The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a great place to go hiking. It doesn't sound like a place for hiking but the BWCA offers numerous hiking adventures both short and long. Guests who are out paddling on canoe trips can enjoy hiking the trails as well as guests who are vacationing on the Gunflint Trail.
There are two long thru hikes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Kekekabic Trail connects the western side of the BWCA(Snowbank Rd) to the eastern side of the BWCA(Gunflint Trail). It's approximately 40 miles from one end of to the other over some fairly rugged terrain. Canoe groups camped near the trail can enjoy day hikes in the BWCA as an alternative to paddling and portaging through the wilderness lakes.
The Border Route Trail begins where the Kekekabic Trail ends and continues to the shore of Lake Superior. The trailhead is just across the road from the Kek Trailhead at the Magnetic Rock Trailhead. This trail can be accessed at various points along the Gunflint Trail and is about 70 miles in length. Offering beautiful vistas and breathtaking waterfalls it's a wonderful Boundary Waters hiking trail.
There are other hiking trails in the Boundary Waters that are great for day hikes. The trail to the highest point in Minnesota is 7 miles round trip that takes you up to Eagle Mountain and back. The Lima Mountain Trail, South Lake and Daniels Lake Trail are a few of the other options for day hikes in the Boundary Waters.
As avid hikers you can ask us at where our favorite hiking trails in the BWCA are and we'll gladly tell you. We'd love to have you hike the many trails in the area.