Highpointing: Eagle Mountain, Minnesota
June 1, 2018
Eagle Mountain, the highpoint of the Land of 10,000 Lakes can be quite literally found in a land of lakes. The Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness is more known for its extensive paddling opportunities than its hikes. This is the second time I have reached the summit of this highpoint and it was a bit more enjoyable than the first. The previous time it had rained heavily for several days prior to our hike and the trails were thoroughly flooded with water up to our knees at times. It is not an exaggeration to say we followed a river of water up to the summit, passing numerous tiny waterfalls. It ended up being one of the more epic highpoint hikes I have ever experienced.
So this time was not nearly as epic, but still an enjoyable outing…if you had plenty of bug spray, which, fortunately we did. Even then, the bugs flying around our heads proved to be a slight annoyance. Otherwise the trails were dry and the hike to the summit of Eagle Mountain was rather uneventful. In this case uneventful is a good thing as it makes filming easier with less to worry about. There was only one small hiccup; near the end of we had a cloudburst that rained on us. You can spot it when I am giving my spiel right before setting off on the hike.
Joining me on this outing were my sister Summer Marthaler and her two sons, Hunter and Junior. They all proved up to the task and we made it up the summit fairly quickly. This was another good thing because we drove over ten hours that day from north central Wisconsin and back. Needless to say it was a very long day and in the future if I ever reshot this location I would break the shoot into a multi-day affair.
Looking at this one now several months later there are a couple of things I would of added. While we stopped on the Lake Superior shore it just reinforces the missed opportunities. It would have been worth some time to add in some history about the mining, maybe get into Grand Marais a bit, talk more about the canoeing and paddling of the region. All of those things highlight the idea of a multi-day shoot. To me it is clear I did not allot enough time for the northernmost highpoint in the lower 48 states.
The music for this episode is “The Sky of Our Ancestors” by Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com. I liked the Native American feel it imparted, matching up with the beauty of the Northwoods and the Arrowhead.
If you get to Cook County, Minnesota then the Eagle Mountain hike is worth a stop though it takes a bit of effort to get there. Also, pro tip, BRING BUG SPRAY. If you enjoyed this episode please consider subscribing on YouTube to the Rooftops of America channel. Also consider donating to the Rooftops of America GoFundMe Campaign so we can continue bringing you these episodes as we go highpointing across the USA. Thanks for watching!