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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Soliciting advice on Isle Royale on 06/21/2010 16:02:09 MDT Print View

I'm headed up to the magic island next week with my sister and parents in tow. I'm looking for advice, both general and with regards to a few points in particular.

-Details on the Minong Ridge trail would be welcome. Rocky? Lots of short up and downs? I've heard tell that it is more scenic than Greenstone, especially in the western reaches, and that north shore campsites are a good place to avoid the bugs.

-Were planning on hiking Minong to the mines, then Greenstone over to Rock Harbor. Any campsites along the way that are especially desireable? Any must see stuff?

-Anything else? (Besides that the bugs will be present.)

Andy Berner
(Berner9) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Soliciting advice on Isle Royale on 06/21/2010 16:23:23 MDT Print View

I wish I could help you. This is where I was originally planning on going before my colorado/utah trip this August. Im gonna stay tuned to this thread.

Enjoy your trip.

Steve Parr
(srparr) - F

Locale: SE Michigan
Re: Soliciting advice on Isle Royale on 06/21/2010 18:33:19 MDT Print View

Magic island indeed! Been up there 8 time so far; my next trip is schedule in about 3 weeks.

The Minong is the toughest trail on the island, with lots of ups/downs/rocks. That said, the views are tremendous. Of the campsites, Little Todd & Todd Harbor are my favorite on the north shore, while I find North Lake Desor my least favorite on the Minong. East Chickenbone seems among the least desireable camp grounds.

McCargo is a good place to include, and definitely explore the mine shafts near there. A great place on the web for specific route questions is at isleroyaleforums.com.

Enjoy the trip!

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: advice on 06/21/2010 18:36:40 MDT Print View

Thanks Steve, just what I was looking for.