Boundary Country Trekking
2 sites · LodgingGrand Marais, MN
For centuries the people of the Mongolian plateau have found yurts to be
comfortable, convivial dwellings. These round, peaked-roofed, canvas-covered
huts are warm and cozy. Over the past twenty years hundreds of skiers
traveling the Banadad Ski Trail have found our yurts to be comfortable
winter lodging. Now you can enjoy the comfort of a wilderness yurt all year
round at the new Tall Pines Yurt. Do not forget to bring your sense of
Inside the yurt
Members of the Minnehaha Academy Ski Team
The Tall Pines Yurt is located on the edge of the Boundary Waters near
a stand of old growth white pines and on Hooker Lake, named by some
comic loggers. Half of the lake is in the Boundary Waters. The Tall
Pines, twenty-foot housekeeping yurt, is attractively furnished and is
set-up to accommodate up to four people, sleeping on a futon and bunk
beds. Additional cots or bunk beds can be brought in for larger groups.
The yurt is heated by a wood stove / fireplace, has overhead gas lighting
and a camp kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, utensils, cook stove, dining
table and chairs. Ask us about making camp coffee. Outside is an attached
deck. A firepit, charcoal grill and most importantly, a
Finnish sauna are nearby. Outhouse is located near the yurt also.
Hooker Lake is a natural environmental lake, requiring a significant
setback for any structure. Over the years forest growth has occured
around the shore, which has limited the visibility of the lake from the
yurt. This lake is slowly turning into a bog and in the summer, it's
surrounded by lots of bog flowers. It is a pretty lake, but not suitable
for fishing or swimming. Yurters can drive over to the Bed &
Breakfast and fish and swim in Little Ollie Lake or portage into a
During the non-snow months you hike in three hundred feet from the
summer parking area. The trail to the yurt connects to some of the
finest mountain biking trails in the area. Hiking trails are just out
the door and a canoe is provided for your use.
During the winter the yurt is an exclusive silent sports accommodation,
accessible by a 1-kilometer ski or snowshoe trek on a groomed trail from
the Lace Ski Lake Trail or winter parking area. The eastern trailhead of
the Banadad is 2 kilometers away by skis. For the adventuresome skier,
Boundary Country Trekking offers
Yurt to Yurt Skiing
between the Tall Pines and Croft Yurts along the Boundary Waters longest
tracked trail: the Banadad.
In the winter, we bring in your luggage and food containers. In the
summer, you can drive to a parking area near the yurt if you drive a high
clearance vehicle. We supply and bring in your water.You bring in your
drinking water containers. Year around, we recommend a picnic cooler
to hold your food and ice. Ice is available at a local grocery, a three
mile drive. During the winter, the Tall PInes yurt is not available on
weekends or holidays, until one week before a weekend or holiday.
The Tall PInes yurt is available for yurt to yurt resevations only for
weekends and holidays.
Pets welcome at the Tall Pines Yurt for a nominal fee. All our
accommodations, including the Tall Pines Yurt, are smoke free. Because
the yurts are located deep in the woods you might be visited by mice.
We keep traps in the yurts and we run the mice trap line often.