hiking

backpacking
11 days ago

Rightly or wrongly we picked this track as our first ever family overnight hike. Our kids are now old enough to carry their own packs so we wanted to do something decent for our first trek.
We had a great weekend on the island. The 10 mile trek each day wasn't too bad for the family and there was a lot of flora and fauna to look at along the way.
The North beach was a lovely place to stop and eat dinner and have a swim and then we camped at the Shelter Ridge campsite.
Unfortunately for us, we were in the height of the mosquito breeding season and there are places on the island with lots of standing water which meant we were swarmed at times. They didn't seem too fazed by the tropical strength DEET repellant either!!!
Still, we had a great hike.

Loved this trail! There is an area where you come out the the road and in order to get to the rest of the trail you have to lift your bike over the guard rail-it's not clearly marked. We got lucky and met a couple runners that knew where it was and they guided us in the right direction. Otherwise this ride would have been 5 stars.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing views of Pictured Rocks! Has a fairly steep climb on the west side. Not much to see on the east side compared to the west side though. There are only a couple bears on the island. I was able to see some tracks on North Beach.

backpacking
2 months ago

Check out our trip video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWpk7K9BStA

...This is a 2 day, 1 night backpacking loop (but can be done in more or less time) in Grand Island National Recreational Area off the coast of Lake Superior in Munising Michigan. The loop is 20.4 miles in total (.2 mi from Williams landing dock to West Rim Trailhead + 20 mi loop + .2 mi from trailhead back to Williams Landing dock) but offers many side trip opportunities. Our trip started the Saturday before Memorial Day 2017 by taking the ferry to Williams Landing at 9AM (also runs at 12 and; 3:30). We were apart of the first group of 6 to go across at 9 and arrived at Williams landing in a minute or so. Backcountry sites are reservable from Memorial Day through the busy season, but before then its "first come first served" .

Day 1 consisted of hiking the West Rim of the Island to Preservation Point Campsite. We were worried about site availability given the holiday weekend & "first come first served" sites, so we took few breaks in the first 9 miles to the site. Luckily, Preservation Point was vacant when we arrived and surprised us with how close it was to lake views. This site even has its own scenic lookout spot with two extra benches. After setting up camp, we did a day trip to North Light Creek beach to get water and do some fishing. The water access was great, but the was little fish to speak of. We did some more exploring and then headed back to our site. Later in the afternoon we allowed some late arriving hikers to share our site since most were already taken. Preservation point only allows 2 tents but the site is big enough for more.

On day 2 we planned to spend the night on a Trout Bay site, but our early arrival on trout bay and heavy rain, convinced us to catch the 12pm ferry off the island as opposed to spending the entire day hanging out in our tent (the ferry will make multiple trips to get everyone across). This was a great trip, even with the rain. The bugs were present on our trip but seemed worse on the East Rim. The West Rim had fewer bugs and was by far the more scenic part of the island (Trout Bay excluded). I would recommend spraying your gear and clothes with Permethrin the day before to keep the bugs at bay (this really helped us). I would also add that the hike is pretty tame, not too many up and downs (seems like this route should be rated "Moderate" instead of "Hard").

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Bring bug spray. Those misquotes are crazy.

backpacking
4 months ago

great trip. as others have said be sure to have plenty of water. northern campsites do not have water access.

beautiful area - Already planning to go back for more time!

backpacking
11 months ago

Few campsites. I do recommend reserving your spot online before going. I had to find my own spot. The hike itself is fairly easy. Not a lot of uphills (which is great). Good hike over all. I rate the hike somewhere in between easy/medium difficulty.

Actually, my girlfriend and I hiked this trail and we ended up putting in 37.8 miles this is the most beautiful hike I've done so far it was absolutely perfect!

11 months ago

Very nice hike and the trail is well marked.

Northern point campsites are absolutely stunning. Great rangers with great information as well.

We started at the south bridge and went all the way to Lake Superior. Took us 4 hours. Need to be strong and in fairly good shape. The river itself has very little current. And winds a lot. Places to stop along the way for a quick snack and break. Going all the way to Lake Superior was part of our adventure, to say we did it. I recommend Northwoods Kayak and canoe rental. I also recommend the south bridge to the north bridge. About 2.5 to 3 hours. Skip the trip from the north bridge to superior.