Explore the most popular hiking trails near Houghton Twp with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Did this with two friends in early August 2017. Had a fantastic time, although this was our first major backpacking trip so we all carried too much food/gear and our packs were all 50+ lbs.
Compared to local Detroit trails, the Greenstone is physically demanding, but compared to most mountain trails, it really isn't that bad. The terrain is never really flat - it's constantly either up or down slope, but it is rarely steep.

We had a lot of fun stargazing and seeing the Perseids meteor shower. There wasn't much light pollution at all, but there were lots of high altitude airplanes flying by, which kind of ruined the remote feeling while stargazing.

The trail goes through multiple types of forests and it goes from easier to harder as you head from West to East.

2 months ago

Saw big moose on the trails

rained 24 hr straight on this section for us

The terrain is actually pretty flat, so the difficulty rating is more based on the distance than the actual trail. It rained for the entire week we were there which made for a challenge. Definitely come prepared for cold and rain. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees, so don't expect epic scenery for the entire hike. Moose are a common sight.

on Lane Cove Trail

backpacking
4 months ago

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

Beautiful trail and great geology! It is a nice mix of forest and lakeshore, the water crystal clear, pristine, and chilly even in August!

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.

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.

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.

backpacking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Greenstone Ridge is the most beautiful trail I have ever been on. The seclusion and untouched wilderness can't be matched. And seeing a couple moose was pretty cool too.

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

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

Rock Harbor Trail to Lake Richie is a great trek. Diverse terrain with beautiful views of Lake Superior, mossy forest views, wetland areas, and rocky bluffs. Lake Richie is a quiet lake where you can set up camp on one of the sites and relax on rock slabs at the waters edge watching Loon and duck.

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.

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.

camping
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great place to visit. As the Nat'l Park's flagship park and as many visitors in one season as Yellowstone received in one day, Isle Royal is a great hike. If you are looking for campfires stick to the northern campsites and bring comfortable hiking shoes as much of the walking is done on slate rock.

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 ! .

Really Great hiking destination. Stay Hydrated!

Easy First Day from Rock Harbor.

hiking
Friday, March 08, 2013

Isle Royale is a special, remote place. If you are willing to make the journey its great!

hiking
Thursday, November 01, 2012

Awesome place!!!!!

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