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December 26, 2015

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park, Michigan – Day 3

Stoll Trail – Isle Royale National Park, Michigan Days – Day 3… day hiking with Tree Rider in tow Distance – Day 3 – About 6 miles total for the day, the heart of which was the 4.3 mile Stoll Trail. Total for trip – 8 miles of backpacking (Rock Harbor to 3 Mile Camp and back), plus another 8 miles of hiking (mostly Stoll Trail) Type – Once on the trail, a loop Difficulty: 4 of 10 Total score: 9 of 10

Website – Isle Royale National Park Open – April to November, 24 hours a day.

Terrain – hills, swamps, forests

Trailhead – 48° 8’45.96″N, 88°29’10.77″W (No need to look for it, the ferry [...]

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December 13, 2015

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park, Michigan – Day 2

Rock Harbor Trail and Tobin Harbor Trail – 3 Mile Camp to Rock Harbor & the Stoll Trail – Isle Royale National Park, Michigan Days – Day 2 of 2 days (plus a third day to day hike) Distance – Day 2 – 4.4 miles backpacking and a bit over 3 miles of hiking. Total for trip – 8 miles of backpacking (Rock Harbor to 3 Mile Camp and back), plus another 8 miles of hiking (mostly Stoll Trail) Type – Back part of an out-and-back, with a loop at the end. Difficulty: 4 of 10 Total score: 9 of 10

Website – Isle Royale National Park Open – April to November, 24 hours a day.

Terrain – hills, swamps, [...]

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December 12, 2015

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park – Day 1 – Michigan

 

Rock Harbor to 3 Mile Camp & the Stoll Trail – Isle Royale National Park, Michigan Days – Day 1 of 2 days (plus a third day to day hike) Distance – Day 1 – 3.5 miles backpacking and 1 mile of hiking. Total for trip – 8 miles of backpacking (Rock Harbor to 3 Mile Camp and back), plus another 8 miles of hiking (mostly Stoll Trail) Type – Out and back, with a bit of a loop at the end. Difficulty: 4 of 10 Total score: 9 of 10

Website – Isle Royale National Park Open – April to November, 24 hours a day.

Terrain – hills, swamps, forests

Trailhead – 48° 8’45.96″N,  88°29’10.77″W [...]

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December 11, 2015

Quincy Mine Hoist and Fort Wilkins – Michigan

Quincy Mine Hoist and Fort Wilkins State Park – Keeweenaw Pennisula, Michigan

Camping – Large campground located at Fort Wilkins, but jammed packed on summer weekends, so book ahead!

Description –  We had quite a drive between Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Copper Harbor, Michigan, where we’d be starting our next national park adventure.

Fortunately, the Keeweenaw Peninsula had some pretty awesome things to check out while we were on the upper part of the Upper Peninsula.  The first was…

The Quincy Mine Hoist

Website – Quincy Mine Hoist Address – 49750 US-41, Hancock, MI 49930

So, in the beginning of the [...]

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