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SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST KAWISHIWI RANGER DISTRICT

3.7 M MODERATE

LENGTH 3.7 miles

TIME 2:30 DIFFICULTY Moderate

ROUTE-FINDING MAPS & PERMITS

Moderate

Fisher Map F-10. USGS quad: Snowbank Lake. No permit is required.

GETTING THERE From Ely drive east on Country State

Highway 169 and County Road 18 for about 18 miles to U.S. Forest Road 438. Turn left on U.S. Forest Road 438 and go 2 miles to trailhead parking lot on the right.

TRAILHEAD GPS 47° 59′ 9.4′ N 91c 29′ 52.2″ W

Late September and early October is an excellent time of the year to hike the Blackstone Lake and Ennis Lake trails. The pleasantly cool sunny days go well with the warm glow from autumn’s changing leaves. Aspens and maples provide much of the brilliance, while graceful red and white pines, and gnarly jack pines, contribute their evergreen to the palette of rapidly changing colors. The white blooms of pearly everlasting, and the blue of asters show that some small flowers don’t easily give up their hold on summer. There is still plenty of wildlife to see; birds such as energetic Black-capped Chickadees, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Gray Jays, and White-throated Sparrows. Garter snakes still take advantage of the sun’s fading warmth to bask along the trail, well camouflaged among newly fallen leaves.

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