hiking

backpacking
22 days 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
30 days ago

backpacking
30 days ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

Bring bug spray. Those misquotes are crazy.

backpacking
3 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
9 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!

9 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.

long walk but worth it

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike if your able to hike for a long distance. The whole loop is just over 20 miles long not 10. However we did the historical loop which was a little over 12 miles and had very beautiful views of the beaches and cliffs. Make sure to bring lots of water the drinking spots are all located in a close area and as you get further into the island there isn't any drinking water

hiking
11 months ago

My wife and baby hiked this trail. I would consider it moderate. The end featured a bridge. I was only upset because we could not find the waterfall.

walking
11 months ago

Lots of insects jumping into the eye even though we used insect repellent. But very beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Gorgeous! Michigan is anything but boring.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Beautiful Island...especially North Beach if you can make the jaunt (we biked/camped).

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

As someone else has mentioned the trail is around 22 miles long not 10. The trail is well marked and the loop takes you through a very nice hardwood forest. The northern part of the trail brings you into sand uphill terrain which makes it fairly hard to hike but the view of the northern beach is well worth it.

hiking
Saturday, February 27, 2016

hiking
Saturday, November 14, 2015

This article says 10.9 miles, but the full loop (around the rim of the island) is more like 21 miles. Some slight incline and decline, pretty well maintained trails and stunning views of Lake Superior along with the island's sandstone cliffs. On clear days, can see Pictured Rocks from northeastern cliffs. Depending on the time of year, could be very buggy. Be sure to fill your water vessels while on the south end of the island.