Our backpacking group consists of 3 "middle aged" men. We visited the island last year, hiking the Feldtmann Loop. This year we're looking to visit the east side of the island. We'd like to do a little fishing. We enjoy time at camp as much as hiking (I.e., we're not hikers who need to hike all day).
Timeframe: Saturday August 10 – Friday August 16. We have some flexibility within that week as we all have the entire week off. Travel time for us from Chicago is 1 day each way. Was thinking to take the Queen from Copper Harbor.
RH -> DF
DF -> CH
CH -> WC – Two nights at WC to fish, day hike to MC.
WC -> RH – A big day (15 miles), but allows us relaxation time back in "civilization".
RH -> LC
LC -> WC
WC -> CH
CH -> MB
MB -> TM
TM -> RH/Boat Home
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I might even recommend trading McCargoe for Chippewa. Both equally beautiful, but Chippewa makes a better dead-end/pick up location IMHO, and if you head from LC->MC via the East Chickenbone trail, it's a wash compared to WC. It's a pretty easy walk from McCargoe to the western lobe of Chickenbone, where you could cast a line for a while and still hike back to McCargoe. (Not sure if you're planning to fish Superior or just the inland lakes, but I'll say you'll have much better luck shore fishing the inners.) Then hike to WC (short, sweet, plenty of time to fish and relax) and then have a WC->MB day, where you could pause at Ritchie and cast with time to spare.
I know McCargoe is a favorite of many here, but Chippewa is on my list of must-stay locations. Plus I know I'll hit McCargoe when I eventually hike the Minong. I thought about taking a water taxi out to CH to start this trip, but I really want to hike the length of the Rock Harbor Trail.
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Since you're looking for a more relaxed trip, you could take the water taxi to CH to start and take the RH trail back. To hit the ridge, which you definitely should also include, day hike out of DF and/or TM, which you will have plenty of time to do on that schedule.rich wrote: ↑Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:07 pmI know McCargoe is a favorite of many here, but Chippewa is on my list of must-stay locations. Plus I know I'll hit McCargoe when I eventually hike the Minong. I thought about taking a water taxi out to CH to start this trip, but I really want to hike the length of the Rock Harbor Trail.
RH -> CH (Water Taxi)
CH -> MB (Low mileage allowing time for fishing Lake Ritchie)
MB -> WC (Low mileage allowing time for fishing Lake Ritchie)
WC -> DF (Maybe Lane Cove if we're feeling ambitious)
DF -> RH
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