July Backpacking Trip

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July Backpacking Trip

Post by kolo » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:39 pm

I have been to Isle Royale eight times, all in June. I already did a canoe trip there this summer, in June. I need another fix and I am considering a backpacking trip in July.

My question is: How much more busy is the isle in July compared to June? I am spoiled and like getting nice camping spots without much competition! I know the isle is busier in July and August, compared to June. I have read the stories about people getting off the boat at Rock Harbor and racing to get camping spots at Daisy Farm. If I backpack from McCargoe Cove to Washington Creek, will I have to depend on the kindness of others at every stop along the way?

My tentative itinerary is McCargoe Cove>Todd Harbor>Little Todd>Hatchet Lake>South Desor>Island Mine>Washington Creek. I will be traveling solo and coming from Grand Portage. Thank you in advance for your input!


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Re: July Backpacking Trip

Post by JerryB » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:09 am

It has been a while since I was there in July, but I think you will be ok. You have a coupe of things going for you:
--Flexibility on first site: either stay at McCargo if you get a good shelter (and leave early in the morning for Todd to up the odds of a good site there) or head out to Todd right away.
--Little Todd is off the beaten path somewhat
--I think Hatchet is often bypassed because it is so close to Todd H, so that should help.
--I.M. is pretty big and all the sites are in the woods. Also, you can always skip it if full (or low water)

I did a similar trip a while back but instead of Desor, etc., I went to Chippewa and Moskey and caught the Voyageur.

Enjoy!

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Re: July Backpacking Trip

Post by Ingo » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:25 am

FWIW, most of my trips have been in July and only once have I shared a campsite (at Huginnin). Have seen full campgrounds, but never that bad.


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Re: July Backpacking Trip

Post by kolo » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:24 am

JerryB and Ingo, thank you very much for your insight! It is exactly what I was looking for.

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