• Backpacking Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, MI, August 8-16, 2019

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park, Houghton, MI, August 8-16, 2019

  • 08 Aug 2019
  • 16 Aug 2019
  • 800 E Lakeshore Dr, Houghton, MI 49931

Effective on all 2019 trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel, even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park

Houghton, Michigan

August 8-16, 2019

Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart and Barb Shanks

Type of Trip: Backpacking

Trip Cost/Deposit: $688/$344

Cancellation Date and full payment: June 15, 2019

Wilderness Level:4 Very high risk with EMS more than 1/2 day away

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous:  48-50 miles. Some long days over hard / rocky trails

Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only and Experienced Backpackers Only

Overview:  Visit Isle Royale, North Americas least visited but most re-visited National Park. This will be a 9 day trip including 4 travel days due to the distance from Indiana to Minnesota. We will be backpacking the length of the Isle Royal primarily on the Greenstone Trail (with some deviations) over 6 days and 5 nights.  Our backpacking trip begins at Windigo Ranger station and will end at Rock Harbor.

Itinerary:  We will leave the Indianapolis area at 8:00 AM on August 8 and stay in a motel en-route to Grand Portage, MN.  Continue to Grand Portage the following day.  Upon arrival to Grand Portage we will visit the Grand Portage National Monument. A stop at the Heritage Center, with two floors of exhibits and a series of short feature films, will show us the importance of the partnership between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the Northwest Company during the North American fur trade.  We will take a short hike on the Mount Rose loop trail for a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay and Mount Josephine.  Stay in Motel again that night. 

On August 10 we’ll embark on the Voyager II Ferry to Windigo Harbor / Ranger Station where we register and will begin our hike.  Campsites include Desor South, Hatchet, McCargo Cove, Daisy Farm and Rock Harbor. Daily backpacking distances estimated at 7-12 miles per day.

Meals:  Leaders will furnish Breakfasts and Dinners on the trail, all lunches and snacks on the trail are the participants’ responsibility. Travel meals are on your own. More details will be provided as we get closer to our departure.

Clothing and Gear:  Prepare for rain and summer weather in the Lake Superior area.  Part of the hike will be on uneven-rock terrain requiring robust hiking boots.

Preparations:  Participants must be experienced backpackers, in good physical shape and able to hike carrying a minimum of 30lb. We will be having a mandatory overnight backpacking shakedown hike to insure we are all ready for this trip.

Trip Price:  You must pay ½ of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  Trip price includes travel expenses, three nights lodging at motels while traveling to and from Minnesota, ferry fees and daily fees to be on the island.  Food for breakfasts and dinners while backpacking will be provided, cooking and cleanup will be shared among the group


All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

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