Ely's Peak Hike

Shore Line Park

Lake Superior North Shore, Minnesota

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Ely's Peak Hike


  • View at the top of Ely's Peak facing north.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Old Duluth, Winnipeg, Pacific Railroad tunnel.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • View from in the DWP tunnel.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Facing east near the summit.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Facing west near the summit.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Top of Ely's Peak.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Wooden path at the start of the trailhead.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Old railroad path that leads to the tunnel.- Ely's Peak Hike
  • Looking away from the tunnel toward the path back to the trailhead.- Ely's Peak Hike
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Great views. Close proximity to town. Rewarding hike.
Becoming increasingly popular.
Lake Superior North Shore, MN
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
918.00 ft (279.81 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Ely's Peak is located in Short Line Park near Gary-New Duluth. At the trailhead follow the wooden path into the woods that will lead up to the old railroad path. Take this path right until you reach the old Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway tunnel. The old railway was abandoned in the 1980s, and today many people today enjoy biking, hiking, snowshoeing and rock climbing around this area. If you are interested in rock climbing, you will see many rock climbing routes around the tunnel. 

You'll see many trails branching off before the tunnel. Follow the main trail to the right. There are two trails on the right: One goes straight up, and one is flat and goes around. Take the flat one, which is the Superior Hiking Trail. You'll follow this trail and the blue markings around the peak. It will eventually fork off, and there will be little signs for it, but you'll keep left. Follow the blue markings all the way to the top, and enjoy the views. Make sure to come back in the fall!

If you enter the tunnel, be sure to watch for falling rock. Also, bring a flashlight because it gets very dark in the middle of the tunnel.

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