way

Across from Voyagaire Lodge

Scenic overlooks, interpretive signs

Vermilion Portage

0.75 m one-way

Across river by the Gorge

Boat needed to access


Vermilion Falls

0.5 m along river

5 miles down FR 491

Picnic area, toilet, observation deck

Grouse Trail

3 mile loop

0.25 miles down the Nelson Road (on L)

On link choose St Louis County, Crane Lake

Herriman Trail

13 miles of loops

2 miles down the Nelson Road (on R)

Picnic area 0.4 miles in along Echo River

Echo Lake Campground

1 mile loop

1 mile down the Echo Trail (on L)

Trail within the campgrounds, latrine

Echo Lake Trail System

13 miles of loops

2 miles down the Echo Trail (on R)

Two trailheads for parking

Astrid Lake Trail

7 miles, 4 lakes

12 miles down the Echo Trail

At Lake Jeanette Campground, FR 200

Norway Trail

8 miles one-way

13 miles down the Echo Trail

Turn right on FR 471, two trailheads

Sioux Hustler Trail

35 mile loop

17 miles down the Echo Trail

BWCA permit required, campsites

Big Moose Trail

2.5 miles one-way

25 miles down the Echo Trail

Turn right on FR 464, self-issue permit

Franklin Lake ATV Trail

1 mile one-way

9 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203

Great birding destination

Bug Creek Trail

2 mile loop

15 miles down FR 491, L on FR 203

Scenic overlook of Elephant Creek

Hunter Walking Trails


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

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