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by dcclark
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: End to end loop hike
Replies: 6
Views: 264

Re: End to end loop hike

jpemerick (who hasn't posted here for a long time) did something sort of similar in 10 days, but then again he has like a 20 foot stride and likes hiking a few miles before the sunrises. You might want to see his blog posts about it.
by dcclark
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First Timer perhaps 1st week of June 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: First Timer perhaps 1st week of June 2019

One more vote that an end-to-end isn't the best choice for your first trip to the island. There are some wonderful places to see on along the Superior shore that you'd be missing. McCargoe and Moskey are two of the very best in my book. Also, you might be surprised by the island's terrain. My wife a...
by dcclark
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]

Sounds like a great trip. I'm curious what the "elk call" was! Loon calls are extremely distinctive and nothing like an elk, so you were probably hearing something else.
by dcclark
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First Trip
Replies: 14
Views: 1059

Re: First Trip

Your days look mighty long to me too. I spent many years hiking and camping in the Keweenaw and Porcupine Mountains -- very similar to Isle Royale in many ways -- but I still got my butt kicked on my first trip to the island. The terrain is rougher and less "tamed" than most mainland hiking in the m...
by dcclark
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi
Replies: 7
Views: 398

Re: Potawatomi Trail in Pinckney, Mi

Thanks for putting the Potawatomi Trail on my radar -- I don't normally think about backpacking options in the southeast corner of Michigan!
by dcclark
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]
Replies: 14
Views: 1435

Re: TR: 7/29 – 8/7, 2018 [RH-DF-MB-CH-MCC-TH-NLD-WC]

Love the trip report. You're making me island-sick!

What was the diner -- Suomi? Kaleva? Both excellent choices if you haven't been there.
by dcclark
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Amygdaloid Sea Arch Coordinates?
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Amygdaloid Sea Arch Coordinates?

For mapping, I really like Acme Mapper. Click the "layers" button in the top right to change between aerial, maps, and topos. I've used those to figure out hiking topography quite often.
by dcclark
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Lodging in Houghton
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: Lodging in Houghton

We aren't all online all the time, Fastcat. ;) Midwest Ed is right on. I've stayed in every hotel in downtown Houghton. The Franklin Square Inn (which is a Magnuson) is the nicest, but not that great. Super 8 can be downright wretched depending on who else is staying there. Across the bridge, the Ra...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First Time Itinerary Advice!
Replies: 16
Views: 1323

Re: First Time Itinerary Advice!

Moskey is beautiful. It's worth staying there if you can. I've done Moskey to Rock Harbor in one day -- 12 miles. I was dragging at the end, but it was doable. Most of those 12 miles are about as flat as the island gets, but remember that it will still be rocky and rooty. If you're an experienced ba...
by dcclark
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First trip advice - staying at RH for 3 nights late Aug
Replies: 4
Views: 474

Re: First trip advice - staying at RH for 3 nights late Aug

Moose come to those who get up early. Look at lakes and swampy areas early in the morning. Of course, we saw two (!!) on the paved trail in Rock Harbor last year, so you never know what will happen.
by dcclark
Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First timer - wondering how difficulty compares to Jordan River Valley in L.P.?
Replies: 6
Views: 896

Re: First timer - wondering how difficulty compares to Jordan River Valley in L.P.?

In my opinion, you'll find the trails on Isle Royale more rugged; more rocks, roots and up & down. If it rains, the IRNP trails can get muddy & slippery. But your route is certainly doable. I like to include a rest day somewhere along the way but that's just me. And you can skip Island Mine CG if y...
by dcclark
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Web Board & Web Site
Topic: [Q] Staying logged in on Google Chrome
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Re: [Q] Staying logged in on Google Chrome

I've had this trouble a lot too, also with Chrome. I've deleted all cookies for this domain repeatedly, and that solves the problem for a couple of days -- then it comes back again. There is a bright red banner at the top of each page of the forums telling me to trash my cookies -- so I assume this ...
by dcclark
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: The must-see things?
Replies: 6
Views: 834

Re: The must-see things?

My suggestions here are pretty east-end-centric, and others can tell you more about what to look for on the west end. But there's plenty to see on the east... * My absolutely top recommendation for a fellow history buff: Spend at least a few hours at the Minong Mine (just up the hill from McCargoe C...
by dcclark
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Gaiters?
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: Gaiters?

Yes, brush along the trails can be pretty thick this time of year, and it will be wet with dew in the mornings. It can definitely soak your pants. I use rain pants, but others swear by gaiters.
by dcclark
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Mid - late August conditions
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: Mid - late August conditions

It's fantastic. Bugs are probably at their minimum. Lakes are nearly at their warmest. Expect rain, as always. Nights will start to get colder (40's are possible).