If you’re looking for a great hike in Duluth, Minnesota, Ely’s Peak is definitely worth checking out. This scenic trail is one of the highest peaks in the area, offering stunning views of the city and Lake Superior. However, getting to the peak can be a bit tricky.
In this article, we’ll share some tips to help you find your way to the top safely and easily.
Different Parking Lots/Different Access
There are two parking lots that give access to the trailhead for the Ely’s Peak hike. Knowing which one to use can save you a ton of time and confusion.
Parking Lot #1
The first parking lot, is located at 123rd Ave. W., is a Munger Trail access point.
To get there, take Grand Ave. to Becks Road and go 1.8 miles to 123rd Ave. W. Turn right for about a block to a gravel parking lot.
From the parking lot, head right on the paved Munger Trail towards Duluth. After crossing a railroad bridge, just before the trail enters a large rock cut, you’ll see the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) enter the woods on your left. Look for the SHT sign.
Follow the SHT’s blue blazes as the trail winds up the hill. When you come to a fork in the trail, you’ll see a sign on a tree. Take the trail to the right to reach the peak. If you take the trail to the left, you’ll come to the tunnel.
Parking Lot #2
This parking lot is located near the 123rd Ave. West lot. Continue on Beck’s Road, cross a railroad bridge, and the parking lot will be on your right. This lot provides the easiest way to the DWP tunnel.
From the parking lot, take the wooden pathway, ascend a staircase, and take the flat dirt path to your right. This trail is called the DWP trail, and it will lead you to the tunnel in less than a half-mile.
From the south end of the tunnel (the end you first came upon from the trail), you can reach Ely’s Peak by connecting with the SHT. There are four unmarked trails at the tunnel entrance. You’ll want the one to the lower right.
The Hike to the Top
Once you’re on the right trail, the hike to the peak is doable for hikers of all skill levels. The trail is a bit rugged in places, but totally manageable for little ones. There are even some unique features along the way to keep things interesting.
All of the kids enjoyed the unique ladder bridge on the trail up to Ely’s Peak. This feature is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.
The View from the Top
The view from Ely’s Peak is truly breathtaking. You’ll be treated to panoramic views of Duluth and Lake Superior. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the stunning vistas.
As with any hike, it’s important to put safety first. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring plenty of water and snacks. Always be aware of your surroundings and watch your footing on the trail.
Enjoy Your Hike!
Ely’s Peak is a must-visit for anyone who loves hiking and the great outdoors. With the right information and a little planning, you can make your trip to the peak safe and enjoyable for everyone. So, get out there and explore all that Duluth has to offer!