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Tamarac Lake Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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2.4 mile 3.8 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 59' 18 m
Descent: -31' -10 m
High: 1,500' 457 m
Low: 1,453' 443 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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A family-friendly loop trail within Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Matthew Davis

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

The Refuge is used extensively for hunting - primarily during the fall. Click here for more info on hunting.

Runner Notes

The trail is suitable for trail running, and provides a scenic route.

Description

This family-friendly loop trail within Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge features a little bit of everything in terms of wildlife habitats including grasslands, hardwood forest, and pine plantations. There is a great view from the short spur trail to the point out in Tamarac Lake (the island you see to the west is designated Wilderness). Fall colors make for nice viewing in late September - early October.

The western portion of the loop overlaps with the North Country National Scenic Trail, which continues on heading south and northeast from this loop. This loop is groomed for XC skiing in the winter so that visitors can enjoy the route in any season.

Flora & Fauna

Look for waterfowl in the spring and fall and a great diversity of songbirds year round.

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The view out onto Tamarack Lake in winter.
Sep 1, 2016 near Frazee, MN
Milkweed along the trail in the grasslands.
Sep 1, 2016 near Frazee, MN
The trailhead kiosk at the trailhead has maps and regulations.
Sep 1, 2016 near Frazee, MN
Hikers under the pines in the fall.
Sep 1, 2016 near Frazee, MN

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