Best Trail Running in Minnesota

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Minnesota, Yellow Medicine County

02 :53 hrs
8.4 mi
59.501724 ft

Upper Sioux State Park


Minnesota, Lakeville

01 :35 hrs
4.5 mi
13.496185 ft

Trail hike and walk around Sprit and Cobblestone Lake


Minnesota, Cook County

23 :43 hrs
64.3 mi
203.5105 ft

The Border Route Trail follows 65 miles along the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada crossing through the Boundary waters Canoe Area. It is a rugged wilderness trail that follows ridge-lines and the top of high cliffs. The scenery and views are spectacular as it provides solitude and a true wilderness experience. The trail can be accessed through several spur and connecting trails, allowing for short day hikes to multi-day backpacking expeditions. It is also part of the North Country Trail. You can choose to do it in either direction. For overnight trips a permit is required and can obtained by calling 1-877-444-6777 or accessed online.


Minnesota, Pine County

01 :39 hrs
4.7 mi
37.74301 ft

The section of the Kettle River that runs through Banning State Park is exceptionally beautiful. Kettle River has been designated as a wild and scenic river, and offers great paddling, fishing and views. There are several hiking trail options in this state park. This hiking adventure begins at a picnic area and runs through hardwood forests in the river valley and then dives down to run along the river. This is an excellent place for birding too, because of the wetland areas.


Minnesota, Cook County

02 :24 hrs
2.9 mi
69.182434 ft

This part of the Border Route Trail offers a short and easy section that provides an excellent sample of the remote and rugged terrain in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. The BWCA is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. The BWCA has over one-million acres of beautiful wilderness and lakes renowned for its canoeing and fishing. The scenery is spectacular with high ridges that rise out of scenic lakes, heavily forested areas and other dramatic terrain.


Michigan, Ontonagon County

03 :17 hrs
3.1 mi
188.58368 ft

The Escarpment trail is located in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness area and follows a ridge over a scenic valley providing great views of the Big Carp River and Lake of the Clouds below. The trail travels in and out of forested areas providing both solitude amongst the trees and open views of the valley below. Hiking along the exposed ridgeline can be more challenging during bad weather, especially high winds and thunderstorms, so prepare and plan ahead if possibly hiking in bad weather. The trail connects to the Lake of the Clouds trail and overlook so there is an option of adding mileage by hiking all the way to this area or even doing the hike as a one-way trip by shuttling vehicles between trailheads. There are multiple connecting trails within the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness area providing visitors with a number of different trip options.


Minnesota, Cook County

02 :49 hrs
3.3 mi
169.79901 ft

The Boundary Waters hiking adventure explores Eagle Mountain that sits in the middle of Minnesota's beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A feature of this adventure is Eagle Mountain's peak which is the highest natural point in Minnesota. Another feature is Whale Lake, which does have some decent fishing for any hikers who want to fish off shore. Wildlife that may be seen in this area include fox, deer, a variety of bird species and many other animals.


Minnesota, Bloomington

01 :01 hrs
2.8 mi
28.942871 ft

In the middle of a highly developed suburban area sits the Beautiful Hyland Lake Park Reserve, offering a quiet hike through beautiful landscapes. Highlighted on this hike are the areas hills lined with islands of oaks and aspens with some prairie meadows and ponds scattered throughout. Be apprised that the park has more than eleven miles of trails that are available to hikers.


Minnesota, Cook County

02 :24 hrs
6.6 mi
43.46869 ft

This adventure explores the forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the most visited wilderness areas in the United States. The paths are very well-maintained and the variety of landscapes make this a very pleasant route. This trail loops clockwise around Ruby and Rudy Lakes and offers great views and some steep downhills (on the southern part). Wildlife in the area include moose, deer, bald eagles and wolves.


Wisconsin, Bayfield County

02 :25 hrs
5.2 mi
92.42352 ft

The Mt. Ashwabay trail system covers about 25 miles of classic and skate trails with a variety of options from beginner to expert. The trails are flanked by groves of maple, oak, and pine and tremendous panoramic vistas of the Apostle Island Chain and views of the Lake Superior Shoreline can be seen. The Jolly’s Long Loop consists of beginner terrain with gently rolling hills and gentle turns. All the trails are groomed and maintained very well.

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