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NCT - Lake Nelson Loop Trail

Intermediate

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 146' 45 m
Descent: -145' -44 m
High: 1,575' 480 m
Low: 1,439' 439 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Run this loop trail around this scenic lake and enjoy views, wildlife, and maybe even some fishing.

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

Closed during deer rifle season in early November.

Need to Know

Learn more about the Gulch Lake Campground and Campsites at dnr.state.mn.us/state_fores… (map: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/…).

Runner Notes

The loop trails are used by trail runners.

Description

Leave the boat launch parking lot heading northwest and pass the intersection with the Lake Twentyone loop trail. Cross the bridge, pass through the Campsite (fee required), and then follow the shoreline heading southwest. Notice the mature jack pine trees that have blown over in recent windstorms. You'll pass the second intersection of the Lake Twentyone loop trail. At the intersection with the North Country Trail (NCT), turn left heading south-southeast on the NCT. Watch for wildflowers along this stretch. At the next NCT intersection, turn left and head east and then northeast. You'll pass by two Campsites (fee required) and then a restroom at the Trailhead parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

The forest is a mixture of oak-pine-aspen. You may see sign of wolves in this area.

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The spot between Lake Twenty-one and Nelson Lake
Feb 28, 2018 near Walker, MN
The oak forest - can you spot the sign of beavers?
Feb 28, 2018 near Walker, MN
Be sure to wear blaze orange in the fall during hunting season
Feb 28, 2018 near Walker, MN

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