Butte Saint Paul
ElevationAscent: 111' 34 m
Descent: -118' -36 m
High: 2,286' 697 m
Low: 2,168' 661 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A highpoint to view the beautiful Turtle Mountain area.”— Karen Ryberg
There is a sign at the trailhead and the trail is a circular route going counterclockwise up a hill to the monument, crossing an open area with spectacular views of the Turtle Mountain area, and coming back down to the parking area through woods.
Belcourt was visiting Native Americans in the area in January 1850. The group (including guides and sled dogs) was caught in a blizzard and sought the highest peak in the area. They buried themselves in the snow until the storm broke. On Jan. 25, which coincides with the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Belcourt offered a Mass of thanksgiving for their survival of the blizzard He named the summit Butte St. Paul and placed a wooden cross on it. A 12-foot cairn was eventually erected to mark the spot.
Land Manager: ND- Parks & Rec. Dept.