For planning, I've been doing a lot of reading from this forum as well as few pieces from the park website and the IR subreddit. This site has been an amazing resource so far, and I'm hoping to gather a bit more insight from the collective knowledge on here. Our plan is to hike the Minong Ridge, crossing the entire island from Windigo to RH, taking the hit on the hardest part of the hike at the beginning.
Windigo -> ND-> LT -> TH -> MC -> TM -> RH
6/25 - Windigo to N Lake Desor
This is quite a haul, around 13 miles. Taking the sea plane in around 9, checking in, picking up fuel and then hopefully hitting trails by 10:30 or earlier. This would put us in N Desor sometime around 7 as best I can tell from the trails topography. I've seen a few people mention in other forum posts that they have completed this leg.
6/26 N Desor -> Little Todd
Not expecting much of a challenge here.
6/27 Little Todd -> Todd Harbor
Hopefully some time to check out the mine in the area.
6/28 Todd -> McCargoe Cove
Again not expecting much challenge here.
6/29 McCargoe Cove -> Three Mile
Longer hike here, but trying to get close to RH so the next day is not stressful to get to RH.
6/30 Three Mile -> Rock Harbor
Short hike before the 2PM flight out.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
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Day 4: lots of choices here for routing. You really can't go wrong. My totally subjective vote would be to take the trail on the east side of Chickenbone Lake, then follow the GRT along the ridge to the Lane Cove/3 mile junction. (Unless there's lightning, in which case I'd scurry straight to Daisy!)
A possible wrench in the works: Sea plane delays. So a backup plan or plans, in case the plane delivers you too late to make it to ND on day 1, would be good to have!
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A few notes on sites you have scheduled: At Todd, if you walk through group site 1 (obviously with permission), through the brush on the far side, there are huge boulders in the lake. It is a nice place to kick back and relax. Just before McCargo, make sure you check out the mine. I believe it is marked and is fun to look around. Finally, i don’t see how you can do it unless you add days, but if you have a night at Rock Harbor, the Stoll day hike is fantastic.
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If you are moving well, you can also gain a day by skipping LTH and heading straight for TH, or by doubling up on a day and skipping through McCargoe Cove.
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