Thing to Do

Hike Grand Portage Trails

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Hike like a voyageur!

NPS photo / S. Layton

For a shorter hike:

  • Hike the Mount Rose Loop Trail to a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay, Mount Josephine, and the gap in the hills where the Grand Portage footpath leads
  • Hike the Grand Portage footpath from the depot to new Highway 61 (1 1/2 mile round trip - about half an hour)

If you have more than a day, add:

  • Hike the Grand Portage footpath from the stockade to Old Highway 61 (eight miles round trip - three to four hours)
  • From Old Highway 61 to Fort Charlotte (nine miles round trip - six to eight hours)
  • Hike the entire Grand Portage footpath from the stockade on Lake Superior to Fort Charlotte and back (17 miles round trip eight to 16 hours)
  • Camp overnight at Fort Charlotte - obtain your backcountry permit online (allow two weeks to process)
  • Visit Grand Portage State Park - See High Falls, the highest waterfall in Minnesota - hike to upper and lower Middle Falls

    Safety Tips

    Make sure you read our safe hiking tips and check out a graphic that shows the locations of the trailheads.

Leashed pets are allowed on trails and not allowed inside the historic depot or inside the Heritage Center. Service animals are allowed in all areas of Grand Portage National Monument.

Grand Portage National Monument is a fee free area.

Both the Mount Rose and Grand Portage trailheads are located across Mile Creek Road from the historic North West Company Depot.

The trails are open year round. Snowshoes are recommended for Mount Rose during winter. Snowshoes or skis are recommended for the Grand Portage when there is significant snow on the trail.

Accessibility Information

Trails at Grand Portage National Monument are steep and narrow in places with uneven, rocky footing and areas of standing water. They are not wheelchair accessible.

Grand Portage National Monument

Trailheads at Grand Portage

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    Last updated: July 15, 2022