Lane Cove Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Lane Cove Trail is a 13.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Houghton Twp, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
13.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Travel Michigan, MI Economic Development Corporation, 4225 Miller Road, Ste. 4 , Flint, MI, 48507-9821, Phone: 888-784-7328 Michigan Travel Bureau, P.O. Box 30266 , Lansing, MI, 48909, Phone: 517-373-0670

backpacking
6 days 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.

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. :)

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.