Backpacking Isle Royale National Park
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.