Hiking The Big Aspen Trail

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Minnesota.

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North of Duluth and Virginia in the Superior National Forest, the Big Aspen Trail is a 20 mile multi-purpose route open to hiking. The looping trail system follows old logging roads and railroad grades while passing through pine and hardwood forests. It has a hard-packed dirt and grass surface. This trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, horseback and ATV riders.

To reach the trailhead from Virginia, head north on SR53 for 8 miles. Turn right on CR131 for 1 mile. Turn left on CR68 for 0.3 miles. Continue straight on CR405 for 2 miles to parking lot.

Overall, Big Aspen Trail is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 31 hikes in Minnesota. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Big Aspen Trail including Arrowhead State Trail, Secret / Blackstone Trail System, Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop, Wheeler Peak Trail, Hendrys Creek / Mount Moriah Trail and Laurentian TrailBorder Route Trail.

Big Aspen Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Superior National Forest (218) 666-0020; MN Visitors (800) 657-3700.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Minnesota" from Mary Jo Mosher

Best Season:  Apr - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/superior

GPS:  47.6696, -92.5755

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  4/2/2018

ID:  14904

Big Aspen Trail Hiking Map


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