Mt Sophie Fire Tower

Roundtrip: 3km

Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Grand Portage, MN

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After this one, I’ll try to get off my fire tower kick for a while and I will post about something other than a fire tower next week!  You can easily visit the Mt Sophie tower on the same day as you visit the Mt Maud fire tower.

I have read that most of Minnesota’s fire towers were constructed as make-work projects in the 1930’s.  Some towers were even taken down from one location and put up in another just to keep men busy.  At one time, there was a fire tower every 20 square kilometres in the northern parts of the state.

From the Pigeon River border crossing head west on Hwy 61S for 11.5 km.  Turn Right onto County Road 17/Mineral Center Rd and follow it for 6.5 km.

Turn left at the corner of County Road 89 and Mineral Center Road.  Follow County Road 89 for 1.7km and take the first right onto Speckled Trout Road.  Follow Speckled Trout road for 2.25km and stay right at the Y.  Continue for about 800m and park off the road.  There is a sign indicating the trail to the Mt Sophie cabin.  The trail is a rolling snowmachine/quad trail that is easy to follow.  You will come to an old cabin with the tower located just behind it.

The steps to the top of the tower were in good repair and all the landing boards were in place.  The views were great even though it was snowing pretty hard at the time of my visit.

Mount Sophie Fire Tower

Author: superiorhiking

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  1. I love this website. Thank you so much for spending the time and energy updating this resource. Having lived and hiked around Thunder Bay for many years, it is great to find some new places to go and see. I have told many people about it and they all appreciate it.

    Thanks so much!!
    Chris

  2. Thank you Chris! I am so glad you are finding this website useful!
    Susan

  3. I visited this tower the same day I went to Mt. Maud. Thanks for the instructions! We were able to drive to a parking space near a pond in order to access the tower. (We could have driven further but there was water going across the road, and it was a perfect place to turn a car around.) We followed the wide path, keeping left, and after about a kilometer we did see a sign for “Mt. Sophie Cabin 0.5km.” It was VERY hard to see the sign due to brush. Any other signage for Mt. Sophie is gone. We were pretty much winging it because our map was kind of sketchy, but even so we were able to find it. Very fun to explore! I wouldn’t have known it existed without you — big thanks!

  4. Just wondering if the Mt Sophie fire tower is still up, and if it is climbable? Also, if it is able to be accessed this time of year? (April) Thanks!

  5. As far as I know it is still there. I’m not sure how close you will get by car, you may have to walk/snowshoe quite a bit further this time of year.

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