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NCT: MN Segment 2 - North Central Minnesota

Intermediate

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174.6 mile 281.1 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 11,547' 3,520 m
Descent: -11,598' -3,535 m
High: 1,834' 559 m
Low: 1,306' 398 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Run across "the Northwoods" from near Vergas to the Chippewa National Forest near Longville.

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The NCT is closed to running during the deer rifle season. No overnight use (including camping) is allowed within Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

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Description

This section of the NCT traverses lake country and travels through the hardwood hills and mixed Laurentian forest biomes. Along the way you'll pass by hundreds of lakes, along numerous wetlands, and through a generally rolling landscape.

From south of Vergas through Hwy 34, the NCT is mostly a roadwalk. North of Hwy 34 the NCT becomes a contiguous off-road trail mostly passing through publicly owned lands.

Flora & Fauna

You'll see a great variety of birds and mammals (including deer & possibly wolves). Plants range from spring wildflowers to old-growth pine forests.

Learn more at dnr.state.mn.us/ecs/222/ind… & dnr.state.mn.us/ecs/212/ind….

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Photos

The view across Waboose Lake from the bay just north of the Campsite spur
Jan 29, 2019 near Walker, MN
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
A sign along the North Country Trail / Waboose Lake loop identifies Waboose Lake.
Aug 31, 2016 near Walker, 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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