Greenstone Ridge Trail

Houghton, Michigan

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Isle Royale National Park's most extensive trail, following the backbone of the main island. The "Greenstone," as it's called here, is rated by many as the best of the Isle Royale hikes. The trail goes from Windigo, in the west, to Lookout Louise, in the east, traversing 40 miles of rugged beauty along the highest ridges of Isle Royale. Special attractions: Dense forest and rugged wilderness, occasional views of Lake Superior, Lake Desor, Hatchet Lake.
Hiking Michigan

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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

Isle Royale National Park's most extensive trail, following the backbone of the main island. The "Greenstone," as it's called here, is rated by many as the best of the Isle Royale hikes.

The trail goes from Windigo, in the west, to Lookout Louise, in the east, traversing 40 miles of rugged beauty along the highest ridges of Isle Royale. Special attractions: Dense forest and rugged wilderness, occasional views of Lake Superior, Lake Desor, Hatchet Lake.

©  Mike Modrzynski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Houghton
Distance: 40
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best in Summer
Local Contacts: Isle Royale National Park
Local Maps: Isle Royale Topographic Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenstone Ridge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/20/2008
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From Lane Cove Trail to West Chikenbone - LOVED IT. The ridge was definately an experience - a little chilly this time of year. Saw more moose on the trail than anywhere else on the island. Couple of places on the exposed rock where you definately have to pay attention to the rock pile trail markes. Blue green algea outbreak in Chickenbone Lake and Lake Richie means you have to filter your water elsewhere - we used Livermore, it was convenient.


2/13/2001
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This trail navigates you through extensive swamps, dense timmber, and over some fairly grueling granite hills. The trail is easy to follow and truly in great condition if one is aiming to crank out a maximum number of miles in one day. Seeing moose is almost a sure bet along this trail. They are often seen "grazing" in swamps just off the foot path. Mosquitoes/black flies are pretty much a given in Northern Michigan but if you are fortunate enough to catch a cool breeze along the ridge they will cease to bother you. Lake Desor is a great camping spot and a fairly good place to fish. My favorite time to visit Isle Royale is late September or early Ocotber when the crowds are gone and the weather is nice and cool.



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