- LNT Expert
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Last time I went at the very end of the season. For 2018, I want to go when it opens!
-Don Miguel Ruiz
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--There was still some snow and ice on trails--not enough to require traction devices, though-- and banks of it along the Superior shore. One day it even snowed in the air for a while! Overnight it got cold enough that I slept with my water filter.
--infrastructure: it takes the NPS a while to clear winter deadfall off the trails. They're still passable, but in many places cluttered with snags. Semi-related: I saw many, many more moose antlers than when I went in late June -- I think there's also a winter replenishment of those that get spirited away as the season progresses.
--infrastructure: services, like the shops and the lodge, aren't open yet. I expected that. What surprised me: the drinking water at Rock Harbor wasn't running yet. No big deal, because I had a water filter that hadn't frozen because I'd been sleeping with it.
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The park service clears the most heavily traveled routes first. I was warned off the Minong in late June about ten years ago. From what I understand RH to Moskey and RH to McCargoe are the first.
Plan for cold and being self sufficent and you'll be fine.