Carlton Peak

Elevation (feet): 1,526
Elevation (meters): 465
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Midwest-Great Lakes Area
State: Minnesota
Latitude: 47.583333
Longitude: -90.860278
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: 1848
First successful climber(s): Reuben Carlton
Nearest major airport: Duluth International Airport
Convenient Center: Tofte, Minnesota

Thanks to Al Gimler and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Carlton Peak is one of the most prominent Sawtooth Mountain peaks along the Minnesota North Shore of Lake Superior. It was named after Reuben Carlton who took part in an early geologic survey of the area in 1848. The peak is made up of a large inclusion, or block, that arose from deep within the Earth’s crust. This rock, anorthosite, is composed of the mineral Labradorite, which is light green when freshly broken and then turns a whitish color. About a billion years ago, this large block of anorthosite rafted up on the magma that was forming the North Shore's cliffs and rocks. Glaciers eventually eroded away much of the surrounding volcanic rock, but they couldn't scrape away the hard anorthosite that formed Carlton Peak. This is a walkable three mile round trip hike. As the summit becomes closer, the trial becomes more steep and rock filled. Carlton Peak is within the Superior National Forest and is part of the extensive Superior Hiking Trail system. The trail to the summit is well defined and marked and begins at the Britton Peak Trailhead. The summit of Carlton Peak is 1526 feet above sea level (924 feet above Lake Superior level) and has a spectacular overlooking view of Lake Superior to the east and the surrounding forests of the Sawtooth Mountains to the north, west and south. The summit has a 550 foot elevation gain from the point of the Britton Trailhead origin.

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