Explore the most popular views 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.

The trails from McCargoe Cove to Hatchet Lake are my favorite in all the park! The Minong Ridge Trail has panoramic views of Lake Superior and varied, but equally beautiful, scenery and vegetation. Todd Harbor offers a nice break and great views from the North side of the island. The Hatchet Lake Trail includes a birch tree forest that is unforgettably stunning. Hatchet Lake is a great campground because it is peaceful and the lake feels like bathwater compared to Lake Superior.

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
2 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!

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
6 months ago

Beautiful hike.

backpacking
6 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.

Short and sweet with a rewarding view at the end.

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.

backpacking
8 months ago

*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
9 months ago

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.

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.

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

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2 mile trail back to the south side of the island from Greenstone ridge. Tough hiking on the northern half as you're traveling down hill for a while. I took this trial on my last day in Isle Royale and was moving quickly as I was ready to try and catch a ferry to leave. I recall this trail about midway became hard to identify. We ended up hiking 100 meters or so in the wrong direction at one point. I don't recall any water sources on the northern half of the trail but there is some on the southern half.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The southern half the 2.4 miles trail is pretty tough as it is coming off of Greenstone Ridge. Not the most scenic of the trails but it takes you to a nice camping area in Lane Cove. The camping area in my opinion is the highlight of this hike. You'll be right on the water with a chance to get into Lake Superior. (extremely cold water btw) The red foxes and squirrels in Lane Cove will steal your food so watch out. :)

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

1.7 mile hike from daisy farm camping area. The tower at the north end of the trial provides the longest and best views and a great place to have lunch. (by far the highlight of the trail. If I recall you can see the Michigan's Upper Peninsula from the tower to the south and Canada to the north. One of the highlights from my trip.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Trail is accurately described below. It's not the premiere trail of Isle Royal but a good place to start as it connects with the harbor and ferry. Daisy farms is a roughly 8 miles into this trial and is a great place to stop for the night. Backpacking isn't the only way to experience this trail as canoes and kayaks are available to rent and you can follow the trail on the water.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great trail with views of the harbor. Part of the Scoville Point Stroll Trail which is a great 4.5 mile loop out of Rock Harbor Lodge area.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nice trail down to Lane Cove and Lane Cove camp which has five sites, all with a great view of the Lane Cove area of Lake Superior. Trail drops quickly from Greenstone Ridge with several switchbacks. Once off the ridge, there is diverse terrain with boardwalks through the wet areas. Moose use the trail too. Loon are plentiful on the water and call throughout the night. Great for sunsets.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Stayed in Rock Harbor for the last week of the season in 2015. We found hedgehog, hawks wing, chanterelle, and other edible mushrooms during our stay. An old, large bull moose came through camp, too.

on Minong Ridge Trail

camping
Friday, September 25, 2015

Tough trail. Lots of ridges, up and down and up and down.

beautiful trail that takes you right along Lake Superior. I would recommend this trail over the greenstone, as the Rock Harbor Trail is far more picturesque. Cairns on the rock faces help to mark the trail. Overall the trail is fairly flat and easy, with the exception of several rock faces which can become very slippery when wet. The rock faces are easy to traverse, but just slow movement a little as it takes more effort to keep balance.

Look for cairns on the lakeshore rock faces, as some areas of the trail are poorly marked.

hiking
Sunday, November 09, 2014

I hiked this trail with my 19 year old son after we had come off a 3 day trek of the Rock Harbor Trail at the end of June 2014. It was exceptionally beautiful like the rest of Isle Royale. The end out at Stovall Point was not as easy to follow. I would rate this as a moderate trail and not easy because of the rocky nature of the trail. We passed an older obviously out of shape couple and they were way over extended. They did not come close to finishing it. I suspect they read that it was easy.

Greenstone ridge is great HiK e!
Pack light ! .

camping
Friday, July 25, 2014

Shelters here good for rainy Days ! Take Greenstone trail to get to Hatchet

Really Great hiking destination. Stay Hydrated!

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