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NCT - Lake 21 Loop Trail

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1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


96%

Runnable

111' 34 m

Ascent

-126' -38 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

1,473' 449 m

High

1,428' 435 m

Low

Shared By Matthew Davis

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Run around scenic Lake Twentyone on this family-friendly loop trail.

Matthew Davis

Dogs Off-leash

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

Closed during deer rifle season in early November. Not accessible in the winter.

Need to Know

Information on the Gulch Lakes Campground can be found at dnr.state.mn.us/state_fores… (map: files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/…)

Runner Notes

Great for trail running.

Description

From the Lake Twentyone Day Use Area parking lot, head northeast from the Trail Shelter (no overnight camping), cross the entrance road, and then follow the northeast corner of the lakeshore climbing uphill. Look for wildflowers in the area recently clearcut. The trail passes by a spur trail leading east to the Gulch Lakes Campground (fee required) and then another staircase down to a fishing pier.

The trail continues along the lakeshore and then crosses an inlet channel on a bridge before turning west. The trail will reach the intersection with the Nelson Lake Loop Trail, cross a bridge, pass through a Campsite (fee required), and then head southwest. At an intersection, the Nelson Lake Loop Trail continues on south.

To follow the Lake Twentyone loop trailhead west, pass through an ironwood grove with a grassy forest floor, and then loop around a boggy bay of the lake. There is a view to the west of another boggy wetland. Notice the beaver's trail and its lodge? The trail continues heading northeast before reaching a wide trail, a picnic site, and then the restroom and parking area.

Flora & Fauna

The trail passes through a mixed hardwood forest with some remnant pines. There are old-growth Norway Pines located uphill from the Trailhead. There was a CCC camp in this vicinity back in the 1930s. Look for signs of wolves, deer, turkey, and bear in the vicinity.

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