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Waboose Lake Loop Trail

Intermediate

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3.9 mile 6.4 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 273' 83 m
Descent: -274' -84 m
High: 1,516' 462 m
Low: 1,453' 443 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Run around beautiful Waboose Lake on this 3.9-mile loop trail shaded by old growth pines.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The trail should not be used during deer rifle season. Visitdnr.state.mn.us/hunting/dee… for more info on hunting season dates.

Runner Notes

The trail is open to trail running. It is generally free of roots and rocks.

Description

From the trailhead at the Waboose Public Boat access (located off of Inner Forest Rd north of CR-2 north of Nevis, MN) head in either direction on the white-blazed trail. The loop features some rolling hills with gentle climbs and many views out onto the scenic lake.

The Waboose Lake Loop includes a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT for short), which continues northwest toward CR-91 and east toward State Hwy 64. The NCT portion of the loop is both blue-blazed and white blazed. A spur trail from the loop leads to the primitive campsite on the end of the peninsula with water access, tent pads, fire ring, and a privy.

On the southeast side of the lake, you'll find an old-growth pine stand. To see it in its full glory, venture out and back a short ways heading southeast on the two-track road. This road leads out to Akeley Cutoff Forest Rd.

Flora & Fauna

An old growth pine forest is located on the southeast corner of the trail.

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Old growth pines along the loop.
Aug 31, 2016 near Walker, MN
The large glacial erratic on the spur trail to the Campsite
Jan 29, 2019 near Walker, MN
The view across Waboose Lake from the bay just north of the Campsite spur
Jan 29, 2019 near Walker, MN
Sidehill trail through the birches along the southwest corner of Waboose Lake.
Aug 31, 2016 near Walker, MN
The view across Waboose Lake
Jan 29, 2019 near Walker, MN
Be sure to use the boot brush station before hitting the trail to prevent carrying in any invasive plants.
Jan 29, 2019 near Walker, MN

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