Isle Royale National Park
Includes all lodging, meals, boat transportation, park entrance fees/permits, van shuttle, leaders, trail maps and narrative.<br />
Timberline van shuttle between Houghton and Isle Royale prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline or bus service to Houghton, MI; Guide Gratuity.
** To get to Holiday Inn Express- Houghton, you will need to take a cab. (There is no airport shuttle available).
Hotel 8:30 am
7:30 pm Houghton Airport or Holiday Inn Express - Houghton
The mystique of Isle Royale beckons through the mists and waters of Lake Superior. Some of you are saying “Finally!” The rest of you are saying “Where?” The island, which is located in Lake Superior, within the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, is 45 miles long and nine miles wide and is the most exclusive national park in the continental United States. It has a permanent population of zero humans and a growing population of 1,000 moose. The island is the only national park that completely shuts down in the winter. The island has 165 miles of hiking trails and no roads or vehicular traffic.
The park is what a wilderness should look like, and the charming Rock Harbor Lodge is a welcome sight at the end of a day’s hike. During our island hikes we will keep our eyes peeled for moose, wolves, loons, beaver, fox and birdlife, which make the park their home. Lake Superior and the island’s inland lakes offer excellent fishing and photographic sites for viewing pristine forest and waterways.
In addition, the shoreline of upper Michigan offers hundreds of miles of seashore and countless national and state protected lands. We have chosen 2 gems of the area to begin our Isle Royal Hiking Tour,
On Day 1 you will be picked up in Houghton and shuttled to Marquette, but not without some beautiful hikes along the shores of Lake Superior and on Sugarloaf Mountain. We will enjoy Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Day 2 with a hike on the Chapel Loop, giving us expansive views of Lake Superior (11 miles). Tonight’s stay will be in Marquette.
On Day 3 we shuttle to Copper Harbor with several stops along the way for some excursions to waterfalls and coastlines, including a possible section on the North Country Trail which runs through the Upper Peninsula.
Day 4 begins with a boat ride to Isle Royale where we will be for the rest of the tour. We will hike Stoll Trail Loop upon our arrival and enjoy the island atmosphere.
Day 5 starts with a water taxi to Hidden Point, where we will hike to Lookout Louise, up to Mt. Franklin via Greenstone Ridge, and return to the lodge on the Tobin Harbor Trail. On Day 6 we will taxi to Daisy Farm and take the Rock Harbor Trail back to the lodge.
On Day 7, our final day, there will be options to rent a canoe or kayak, to walk the Threemile campground loop, or just sit back and enjoy the island’s beauty. After lunch, we will board the boat back to Copper Harbor and then drive back to Houghton and the conclusion of our Isle Royale National Park hiking trip.
|Day 1||Van transfer to Marquette, hike to Little Presque Isle and Sugarloaf Mountain||3|
|Day 2||Hike Picture Rocks National Lakeshore and the Chapel Loop||11|
|Day 3||Hike Hogback Mountain and Canyon Falls on the way to Copper Harbor||5|
|Day 4||Boat ride to Isle Royale; Hike the Stoll Trail Loop||4|
|Day 5||Water Taxi to Hidden Point. Hike to Lookout Louise, Greenstone Ridge, Mt. Franklin, and Tobin Harbor Trail||10|
|Day 6||Water Taxi to Daisy Farm, hike Rock Harbor Trail||7|
|Day 7||Short hike or kayak around bay, board boat back to Copper Harbor||0-5|
Total Distance: 45 miles
- Keeweenaw Mountain Lodge
- The Rock Harbor Lodge