Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 1998-05-21

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 21, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Elevation:2301 ft / 701 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got an early start and drove a couple-dozen miles along dirt road to the Eagle Mountain trailhead, arriving at 6:30 a.m. with the sun already high in the sky. I was the only person here. Previous reports had mentioned the area swarms with mosquitoes, and sure enough, they were everywhere. I came prepared: I dressed up in long pants, long sleeves, gloves, hat and face netting, plus spray.

Eagle Mountain is located within the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area, a region stippled with hundreds of small lakes, ponds and connected by a mazework of streams, a canoeist's dream. The hike was nice, too. The trail generally stays low and is planked on wooden supports as it crosses the boggy ground.

After passing a few lakes, the trail starts a short and moderate incline for the last mile to the summit, with the last few hundred feet taking longer since I kept thinking I was there, only to discover a few more feet to go. By 8 a.m. I was at the top-most rocks, where a large plaque is affixed to one of them, marking the highpoint of Minnesota.

At the summit, I took a self-portrait with my camera, exposing my head long enough to get bit a few times by the mosquitoes. A wonderful overlook is found along the trail just before the summit. This would a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery, have a picnic or cuddle your sweetie, presuming the mosquitoes don't carry you off.

The hike back was equally pleasant. I arrived at my car around 9 a.m., and quickly changed out of my hiking clothes and into more comfortable duds. Nevertheless, those damned mosquitos nailed me in about a dozen places. Mount Arvon in Michigan was next on the agenda.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:400 ft / 122 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:1901 ft / 579 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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