Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

This is a wonderful challenging hike. Enjoy the views, but stay alert. Say moose and sand hill cranes. Also the views from the ridge are stunning. Many board foot bridges. The one taking you over the beaver pond looks brand new.

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.

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.

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

on Lane Cove Trail

backpacking
3 months ago

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

The Greenstone Ridge Trail is the backbone of Isle Royale. Beginning from Mt. Ojibwa, the peak of this trail, the ridge steadily declines in elevation until near Chickenbone Lake. There are McCargoe Cove is a great campsite because it is less crowded than either E. or W. Chickenbone Lake sites. In addition, it has a communal fire pit and the cove is secluded and peaceful. This trail leads to the start of the Minong Ridge Trail.

hiking
6 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
10 months ago

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
10 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.

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.

Great trail between the Daisy Farm campground and the Greenstone ridge; lots of moose habitat along the trail. We descended the trail from the Greenstone ridge on our way to the campground. Noting the habits we passed, we got up early the next morning and hiked part way back up the trail for (successful) moose watching. Descent/ascent of the trail us very doable -- fairly gradual and not very steep.

I hiked the trail from Windigo to the Daisy Farm Trail in July. 95% of the time, you're surrounded by trees and mosquitos with none of the scenic views people keep raving about. The trail is steep and muddy. The kind of mud that's unavoidable to get through, knee deep, and sucks your boots off. I had bug bites the size of my fist on my legs, and I wore permethrin treated long pants plus insect repellent lotion on my skin.

There's no water source on the trail and no campgrounds either. This particularly is problematic because you're either going to be weighed down by extra water as you go up and down steep hills or you're going to be very dehydrated from all the physical exertion on a trail that gets very hot after 1pm. Temps ranged from 32 to 85F when I was there.

I actually enjoyed my side trips off the Greenstone to either side of the island along Lake Superior. But the Greenstone itself is awful.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Easy hike to the top of a hill that overlooks a creek and pond. Got to see a moose drinking from the stream!

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great trail through the woods. You end up on a (Minong) ridge and get an amazing view of the surroundings. Got to see a moose on my way just after the second turn-ff for Hugginin.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

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