Best Day Hikes in ELY, MN

Ely, Minnesota's day hikes offer stunning lake vistas, pine, cedar, and birch forests, opportunities to see wildlife, waterfalls, creeks, and bridges over beaver dams. These hikes are true wilderness experiences. A few of the best trails are very close to Vosburgh's Custom Cabin Rentals.

Here's a list of our favorite day hikes in the Ely area:

Secret Blackstone

2-4 mile loopEASY

  • Just down the road from Vosburgh's Custom Cabins.

  • Lake vistas, beaver lodges, and beautiful pine forests with a chance to see wildlife.

  • Click here for a printable map and here for more information and images. 

Kawishiwi Falls

1.5 milesEASY

  • Located a short drive down HWY 169 from Vosburgh's Custom Cabin Rentals.

  • A popular 1.5 mile round-trip hiking trail offers stunning views of the 70ft. drop Kawishiwi Falls/Fall Lake Dam. 

  • Click here for a printable map and here for more information and images.

Bass Lake Trail

1.7, 3, 5.25 or 6.1 mile optionsEASY to MODERATE

  • A local favorite! Wander through birch, cedar, and pine forests, with stunning overlooks atop granite cliffs. Enjoy a picnic lunch next to a cascading waterfall. 

  • Click here for a printable map and here for more information and images. 

Bear Head Lake State Park

3.5 or 6 mile loopsEASY to MODERATE

  • Secluded in the Northwoods, this park contains pristine lakes; it is home to black bears, nesting eagles, wolves and moose. Stands of white and red pine trees tower over the birch, aspen and fir trees. 

  • Click here for a printable map and here for more information and images. 

Angleworm Loop


  • For the hardy adventurers, this rugged loop meanders through the BWCA and offers quiet camping options with beautiful lake views. 

  • Click here for more information and images. 

Trezona Trail Loop

4 mile loopEASY 

  • Located in town this 4 miles mostly paved trail goes around Miners Lake, a former iron ore mining pit. History abounds in the area providing a glimpse into the economic lifeblood of the past. 

  • Click here for a printable map