Rock Harbor Trail to Moskey Basin Campground

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Isle Royale National Park

Rock Harbor Trail to Moskey Basin Campground is a 20.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mohawk, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking.

Length20.6 miElevation gain849 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingRunningForestLakeViewsWildlifeRockyOff trailFeeNo dogs
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Isle Royale National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $7 per person. Users can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $60. Trail connecting Rock Harbor to Moskey Basin. Can be hiked as a point to point day hike if you drop a car at the end.

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Connor Essary
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Great trail did with my scout trail and you get all the views amazing time when we went in august

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Michael Demetriou
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The Rock Harbor Trail along the Lake Superior coast is a rocky route with consistently beautiful views all around. The water sparkles under the sunlight and the waves provide a calming backdrop to a hike that can be a little busy during the summer with a lot of backpackers moving in all directions but still provides space for silent reflection. The trail does kind of move up and down following the profile of the rocky shore, but there is no significant elevation gain; the rocky terrain is instead the biggest challenge, taking a toll on your knees if you are backpacking with considerable weight. Threemile and Daisy Farm are both lovely backcountry camping sites. Even though they do fill up during peak season, individual sites tend to offer some privacy. Still, it is significantly busier down here than the northeastern part of the island where we first camped during our trip and you will see lots of groups at the end of the day. Multiple day hikes can be done from both camp sites, like Mount Ojibway starting at Daisy Farm. We spent our first 2 days at Lane Cove and then used this route to make our way back to Rock Harbor; personally I would highly recommend that approach for intermediate backpackers. Overall, the route between Daisy Farm and Rock Harbor is a great choice for backpacking along the shoreline of Isle Royale, experiencing the endless glory of Lake Superior.

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Michael Demetriou
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The Rock Harbor Trail along the Lake Superior coast is a rocky route with consistently beautiful views all around. The water sparkles under the sunlight and the waves provide a calming backdrop to a hike that can be a little busy during the summer with a lot of backpackers moving in all directions but still provides space for silent reflection. The trail does kind of move up and down following the profile of the rocky shore, but there is no significant elevation gain; the rocky terrain is instead the biggest challenge, taking a toll on your knees if you are backpacking with considerable weight. Threemile and Daisy Farm are both lovely backcountry camping sites. Even though they do fill up during peak season, individual sites tend to offer some privacy. Still, it is significantly busier down here than the northeastern part of the island where we first camped during our trip and you will see lots of groups at the end of the day. Multiple day hikes can be done from both camp sites, like Mount Ojibway starting at Daisy Farm. We spent our first 2 days at Lane Cove and then used this route to make our way back to Rock Harbor; personally I would highly recommend that approach for intermediate backpackers. Overall, the route between Daisy Farm and Rock Harbor is a great choice for backpacking along the shoreline of Isle Royale, experiencing the endless glory of Lake Superior.

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Greg Forton
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This is a must for any backpacker. Go as light as you can and use trekking poles. This is not an easy hike and there and many rocks going to climb and descend along the way. Met many many great people along the way. The coffee at Rock Harbor tastes like the best in the world after this hike.

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Greg Forton
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Excellent trail. The hard is an accurate description. Many rock formations to maneuver around in addition to roots and very narrow paths. Make sure you have good grip on your shoes and if the terrain is wet be extremely careful. People are few and far between, but most shelters and sites were full at Daisy Farm Camp by the evening.

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Kenneth Lund
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One of the most stunning coastline hikes I have ever enjoyed. Most of this hike is gorgeous and hugs the coastline (everything east of Daisy Farm). You will see islets, abandoned mine pits, lighthouses, wildlife, and wonderful vistas. There is a lot of scrambling over rocks and even where there is a developed trail there is a lot of root intrusion, but it is nothing very serious. Really phenomenal area of Isle Royale National Park to enjoy. To avoid the rockiest stretch, take the Tobin Harbor Trail between Three Mile and Rock Harbor. The Three Mile to Daisy Farm stretch still offers outstanding views.

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Sarah Sierakowski
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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.

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Bryan Stallard
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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.

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Carter Doyle
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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.

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

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Brandon M
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Greenstone ridge is great HiK e! Pack light ! .

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Delwin Jacobus
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Really Great hiking destination. Stay Hydrated!

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Nick Moore
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Awesome place!!!!!

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marius indrei
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marius indrei
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Brady Mensing
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Chris Bolis
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Chris Bolis
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Jonathan Bolte
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Michael Demetriou
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Jonathan Bolte
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Chris Bolis
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Chris Bolis
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Jonathan Bolte
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Jared Homme
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Jared Homme
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Robyn Hawley
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Robyn Hawley
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