2021 Trip Log - Post your planned itinerary here!

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Name: Andy and Kathryn
Hometown: Fowlerville, MI
Arrival Date: 7/20
Departure Date: 7/24
Coming From/Via: Houghton, MI

Day 1: Arrive at Rock Harbor, Go to 3 Mile
Day 2: 3 Mile to Daisy Farm
Day 3: Stay at DF, hike the Mt. Ojibway loop
Day 4: Back to Rock Harbor
Day 5: Back to Houghton on the Ranger III

This is our first trip on Isle Royale. We're both middle aged and haven't backpacked in a few years so we're keeping it easy.
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Post by Ingo »

Name: John (dad) and Laura (daughter)
Hometown: Hillsborough/Asheville, NC
Arrival Date: 6/14
Departure Date: 6/20
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage/Voyageur II

M - Rock Harbor
Tu- Merritt Lane
W - Tookers Island
Th - Caribou Island
F - Moskey Basin
Sa - Daisy Farm
(or something like that :) )

Notes/Other: Finally back after 3 years!
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, 21: RH-ML-DF-MB-DF
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Post by alicecw »

Name: Alice (plus friend)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Arrival Date: 6/25
Departure Date: 6/30
Coming From/Via: Houghton via Ranger III

Fri: Ferry arrives; Rock Harbor --> Three Mile
Sat: Three Mile --> Moskey Basin
Sun: Moskey Basin --> McCargoe Cove + afternoon hike to Minong Mine
Mon: McCargoe Cove --> Daisy Farm (via Mt. Ojibway)
Tues: Daisy Farm --> Rock Harbor + afternoon hike to Scoville Point
Wed: Ferry departs

Notes/Other: It's our first trip to Isle Royale, though I've been lurking on these forums for almost 2 years! Due to sold out ferry dates, our trip is now 1 day longer than initially planned but I didn't increased our mileage. Trying to decide whether to make a backup plan with more aggressive mileage or to just lean into the extra camp time at Moskey Basin by stocking up on e-books.
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Name: Peeps (42F) and PeepMom (70F)
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Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Arrival Date: May 22
Departure Date: May 27
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage by Voyageur II
Windigo - South Lake Desor
South Lake Desor - Todd Harbor
Todd Harbor - Moskey Basin
Moskey Basin - Lane Cove
Lane Cove - Rock Harbor
Notes/Other: PeepFamily's first trip to IRNP was in 1970 when PeepDad hiked IRNP with PeepDad's BFF and PeepGranddad.
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Post by seymourdunn »

names: Ben & Justin
from: Milwaukee & Birmingham (both originally PA)
from/to: June 8 - June 15
goals: photograph New Moon Bortle Class 1/2 Milky Way, annular solar eclipse at sunrise 6/10!, star trails, meese, loons, and wolves; & enjoy a midtrip fire at Chippewa Harbor

6/7: Fort Wilkins campground, Copper Harbor
6/8: 3 Mile, via Rock Harbor Trail
6/9: Daisy Farm, via Greenstone (or cross-country zone 12)
6/10: up to Mt. Ojibwe for annular eclipse sunrise!, then on to Moskey Basin
6/11: Chippewa Harbor
6/12: Lake Richie or Moskey
6/13: Daisy
6/14: 3M
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Post by tso972 »

Three of us are flying in to Rock Harbor on Aug. 3

RH to DF. Aug 3
MC to HL AUG 5
HL to MB AUG 6/7
SLD to WIN Aug 9

Flying WIN to Hancock AUG 10
May actually live on IR
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Post by JerryB »

Brother and me:
GP-McCargo aug. 18
Todd. Aug 19
Hatchet Aug 20
Malone Aug 21
Ferry to Windigo on August 22 Lunch at Windigo
Hugginin August 22
Windigo August 23
Back to Grand Portage August 24

The intra-island ferry allows me to add Hugginin to my list of sites (last one on the hiking trails)!
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Post by BurritoScholar »

Hello compadres! New to the forums and first-timer to the island -- very thankful for this community sharing their expertise and inside scoops.

Name: Taylor
Hometown: Hilo, Hawai'i
Arrival Date: 05/24/21
Departure Date: 05/28/21
Coming From/Via: Copper Harbor
  • Rock Harbor to Lake Richie
  • Lake Richie to West Chickenbone
  • West Chickenbone to McCargoe Cove
  • McCargoe Cove to Lane Cove
  • Lane Cove to Rock Harbor
Notes/Other: I have my fishing gear packed and am stoked to putz around these inland lakes before trying my luck in Lake Superior 8)
chief54 wrote: :D That is going to be a long day from RH to LR. I would consider stopping at Daisy Farm. Although not that long the section between DF and MB is tough whether on a hot afternoon or rainy afternoon. I call it the Mini Minong. What ever you decide enjoy

Edit: Woops senior moment missed the dates
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Post by HoosierHiker1202 »

Name: Ryan, Jason, and Ed
Hometown: Crown Point, IN
Arrival: June 20
Departure: June 26
Arriving by Seaplane at Windigo

June 20: Windigo to Island Mine
June 21: Island Mine to S. Lake Desor
June 22: S. Lake Desor to Hatchet Lake
June 23: Hatchet Lake to W. Chickenbone
June 24: W. Chickenbone to Daisy Farm
June 25: Daisy Farm to Rock Harbor Lodge
June 26: Back to reality

First time visiting the island. Primary goal is to survive the trip. Beyond that, all else is gravy.

Side note - thanks to all on this forum - we’ve been planning this trip for almost two years now due to COVID. Your suggestions and replies to my myriad questions have been greatly appreciated.
blink wrote: We should pass each other somewhere on the trail on the 22nd. It's also our first time on the island, maybe we can trade info when we meet up! :D
HoosierHiker1202 wrote: Sounds like a plan. We’ll be the group of three, wandering lost, carrying far more in our packs than we should, yet still lacking the essentials…
First and only trip (so far) - June 2021 - Windigo to Rock Harbor
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Post by JavaHiker »

Name: Javahiker, kayakwaves, Ressorp, and AJA
Hometown: NW Wisconsin
Arrival Date: 8.12.21
Departure Date: 8.17.21
Coming From/Via: GP via Sea Hunter/return Voyageur II
Itinerary: Kayak to Rainbow Cove then Atwood Beach area, and return via Rainbow Cove and Grace Island. Side trips to Feldtmann and Halloran to fish. Weather dependant itinerary in case the Boss starts to shows her moody side. With enough wine we can weather any storm....

Notes/Other: My 16th trip (6th by kayak); wife's 9th; Ressorp's 3rd, and the first for AJA.
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Post by Buckeye »

Name: Evan, Jeff and Dan
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Arrival Date: 9/1
Departure Date: 9/7
Coming From/Via: Seaplane from Hancock to Windigo
9/1: Feldtmann Lake
9/2: Siskiwitt Bay
9/3: Lake Desor
9/4: Hatchet Lake
9/5: Moskey Basin
9/6: Rock Harbor
9/7: Seaplane and home
Notes/Other: 4th time for us 3 old scoutmasters on the island together. (3rd time without scouts!)

edited to change dates...
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Post by wjblazek »

Name: Bill and Sue
Hometown: Morrison, Co.
Arrival Date: 7/10/2021
Departure Date: 7/18
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage
7/10: GP-Win pack to IM
7/11: Day hike to Mt D and back
7/12: Pack to WC
7/13: Day hike the Huginnin Cove Loop
7:14: Ferry to MC, pack to CBE via CBW
7/15: Pack to DF
7/16: Pack to MB
7/17: Pack to CH
7/18: Ferry to W & GP

1st timers to IR.
Bill has been to BWCA several times decades ago and has been looking to get to IR ever since.
We had this planned for last yet but ...
Glad to do it this year.
Complete this itinerary.
See moose.
Hear Loons! One of the greatest sounds in nature, IMHO.
See/hear as much other flora and fauna as possible!
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Post by hammb »

Name: Brian, Steve, and Jim (friends)
Hometown: Waterville, Ohio
Arrival Date: 7/24/21
Departure Date: 7/30
Coming From/Via: Copper Harbor
7/24: Arrive at Rock harbor, day hike scoville point, overnight at RH camp
7/25: Voyageur to Windigo, hike to Island Mine
7/26: Island Mine to Hatchet Lake
7/27: Hatchet Lake to West Chickenbone
7/28: West Chickenbone to Moskey Basin
7/29: Moskey Basin to 3 Mile
7/30: 3 Mile back to RH, ferry back to Copper Harbor

Complete this itinerary, we're newbs in soso shape. A touch concerned about the 13 mile day, but otherwise confident.

See moose!

See the night sky, hoping for some clear nights. 2 of us are star geeks, really hoping for some skywatching. Aurora would be an over the top treat, but doesn't look promising for that being we're in the down peak of solar activity.

Seeing a wolf 🐺 would be an amazing surprise but not expected.

Most importantly enjoy a week completely off the grid with zero tech interruptions (I'm in IT)
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Post by TopCarrot »

Name: Jordan and Ryan
Hometown: Bridgman Michigan
Arrival Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Departure Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Coming From/Via: Hancock Seaplane

Itinerary :
Day 1, 9/07 - Bridgman to Hancock last flight to Rock harbor (Run a sunset Scoville hike)
Day 2, 9/08 - Lane via the Hidden Lake dock (By taxi or deal)
Day 3, 7/09 - McCargoe
Day 4, 7/10 - Hatchet or Little Todd
Day 5, 7/11 - N Desor
Day 6, 7/12 - Windigo
Day 7, 7/13 - Windigo First flight to Hancock to Bridgman

Ryan and I did the Greenstone a few years ago and but he/we missed some of the best spots (Scoville, Franklin, Ojibway). Those and the Minong this time. Sweetness
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Post by johnhens »

Name: John and Tricia
Hometown: Big Rock, IL
Arrival Date:9/17/21
Departure Date:9/24/21
Coming From/Via: Queen
Itinerary: Kayaking Rock Harbor
Notes/Other: Weather dependent trip. Plan on staying at Tookers and West Caribou, no other specific plans.
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