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2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:43 am
by Tom
A new year brings us a new trip log!

Once finalized as best as possible, post your itinerary, and then look around the list at who may else be enjoying a trip at the same time. It's a great opportunity to make new friends on the isle.

If you have questions or want feedback on your planned trip, consider posting your questions on the Trail and Campsites (viewforum.php?f=4) and Canoeing, Kayaking, & Fishing (viewforum.php?f=5) subforums.

We also have a visual calendar (app.php/calendar) to post the simple schedule, as well.

When you return, we hope you share your experience with a Trip Report!

Please copy below and post your plans in the following format:

Name:
Email: (at)
Hometown:
Arrival Date:
Departure Date:
Coming From/Via:
Itinerary:
Notes/Other:

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:19 pm
by Nick
Nick
DeTour Village
5/5/18
5/20/18
From Grand Portage
Plan on getting dropped of at Chippewa Harbor, eventually paddling over to Malone Bay. Once I complete that paddle, I will have circumnavigated the island and will have hiked every trail on the island, some more than once. It's only taken me 40 years!

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:27 am
by torpified
Editted: Now it's an actual plan!!

Who: torpified and her (fiercely attached to furniture, especially beds and toilets) husband
Where (now): Ann Arbor, MI
When: early June
How: the Ranger
Scheme:
Days 1 and 2: enjoy the furniture in RH, with breaks for dayhikes and canoes.
Day 3: Voyageur to Chippewa Harbor; walk to McCargo; hopefully nab a tastefully appointed shelter
Day 4: Walk back to RH
Day 5: Ranger back to Houghton

Notes: If you have tips on selling those fiercely attached to furniture to the less furnished stretches of IR, please share them! Also, it remains my aspiration to SEE AN OTTER!!

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:32 pm
by JerryB
Name: Jerry B, and brother
Email: (at)
Hometown:Oak Park IL
Arrival Date:5/16
Departure Date:5/20
Coming From/Via:Grand Portage
Itinerary:McCargo--Three Mile--Moskey--Chippewa
Notes/Other:

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:59 am
by chief54
Chief
Templeton,Ca/Fairbanks,Alaska
6/8-6/15
Ranger/Sea Plane
Daisy,Windigo,Rock,Daisy,Rock

Will be using water taxi and Voyageur to base camp. Will be bringing out a lot of camera gear for Milky Way images among others. The second time at Daisy will be using off trail backcountry camp permit to stay up by fire tower to hopefully get some Milky Way,sunrise/sunset images from high on island. This will be first time bringing all my camera gear, Go Pro, waterproof Nikon and 2 Canon DSLR's, tripod etc. Too much weight to backpack. Have always brought disposable, point and shoot cameras. This time all the gear with a little luck it will be clear at least one night.

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:24 am
by thesneakymonkey
Name: Ashley and Matt (aka Husband_Wife_OutdoorLife on youtube)
Hometown: Mid Lower Peninsula
Arrival Date: End of July
Departure Date: Early August
Coming From/Via:IR seaplanes (Hancock)
Itinerary:
  • Drop off via seaplane @ RH then hike to DF (7miles)
    DF to MB (3.9)
    MB to CH (6.2)
    CH to WCB (7.9)
    WCB to TH (9.3)
    TH to LT (7.0)
    LT to N. Lake Des (5.7)
    NLD to WC -- (12.6)
    WC -WC (zero day or day hike around HC loop)
    WC-home
Notes/Other: We will be filming this one again! Dropped some poundage on our baseweight to work out how we are going to carry 10 days of food!

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 am
by zims
Name: Zims
Email: (at)
Hometown: Blanchardville
Arrival Date:05/30
Departure Date:06/03
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage
Itinerary:
Voyager to Windigo
feldtman loop
to Washington Creek
Grand Portage
Pizza at Sven and oles


Notes/Other: Affirmative.. booked and ready to rock n roll with a minus 20 sleeping bag

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:52 am
by cadenparulski
This is my first time going a big solo backpacking trip like this- I have adequate hiking and camping experience and I am in pretty good shape, but I would still like some feedback on my planned itinerary. It's not really one I've seen in any of the research that I've done.

I plan on taking the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor, arriving May 14th and departing May 18th (so ~4 days and 4 nights)
Day 1: RH to Moskey- 11 miles
Day 2: Moskey to Hatchet Lake- 13 miles
Day 3: Hatchet to McCargoe- 8 miles
Day 4: McCargoe to 3 Mile: 12.5 miles
Day 5: 3 Mile to RH, plus Scoville Point (barring time)- 3 miles + ~4 miles

Is this doable? I've done a bit of pre-packing and I'm planning for my pack to be about 35ish pounds. I know the weather will probably be rainy and it'll get cold at night. I have everything waterproof I need, and a sleeping bag rated to 0.0F. If these 10+ mile days seem like they are a big stretch because of trail conditions or pack weight, please let me know because I have made shorter itineraries as well. I just want to see as much of the island as I can.

Mod Note: Discussion of cadenparulski itinerary moved to the "Trails & Campsites" subforum.
Link ---> viewtopic.php?f=4&p=23727#p23724

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:34 pm
by Tortuga
Name: Josh
Email: (at)
Hometown: Chicago
Arrival Date: 5/14
Departure Date: 5/25
Coming From/Via: Copper Harbor
Itinerary:
14-May ROCK HARBOR DAISY FARM
15-May DAISY FARM MCCARGOE COVE
16-May MCCARGOE COVE TODD HARBOR
17-May TODD HARBOR LITTLE TODD
18-May LITTLE TODD NORTH DESOR
19-May NORTH DESOR WASHINGTON CREEK
20-May WASHINGTON CREEK SOUTH DESOR
21-May SOUTH DESOR HATCHET LAKE
22-May HATCHET LAKE WEST CHICKENBONE
23-May WEST CHICKENBONE MOSKEY BASIN
24-May MOSKEY BASIN THREE MILE
25-May THREE MILE ROCK HARBOR

Notes/Other: This will be my longest and earliest trip to the island. Usually I go for 5-8 days after Memorial Day, but this year I'm thinking about taking the first Queen over. I'm planning for cold temps, lots of rain, and dead-fall the whole way. I'm planning long days but I'm over 40lbs lighter than the same point last year and have daylight on my side. I usually wake up with the sun and am on trail by 7:30-8:00 AM, so on the longer days assuming 1-1.5 miles per (typical pace is 2-2.5 on previous trips) hour I'm still in camp before 7 PM.

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:27 pm
by Kevinl
Name: Kevin Langton
Email: (at) kevinjlangton@gmail.com
Hometown: Mankato MN
Arrival Date: 5/5 (first boat!)
Departure Date: 5/10
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage/Voyageur dos
Itinerary: Get dropped off at McCargoe Cove and take a cabin. We will base camp here and run trails. Eventually we will transition to Chippewa Harbor where we will get picked up.
Notes/Other: It's a runcation. Cover as many miles as we can or desire while base camping at McCargoe Cove.

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:10 pm
by LunaHiker
Name: LunaHiker and Boyfriend
Hometown: Traverse City
Arrival Date: 06/07
Departure Date: 06/11
Coming From/Via: Hancock on the sea plane

Itinerary:
(Arrival) Rock Harbor to Lane Cove
Lane Cove to McCargoe
McCargoe Cove to Moskey Basin
Moskey Basin to Three Mile
Three Mile to Rock Harbor, and then the Scoville Point trail (Depart)

Notes/Other: This is our first backpacking trip! We both love the UP (I went to MTU) and I am counting down the days until we can move back to Houghton!

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:24 pm
by cstorch1
Chuck and Joseph
San Marcos, TX
Our first time on the Island.
June 15-20 via the RangerIII

We plan on hiking a lot...Lane Cove, Moskey, Daisey Farm.
We've been looking at maps and Google.

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:48 pm
by MikeT
Name: Mike & Nancy T. and Dad
Email: mike@isleroyale.info
Hometown: Port Sanilac, Michigan
Arrival Date: 5/5 (First boat)
Departure Date: 5/13
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage / Voyageur
Itinerary:
McCargoe Cove
Birch Island
Pickerel Cove
Belle Isle
Rock Harbor (via Voyageur)

Notes/Other:
- Returning after not going to the island last year (first time I've not gone there since 2006).
- Goal of getting my Dad to Belle Isle and Crystal Cove, it has been on his bucket list. He is very into history and he will love it there.
- I want to get back to Pickerel Cove. One of my favorite places on the island to sit and take it all in.

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:10 am
by FF7Cid
Name: Rob
Hometown: Minneapolis
Arrival Date: Memorial Day
Departure Date: Early June
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage
Itinerary:

Feldtmann Lake
Siskiwit Bay
Island Mike
Lake Desor South
Washington Creek

Notes:

First time to Isle Royale and first long hiking trip.

2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:04 pm
by Cycletrekyak
Name: Joe and Joey
Hometown: Cedar Lake, IN
Arrival Date: June 5th
Departure Date: June 9th
Coming From: Houghton, Michigan

Itinerary:

Rock Harbor
Daisy Farm
McCargoe Cove
Lake Richie or Moskey Basin
Three Mile
Rock Harbor

Notes:
First time on Isle Royale and hoping to make it a yearly visit. Coming with a friend and 13 year old son. My main goals are to get my son interested in backpacking and to get away from my phone.