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Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park: McCargoe Cove to Rock Harbor

Camp on sandy beaches, explore untouched forests, and listen to gray wolves howl on this 16.2-mile hike on an isolated island in Lake Superior.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 25.0

Waypoints

IRT001

Location: 48.084272, -88.722453

Optional afternoon hike: Take Minong Ridge Trail to its namesake mine, one of the island’s old mining camps; return to WPT 1, then head S on main route

IRT002

Location: 48.087397, -88.708334

Ferry drop-off @ McCargoe Cove Campground; many offshoot creeks and water sources

IRT003

Location: 48.082481, -88.713432

L @ Y; head SE to East Chickenbone Lake Campground through dense riparian area

IRT004

Location: 48.073082, -88.693016

L @ Y; hike along island’s backbone through jack pine and rare Northern red oak on Greenstone Ridge Trail

IRT005

Location: 48.098122, -88.629448

R @ Y onto Daisy Farm Trail; views stretch to Canada from ridgeline

IRT006

Location: 48.098068, -88.619232

Cross inland bog on boardwalk, a wildlife haven for moose, fox, osprey, and most notably the Isle Royale gray wolf

IRT007

Location: 48.093483, -88.599014

L onto Rock Harbor Trail; head E

IRT008

Location: 48.092152, -88.596916

Camp @ Daisy Farm Campground; views to Rock Harbor

IRT009

Location: 48.108749, -88.554153

Siskiwit Mine Area; tiny barrier islands dot inlets ahead

IRT010

Location: 48.123367, -88.530746

R @ Y to Three Mile Campgrd.; Northern white cedars hug shoreline

IRT011

Location: 48.131905, -88.514335

Take L to explore Suzy’s Cave

IRT012

Location: 48.145317, -88.488503

Drop pack @ Rock Harbor Campground; head to lodge for well-earned meal before scheduled ferry pickup