The Summer-time recreation season is just about here, AND In this week’s Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch heads up the Gunflint Trail to find some new adventures.
Up the Gunflint Trail is a unique place that you can hike.
David Seaton, Owner of Hungry Jack Outfitters, has hiked the trail for decades and says, “The magnetic rock trail is just that, the rock is magnetic. It’s from an iron formation that runs all across Minnesota.”
You would not want to get lost with a map and compass on this trail, as the iron in the rocks will throw off your compass. You can also see the effects of the iron where the trail ends at Magnetic Rock Lake.
“If you have a compass on the bottom of your canoe you can actually watch the needle sway back-and-forth as you paddle through and while you’re walking on the trail the compass Will sway back-and-forth too.” said Seaton.
But you can leave the compass at home if you want, the trail is clearly marked and pretty easy to complete. And at the end of the trail is a tall piece of rock left by a glacier, which is also Magnetic.
Seaton says, “The trail itself is relatively flat as far as elevation goes. There is some rugged footing, there are some spots that are steep up and down but basically most people can do it.”
David Seaton is not only my un-official guide today, but he also owns the Hungry Jack Outfitting company, and helps people with their BWCA trips.
“What we really do mainly is find out what people are interested in and help them find that part of the boundary waters.” said Seaton.
Whether you’re planning a calming trip, or just a nice hike, getting into the remote wilderness is pretty easy up the Gunflint Trail.
“Disconnection, disconnection from technology. A slower pace, no cell service. Being able to get into nature on a real first hand up close basis, The magnetic rock trail is a good example of that.” said Seaton.
Seaton says the iron in those rocks formed about 2–Billion years ago when this area was still under an ocean.