Itinerary advice for first trip?

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Itinerary advice for first trip?

Post by delaneyrae96 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:40 am


My fiancé and I are embarking on our first Isle Royale backpacking trip this June! We are both in our twenties and fairly fit with some backpacking experience.

I was wondering how this itinerary looks to you guys!

Day 1: Arrive in McCargoe Cove, 1 p.m.
Hike to Todd Harbor Campground, 6.6 miles

Day 2: Todd harbor to Desor South, 11.4 miles

Day 3: Desor South to Siskiwit Bay, 9.9 miles

Day 4: Siskiwit Bay to Feldtman Lake: 10.3 miles

Day 5: Feldtman Lake to Windigo: 8.8 miles
Arrive in Windigo by 1
Board Sea Hunter III, 1:30

I really wanted to hit some of the cool sites on the island and get a lot of hiking in! Is this too ambitious?

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Re: Itinerary advice for first trip?

Post by Ingo » Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:16 pm

If you've got the experience with 10+ miles days, it looks good. Personally I like a layover day, but other than that it's a great route. I would suggest getting going at first light on the last day--you don't want to miss the boat! And be aware that if you're early in June there may still be winter deadfall to deal with on some of the trails.
79: worked RH, 01: BI-DB-RH, 02: MC-LR-WL-CH, 05: MI-CI-MB-DF-RH-TM-RH, 09: MC-BI-DN-RH, 11: WC-HC-WC, 12: MC-CB-HL-TH, 13: RH-PI, 14: BI-ML-CI-CH-MB, 16: RH-CI-TI-RH, 17: WI-IM-SB-FL-WC, 18: MC-PC-BI-DB-RH-DF

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