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Kelly Burtch
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HikingGreat!

This trail follows along Tobin Harbor which you can see often and goes through a lot of forest, all of which is really pretty! It's not quite as impressive as the Rock Harbor trail but it's definitely worth going back that way for some different scenery. Minimal elevation, saw only one other hiking party (keep in mind lodge and ferries not operating due to covid).

Kelly Burtch
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HikingGreat!

We got here by hiking on Rock Harbor trail (mostly along rocky coast, beautiful views of lake and islands) and back on Tobin Harbor trail (very pretty trail along the harbor side) which made a great 10 mile day hike. The main reason we absolutely loved the trail was that it goes along a large pond for awhile and we saw 6 moose and 2 beavers there! We spent about a half hour watching them swimming and eating on our way up (a few bulls, a cow, and a calf) and saw another bull on the way back down. One of the beavers was bothered by the click of the camera (I assume) so he turned around while swimming and slapped his tail really hard so that water sprayed everywhere about 20 feet in front of us. We also saw another bull moose when we turned a corner on the trail and just waited patiently for him to eat his way into the forest. The viewpoint was also very cool, you can see the north side of the island, the lake, and Canada beyond. We were tired at the end of the 10 mi hike due to the distance and a little elevation (probably not much more than 300 ft) but it was totally doable for a couple young but not very in shape people. We only saw one other hiking party on the Mount Franklin portion (keep in mind that ferries and lodge are not operating due to covid). Make sure to hang out for awhile by the pond, the more time we spent there, the more wildlife we saw!

Jim Andrews
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Rio W
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Tanya Mavani
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Chantel Coates
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HikingMuddy
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Alexa Lombardo
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HikingBugsOff trailRocky

Easy trail

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Nathan Willder
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Hannah Fairley
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Hiking

A little muddy still in some areas but was fine in runners if I made sure to step carefully :)

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Roy Atkinson
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HikingRocky
Marnie Rabaa
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Hiking

Easy trail. Great for kids and well maintained.

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Amy Carver
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Hiking

They recently cleared a lot of trees so now the view is stellar. Easy hike.

Robin Lance
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Hiking

A bit icy in the current climate. I’d suggest wearing ice cleats

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Jerome Martin
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I hiked this trail from May 28th to June 1st of 2019. I went from Windigo to Rock Harbor. When deciding whether to take this trail or the Greenstone to cross the Island, my friend and I decided to take this trail because it sounded more interesting. We’d heard it was rocky and offered great views of Canada, both points were absolutely true. I have not taken the Greenstone before but I can say that taking this trail for 3 days was quite an experience and totally worth it to me. I believe the Greenstone is a continuous ridge whereas the Minong Ridge is quite segmented so there is a lot of up and down. It seemed that any point where you saw higher ground was where the trail was headed. The trail is entirely up and down and in that regard being called a ridge trail can be misleading; while it does follow ridges, the ridges are frequently broken up by streams cutting through the ridge and to get from one pinnacle to the next you are constantly having to move back down to lower elevations to cross the streams (and these areas can be muddy) followed by the scrambles back to get atop the ridge for a few minutes until you hit another gap in the ridge and have to start the process over dozens of times. We lost the trail a few times when in the wooded areas due to leaf cover and there are few markings of the trail on the rocky areas, all you can do are look for sections of rock with wear on them and rock stacks/cairns (don’t kick these down please, i get it when they are not necessary but it is the only way we were able to stay on trail in many instances because the path is nearly impossible to discern on rocky terrain and those kept us from getting lost more than a few times). As a wilderness trail you’ll only come across a sign every few hours. There are a few sections where you’ll be crawling up rocks because it gets pretty steep in places. Also bring a face net in late May/early June for the black flies in the interior of the island, you’ll be very glad you did as they love to fly into your nose, ears, eyes, and mouth. Also it can get down to the 30s at that time of year on the island so be prepared. The hike can be quite hard on your thighs as you’ll be doing a lot of uphill walking. The campgrounds along the trail had ample space at the time of year we went, we camped at North Desor the first night, after having gotten onto the trail at 2PM or so. We camped at Todd Harbor night 2, Daisy Farm on day 3, and Rock Harbor the final night. At Daisy Farm and Rock Harbor there were shelters, Todd Harbor had one shelter that was taken the night we were there. Decent water sources (deep streams with flowing water) can in sections be a few miles between so plan accordingly. The trail even by the standards of this island is remote. We would see sometimes 0, other times maybe 1 or 2 other groups of hikers per 10 hour day. The views of Canada were pretty great on some ridges, such as around the area you enter North Desor from. The general scenery was pretty nice too, but the flower blooms are less in May/June than they had been when I went in July of 2018. The most photogenic part of the island in my opinion is over by Scoville point (not on this trail) if you want to see peak Isle Royale scenery. There are some sections of trail where you’re quite likely to submerge your feet, there were at least 3 beaver dams we crossed which your feet will likely sink into, there just aren’t many spots that will support a person’s weight without your feet going in. So wear quick-drying shoes or ankle high waterproof shoes. If you go the waterproof route make sure no water gets in as it won’t dry out quickly. It was a fun and rewarding experience. I can’t speak to whether it is better or worse than the Greenstone, but it was quite enjoyable as an arduous wilderness hiking experience. Also note that the Greenstone is higher in elevation, when leaving the Minong trail we could see Canada from the Greenstone trail as well despite being further South.

Tom Porter
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Hiking

Great easy trail with wonderful views of Lake Superior!

Tom Porter
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Hiking

My wife and I hiked this trail mid August 2018 when we did some kayaking around Isle Royal. We are both in our late 50’s and had no problems doing this hike. The trail was a great hike with wonderful vistas at the top! We spend a couple hours at the top picking blueberries and enjoying the views with our lunch. Don’t miss this hike.

Tom Kuttenberg
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Hiking

Tough trail with narrow planks over water. Very difficult in the rain.

Brittany Mastenbrook
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Hiking

The hike from 3 Mile is tough at first with so much uphill, but the view is gorgeous! A quintessential Isle Royal vista awaits.

Brady Mensing
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Hiking

5 stars, although the beaver dams really suck.

At Caren
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Hiking

Fairly easy trail.

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Jason Bond
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Hiking

The highlight of this trail was seeing pitcher plants in the in bloom.

Melissa Smejkal
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Hiking

Beautiful short trail

Thomas Shapira
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HikingRocky

A good hike for those looking for a moderate challenge. Although the hike is short, it’s inclines make it somewhat of a challenge. The trail is lined with blueberries and thimble berries along the end of the trail. These provide motivation to reach the summit at Ojibway Tower. The trail has a good mixture of sun and shade and the view at its conclusion are spectacular.

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