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Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

Backpack the East Half of Isle Royale.

Originally added by Kaden Staley

It's one of the least visited national parks, about as many visitors yearly as Yellowstone gets in a day.The sky! A rock in the middle of Lake Superior, need I say more? No light pollution and a million stars to see every night. Even the occasional Aurora, if you're lucky.The wildlife. Isle is the longest going study of predator/prey relations between wolves and moose, mainly because there are no other animals that act as variables to the study (i.e. Deer, Bear, etc). That's right, this far north and no bears, the squirrels will fight for some trail mix though. Other wildlife ranges from otters to fox, loons to trout.The people. While few and far between (I've gone 3 days in the park without seeing anyone outside my group), the people you will meet are the perfect definition of backpackers.The land. if you live in Michigan or are familiar with it, you'll know the Lower Peninsula can be rather boring while the Upper Peninsula is an wilderness playground. Trust me, if your idea of Michigan is the Lower, you'll think Isle Royale belongs to Canada when you first arrive. After all, you can see the Sleeping Giants looking north from the Ridge.

Trip: 6 Days, 40 miles.Many other routes to take, my personal favorite from my experiences.

Take a ferry to the island, either from Houghton, MI, Copper Harbor, MI (personal favorite), or Grand Portage, MN. Also a seaplane available out of the Houghton Airport. Travel to Rock Harbor, Isle Royale (3-4 hours depending on the means of transportation). Hike from Rock Harbor to Three Mile campground, 2.7 miles. Rest for night. Hike Three Mile to Moskey Basin campground. 8.3 miles. Rest for night. Hike Moskey Basin to McCargo Cove, 8.6 miles. Rest for night. OPTIONAL: Hike 1 mile to Minong Copper Mines, will not disappoint. Hike McCargo Cove to Daisy Farm via Greenstone Ridge (400 ft max elevation change) 8.2 miles, rest for night. Hike Daisy Farm to Rock Harbor, 7.1 miles. Take Greenstone Ridge & stop at both the Ojibwa Fire Tower and Mt. Franklin. Rest for night. Day hike out to Scoville Point (4 mile round trip) board ferry from Rock Harbor.

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