Indian Portage Trail

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Elevation Gain2,867ft
Trailhead Elevation667ft
Elevation Min/Max609/809ft
Elevation Start/End667/672ft

Indian Portage Trail

Indian Portage Trail is a hiking trail in Houghton Township, Michigan. It is within Isle Royale National Park. It is 10.1 miles long and begins at 667 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,867 feet. The Lake Richie, West Chickenbone Lake, and McCargoe Cove camp sites can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands along the trail. The trail ends near the Chippewa Harbor camp site. This trail connects with the following: Minong Ridge Trail, Greenstone Ridge Trail, Chickenbone East Trail and Lake Richie Trail.

Indian Portage Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A trail over a historic American Indian portage route from McCargoe Cove to Chippewa Harbor. Islanders named this trail because of legendary use by American Indians to portage canoes along the route from Chippewa Harbor north to McCargoe Cove.

The route traces portions of the shorelines of four inland lakes on its way to the sheltered waters of McCargoe Cove. Not a difficult hike, the trail has varied terrain that will slow many hikers. Allow for a long day to enjoy this 11-mile trail. Special attractions: Inland lakes, wilderness scenery."

Indian Portage Trail Reviews

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EXCELLENT! Loved the variety of forest types visible on this trail. West Chikenbone and Chippewa Harbor campgrounds were great this time of year, and Lake Richie was a perfect lunch spot. Caught some pike, cleaned up a little in the lake, warmed up in the sun. Trail was a little wet in places, and later there was debate if Chippewa Harbor was worth doubling back 4.2 miles the next day. Lake Mason is definately a side trip worth taking.

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Isle Royale National Park
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Isle Royale National Park
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Isle Royale National Park
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Isle Royale Topographic Map
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Nov 2018