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Grand Island Loop is a 21.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Munising, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 21.2 mi Elevation gain 1,026 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bike touring Bird watching Beach Cave Forest Lake River Views Bugs Muddy Fee
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The island has a number of trails and designated camping zones, sites cost $8. Reservations for campsites must be made at recreation.gov

Plenty of parking at the ferry launch.

You have to take a ferry that costs roughly $15 per person and once you get to the island, you camp just about anywhere you like.

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Terri Bugni
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Mountain bikingMuddyRockyWashed out

We rode the 21 mile perimeter of the island. Even though the trail was rocky and washed out in several places, the views were incredible! The western side of the island had great views of Lake Superior. We were there on a very windy day and got some nice pics of whitecaps on the lake. It must have rained recently because the trails were muddy but that just added to the fun. Plenty of places to stop and enjoy which is a good thing because of the hills. Almost felt like it was uphill both ways! It took us four hours and that was a moderate pace with several 5-10 minute stops.

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Tom K
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HikingFeeMuddy
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Patience Sprow
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Sparks Fam
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BackpackingGreat!

We backpacked for (5d/4n). Hiked to and stayed one night at Roads End. Quiet (unless the wind is roaring off the bay), off the path, with a pretty decent view of the by. Day two we hiked up to North Beach, and stayed at Shelter Ridge for two nights. Shelter ridge was an amazing camp site, although it is a bit close to the trail. It was nice to have a day to relax on the beach. Plus, it was nice enough for us to take a dip in Lake Superior! Day four we stayed another spot, Hemlock. It’s way off the trail, and has a beach. While both stair access points were out of service, there is a path cut out across from the firewood cubby. This beach is pretty rocky, but pretty nonetheless. Hiked out the morning of day five. Had an amazing time on the island, and can’t wait to visit again!

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Andrew Shortslef
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Hiking

couldn't ask for a more easily navigated trail. started at 650am or so. gorgeous views on the north side. No bears.

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John Metzler
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HikingGreat!

A friend and I, both over 60, hiked the Loop at a very relaxed pace, arrived Monday for the 3:30 ferry, left Thursday on the 9am ferry. We did, roughly, 3 miles, 8 miles, 8 miles, and 2 miles. Potable water is available at Juniper Flats (mile 2.9) and Murray Beach (Mile 18.5). North Light Beach is easy access to Lake Superior for water at the north end. There are some small streams along the way as well. We were able to squat at Juniper Flats and Murray Beach (both are group sites), camped in the woods about 1/8-mile from North Light Beach because all established sites on the north end of the island were taken. Had beautiful weather, no bugs, probably saw 30 hikers and bikers over the time we were there. Trails are very easy, many are old tractor tracks or dirt roads.

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Sean Adams
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BackpackingGreat!

Had an awesome 3 day, starting late Thursday taking the loop from left to right. Trails were mostly good, nothing concerning. Bikers were pleasant and courteous. Freighter view has an brilliant view. Highly recommend this loop for a fun weekend trip. Only down side, colors haven’t started yet.

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Dylan Masko
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BackpackingGreat!Muddy

This was a great hike! Broke it up into two days and random camped one night after hiking 12 miles of the loop the first day. The trail is a mix of dirt road, two tracks, and some thinner sections. Wouldn’t exactly call it a difficult trail. It’s fairly easy to complete it in two days. The amount of cliff views was unexpected. If your looking to find a less trafficked trail than the North Country Trail along the Pictured Rocks, this one is for you!

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Garrett Packer
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BackpackingGreat!

We did not hike the loop, but we camped out on the island and had an amazing time. The hiking trail goes along the coast with great views all the way. The campsites are buried in the forest so you have some seclusion and deep forest camping feels. Definitely would recommend a Grand Island camping adventure.

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Sonja Clifton
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Mountain bikingMuddyWashed out

We biked this trail Labor Day Weekend. It was strenuous due to the elevation gain. Had to walk the bikes several times. The views on top of the cliffs were amazing and it was great biking along the water. Didn’t have time to visit Trout Bay so we’ll definitely be going back.

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kia vang
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AllTrails User
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Phenomenal

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Scott Altman
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Hiking

Awesome

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Jeffrey Rabe
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Hiking

Fun long ride. Took 9am ferry and we were back by 215pm. Fewer stop off points for pictures than I was hoping. It’s a strenuous ride with 2-3 breathtaking views. Lot of trees. No bugs.

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Timothy Ryan
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Hiking

nice and easy trail

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Eric Torres
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Hiking

this was a great trip! 4 adults 7 kids did the entire loop! unfortunately we didn't see any bear.

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nathan rains
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the grand island loop is amazing. The forest views mixed with plenty lake superior vantages was exactly what I was looking for. The trail itself is a mix of forest roads and two track paths that follows the edge of the island all the way around (except for the thumb). Bugs were not an issue for us as it was mid August, windy, and only about 65 degrees, but they definitely can be brutal so still go prepared. We biked the loop, lunched near gull point and explored a few of the western rocky/pebble beaches. if you are on the fence about this trail and are in the area, I say do it!! you won't be upset!

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Callie Jensen
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BackpackingBridge outBugs

My friend and I just finished this trail and had a great time. We had no problem, even with her limited hiking experience so it was a great route for first time backpackers. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. We spent our first night at gull point and were originally planning on random camping for a second night but ended up finishing the loop and taking the ferry back on day 2. Great views the whole way! Biggest issues were the bugs (no surprise) which were still bad despite tons of bug spray and reapplication... noticed it being the worst around north beach, but other than that I would definitely recommend this trip to others!

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Marc Garris
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Hiking

Great out of the way place to start the kids backpacking and hiking.

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Brett Kuhn
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Very relaxing and hardly moderate trail. No steep elevation and lovely scenery all the way around. Some spots are through the woods with no overlooks for a mile or two but we had an excellent time camping at an overlook on the north side of the island near frieghtviewers campsite. We hiked about 13 miles day one clockwise from the ferry with a pit stop in to the lake. Absolutely love the seclusion once you get a few miles into this relatively EASY trail. Spent day two walking back and hanging out on the beach for a few hours before making one of the last ferries back. 11/10 would recommend

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tyler grissman
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Grant Garbinski
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HikingBugs

Grand Island is fantastic. The lower third of the island is VERY buggy, so plan accordingly. I stayed two nights, one at Gull Point and the other at Hardwood. Highly recommend Gull Point as it was one of the best sunsets I’d ever seen! Shelter Ridge and Preservation Point looked like the two best though. The views and beach on the north end of the island are incredible. Echo Lake is cool, but skippable. Also, the bridge on the north end is most definitely usable... Have a Grand time!

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Elizabeth Zelaya
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Great trial, it was quite difficult especially if you are beginner like me. Be sure to go with time, lost of water, and food. We got there in the 11 am ferry and finished at 5:50pm right before the last ferry. There were bugs but it wasn’t crazy. I would not recommend to take the detour, it wasn’t worthy and it was very difficult to go through. The views were breathtaking tho. I can’t wait to go back with more time and camp.

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Joe Santelio
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