Lakes Nelson & Twentyone Loops
ElevationAscent: 337' 103 m
Descent: -348' -106 m
High: 1,582' 482 m
Low: 1,427' 435 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
“Run around two beautiful undeveloped lakes.”— Matthew Davis
Those on foot should wear blaze orange in the fall while running during hunting season.
When the trail reaches an intersection by a bridge, turn left heading toward the Public Access Trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the signs to the North Country Trail passing by a couple of campsites. At the south end of the lake, the trail climbs up to the NCT. Turn right on the NCT, and then turn right at the next intersection as well.
The trail continues on the west side of the lake before reaching an intersection. Take a left heading west, and then the trail winds around the southern and western end of Lake Twentyone before reaching the parking lot.
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Land Manager: MN DNR - Paul Bunyan State Forest