Explore the most popular hiking trails in Isle Royale National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
2 days ago

It was horrible never do this hike.So disapointing

backpacking
11 days ago

Best backpacking trip I've experienced - Did the Feldtmann loop, including the Huginnin Cove trail. Magical 48 miles.

Thru-hiked Isle Royale via the Greenstone last summer and it was a life changing experience.

Completed this hike last year while on the island. Absolutely amazing.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a great trail to the tower. I didn’t have GPS signal until I reached the tower, so I was unable to track it. It’s mostly up hill so set your trekking poles short and and enjoy the climb. The view is stunning. Wind made it a bit chilly in mid August.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an amazing hike and a part of Isle Royale that should not be missed. Do yourself a favor and go all the way to the point. Bring a lunch and some water, you’ll not want to leave. The hike is easy/moderate and the views are stunning. There are a few side trails that even make it more spectacular. Take them. And also keep your eye open for moose. I saved this for the end of my 52 mile hike on Isle Royale. Dropped my pack at the dock and set off on this amazing trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Indian Portage Trail goes from McCargoe Cove to Chippewa and is used by the canoe and kayakers as well as the back packers. you'll see signs with a P on the trail which show them where to take in and out. I was impressed. some of these trails can be pretty steep, and carrying a canoe music be quite a challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

We only had a couple of hours to spend around Windigo, so this seemed like a decent option.

In mid August you'll find an abundance of thimbleberries, along with a couple of other non-edible berries in season, so be sure to educate yourself before you do any berry picking.

Well-kept trail with a nice mix of scenery. No moose sightings for us, but I'd imagine that the overlook at Grace Creek wouldn't be a bad place to look for some.

Did this with two friends in early August 2017. Had a fantastic time, although this was our first major backpacking trip so we all carried too much food/gear and our packs were all 50+ lbs.
Compared to local Detroit trails, the Greenstone is physically demanding, but compared to most mountain trails, it really isn't that bad. The terrain is never really flat - it's constantly either up or down slope, but it is rarely steep.

We had a lot of fun stargazing and seeing the Perseids meteor shower. There wasn't much light pollution at all, but there were lots of high altitude airplanes flying by, which kind of ruined the remote feeling while stargazing.

The trail goes through multiple types of forests and it goes from easier to harder as you head from West to East.

2 months ago

Saw big moose on the trails

We did the loop counter-clockwise in 3 days. Trail was exactly what I expect of a backcountry, primitive trail. Low to no maintenance, bring waterproof clothes to avoid getting drenched by morning dew/rain. Bugs were not bad when we were there, but bring a bug net to be safe. Expect muddy spots. Difficulty is comparable to the Superior Hiking Trail.

Day 1 we did Windego to Feldtmann lake. Feldtmann lake is a great place to spot moose, fairly easy hike in, campsites with no picnic tables. Day 2 was Feldtmann lake to Siskwit Bay. There were 2 shelters, individual campsites and a fire ring on the beach. Day 3 was Siskwit Bay back to Windego (Washington Creek). Climb up Sugar Mountain was the most elevation gain of the trip. Campground has 15(ish) shelters along the bay where moose like to feed on seaweed.

Beautiful island! Worth every blister and bug bite!

This is the worst maintained trail I have ever been on. About half of it you are bushwhacking through tall grass and plants. Luckily there was no rain when we were there, but if it had rained you would be soaked from the plants. Seeing a couple of moose was the highlight.

A nice stretch which serves as an alternative to crossing the entire island. Not an especially difficult trail except the length and environmental conditions typical of the region. Downhill grade from the fire tower. It does not appear that many people hike this section. Obviously this trail in not in the vicinity of Mohawk, Michigan as is currently indicated in the description.

Completed loop counter clockwise in 3 days two nights. Trail is tough in terms of rocks and roots so a lot of time is spent looking down instead of enjoying the scenery. Rainbow cove trail near Feldtman Lake is a must. Island mine trail under water in parts so need to hike along “beach”. Mosquitos were not bad. Water clear. Beautiful scenery.

rained 24 hr straight on this section for us

The terrain is actually pretty flat, so the difficulty rating is more based on the distance than the actual trail. It rained for the entire week we were there which made for a challenge. Definitely come prepared for cold and rain. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees, so don't expect epic scenery for the entire hike. Moose are a common sight.

on Lane Cove Trail

backpacking
4 months ago

Probably one of the prettiest campsites I’ve ever seen. Great hike. Backpacked in June 2017

Beautiful trail and great geology! It is a nice mix of forest and lakeshore, the water crystal clear, pristine, and chilly even in August!

hiking
7 months ago

This loop is great for either: A) a moderate full day loop, or B) as I did it, a leisurely two day hike with an overnight stay at the cove. The camp has numerous sites that are fairly well spaced out, and is pretty well situated for sunsets. You can take a brief walk off trail to get to a nice cliff-side view of Superior and Canada, or even go for a bone-chilling swim. Would definitely come back!

Worth every mosquito bite, leach bite and mud pool crossing. 5 kids and I had a great 3 days backpacking across the island and ended with 3 days of kayaking and boating from the lodge. Definitely bring your water filter, mosquito netting, and some hiking poles for the mud. Captain Bill was a gem.

I completed the loop in 3 days and 2 nights. each day had it's own difficulty.
I took the loop clockwise.
day one windigo to Siskwit Bay was extremely flooded and some parts of the trail were completely understand water. be sure to water proof and bring extra set of clothing. Siskwit Bay was a completely full campsite due to it being a popular spot for boaters to camp after fishing. A group shared their campsite with us and even some of the fish they caught.

Day 2 Siskwit Bay to Feldtman Lake was decent hike except the first two miles were in a marsh and the trail was overgrown. Mosquitoes are huge and don't care how much bug spray or layer of clothes you wear. They fought through and bit anyways. the tower was a great pit stop and photo op. the rest of that day was extremely pleasant.

Feldtman to Windigo was difficult not because the trail was hard but because there was several times the trails forked out it wasn't included in the map. we had to backtrack several times.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
11 months ago

Super easy hike if you can find the trial offshoot. But very beautiful cove. You can lay on the rocks long after sunset and feel the heat. Also a great place to see moose around sunset if you're quiet.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Short and sweet with a rewarding view at the end.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Most of the trail is hiking through the woods. Near the cove you start hiking near the coast and the views are pretty. Path is pretty well laid out, just narrow.

Sept 2nd to Sept 8th. no bugs. few wolf tracks. lots of moose tracks. saw one moose. trail is wetter than I thought it would be. Rained every afternoon. take rain pants. plants on side of trail stay wet for quite some time. awesome hike. I felt best part of hike was between Look Out Lousie and Ishpeming Point. could see better views.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

*We only completed the portion from Windigo to Feldtmann Lake as that was where we were camping for the duration of our stay.*

A subtle, intimate hike. It doesn't cross the island, so you're even less likely to run into anyone else (in exchange for fewer overlooks/views out into the island). The Grace Creek Overlook at about 2 miles is especially beautiful, and really the only steep/strenuous part of our hike. The first portion from Windigo takes you along the lakeshore over gnarled roots, while further inland you pass through sections of spruce and enormous ferns.

The 8 mile stretch from Windigo to Feldtmann also puts you close to the .8 mile hike to Rainbow Cove, with a breathtaking panorama of the water.

We spotted 3 Moose during our 3 day, 2 night stay, so hopefully others get just as lucky!

backpacking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Coming off of the Greenstone Ridge it's very steep and rocky with lots of switchbacks. I almost didn't do this trail because of the "hard" rating. I'm so glad I did anyway! It was my favorite part of Isle Royale. I'm an intermediate hiker at best in average shape. I didn't think it was that bad. The campsites are spectacular! Saw a black fox and moose tracks. The loon calls are magical. Getting back up on the ridge is a little tough but doable and totally worth it.

This is a great hike- we did an entire loop of 48 miles back to rock harbor, but a stop at Moskey basin is a must. There were huge white swans and tons of otters! It was a great place to take a break and relax. The night before we stayed at Daisy Farm which was a luxury because there were shelters. My now husband actually proposed to me at Daisy Farm, so I love it there a bit more because of it. Overall, it's a gorgeous hike! We had a blast and would do it again in a heart beat.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice trail with great views. A ranger recommended this route in lieu of the Rock Harbor trail as being easier, being the end of our trip. We started from the Three Mile campground, went along the Rock Harbor trail, crossed over to the Tobin trail at the connection at Suzy's Cave, and then continued to Rock Harbor for the ferry, which gave us views from both trails. The Tobin trail's ease (less rocky) was welcome at the conclusion of five days of hiking with full packs and two kids.

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