Hike in the heart of the Superior National Forest.

A variety of hiking trails start right behind the Outfitters taking you to the high cliffs, Lonely Lake, the South Rim, and several scenic overlooks. They are laced through our back basin and vary in length from 1 to 5 miles in length. In addition, there are many other hiking trails just a few miles from the lodge, so we have many day hiking opportunities for all guests.

Lookout point (.5 mile Round Trip) –  This relatively short trail will lead you to a picture perfect overlook of Gunflint Lake.  This overlook is also one of the locations used for wedding and anniversary photos as well as elopements so you are sure to enjoy the view that waits.

                                      Difficulty : Easy

Lonely Lake (1 Mile Round Trip)  Lonely Lake Trail is just as the name suggests, a trip to the quiet and peaceful  Lonely lake. This trail is the perfect hike for when you need to get out in to the forest and enjoy the soundscape and scenery that nature has to offer.

                                     Difficulty : Easy

Interpretative (additional .25 miles)  Optional loop through the heart of our property. Download our interpretive trail Pdf. That will correspond to the numbers you will find along this hike.

                                    Difficulty : Easy

Short Quiet Walk (.1 miles)  –  Need a short walk to clear the mind or start your day off right? This is the one for you!

                                    Difficulty: Easy

Mid Cliffs (2 Miles Round Trip) One of our longer Trails on the property will take you to a beautiful overlook of the west side of Gunflint Lake Which includes a picnic bench that you and the family can enjoy in the middle of your hike.

                                   Difficulty : Moderate

High Cliffs (1.5 Miles Round Trip)  Our toughest Trail with an incline you will surely feel in your legs, this Hike will lead you to an unforgettable view of Gunflint Lake, Magnetic lake and Canada. Don’t forget your camera; the view is one to remember.  

                                   Difficulty: Hard

The Gunflint Naturalists are pleased to host a self-guided Interpretive Hiking Trail. Download the guide to all trail indicators here.

Download our Hiking Map here!

If you are looking for more difficult hikes, check out these resources:

Centennial Trail

Honeymoon Bluff

Moose Viewing

Border Route Trail

Superior Hiking Trail

North Country Trail Association

Hiking Etiquette

*dogs should remain leashed, please clean up after them

*practice leave no trace, pack trash out with you

*some trails may be multi-use, be aware of others


*wear sturdy shoes

*be prepared for weather – bring extra layers and a bag to carry out any layers you remove

*bring water, sunscreen, bug spray with you