Hike the Bass and Dry Lake Loop

    Rate this Adventure 6.3 miles 518 ft gain  - Loop Trail

    Added by Laura Hill

    Great hike, not too hard (a little steep at times), fun waterfall at the end!

    This is a moderate trail, that gets a bit steep at times.  Great views of the lake and has lots of spots to stop for a quick snack.  Trail is well maintained, and there is a fun waterfall, which is great to splash around in.  

    The trailhead is super close to Ely, MN and has bathrooms.  

    Make sure to bring enough water and snacks, and practice leave no trace principals!

    Also the lupine and blueberries were a treat :)


    The Bass Lake Trail is located 6 miles north of Ely.

    • Follow Hwy 169 east of Ely to County Rd 88.
    • Take County Rd 88 north to County Rd 116 (Echo Trail).
    • Go north on the Echo Trail 2.6 miles to the Bass Lake parking lot, located on the north side of the road. 
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