Isle Royale National Park Greenstone Ridge Trail

Houghton, Michigan 49931

Isle Royale National Park Greenstone Ridge Trail

Isle Royale National Park: Greenstone Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Go high above this tiny Lake Superior island for solitude, views, and one of Michigan’s most incredible ridge hikes.

Lake Superior acts like a 31,800-square-mile moat that keeps the sightseers away—this island park gets fewer visitors in a year than Yosemite gets on a busy midsummer day. One 7-hour ferry plus a 42-mile trail equals zero crowds. The precious few who make it here and actually go backpacking rightfully target Greenstone Ridge, the backbone of the island and home to its highest landmark, 1,365-foot Ishpeming Point.

Thanks to boat-only access, the Greenstone Ridge Trail, which bumps along the view-draped spine of Isle Royale National Park, dishes up Alaska-style solitude. Jump in at either end (mapped here done west to east, Windigo to Rock Harbor) and emerge having snarfed thimbleberries by the handful, swum in remote lakes, and walked grassy heights with lookouts sweeping to shores 50 miles distant."

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Trail Information

Houghton
Nearby City
42
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4-5 days
Duration
Go in mid-August through September to catch the first blush of fall color and skip the park’s legendary mosquitoes and blackflies.
Season
Isle Royale National Park, (906) 482-0984; nps.gov/isro
Local Contacts
Take the ferry from Grand Portage to Windigo, on the southwest end of the island. The Western trailhead begins at the visitor center.
Local Maps