End to end loop hike

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End to end loop hike

Post by pixtory » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:30 pm

Has anyone ever done an end to end loop hike on Isle Royale - do one way on the Minong and the other on the Greenstone? Looking at the maps, it seems like it could be done over a couple of weeks. While I think doing such a thing would be amazing, I also recognize that parts of it would be torture. I'd love to hear if others have done it, or what your opinions are on it.


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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by ARRC » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:59 pm

I met a couple this past may. They where in there mid sixties and I believe did that and a bit more. Travel light and plan your food drops and you shouldn't have a problem.

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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by dcclark » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:51 am

jpemerick (who hasn't posted here for a long time) did something sort of similar in 10 days, but then again he has like a 20 foot stride and likes hiking a few miles before the sunrises. You might want to see his blog posts about it.

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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by thesneakymonkey » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:44 am

That sounds like an awesome trip. I remember reading a post on here somewhere that someone was going to do/had done it recently. Or maybe I heard it from someone on the island....cant remember. Anyways going 1 way on the minong was fun. I can imagine doing the loop would be double the fun, right?! haha

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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by pixtory » Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:41 pm

So what I'm hearing is this should be possible to do and hopefully not too difficult! After reading the blog posts, I realize the itinerary I was thinking of is much easier than his was, and I'm planning on more days. I don't think I could handle 20 mile days. So this sounds doable - thanks for the input everyone!

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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by Montana » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:47 am

Here is a blog from a hiker who did the loop in 15 days:

http://bushwhackingfool.com/2012/02/18/ ... -itinerary

If you dig into his info, you will find a report for each day's hike, great photos and plenty of useful info. He also details how he resupplied in Windigo, his gear list and food list.

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Re: End to end loop hike

Post by dmsmith » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:14 pm

My wife Marie and I did just this trip last May. (I wonder if we’re the couple AARC mentioned above... we are in our sixties.) We were on the island 12 days, collected a food drop at Windigo, and took a zero day there.

We started at Rock Harbor and took 5 days to reach Windigo via the Minong Ridge Trail, DF, MC, TH, NLD, WC. After the zero and getting our food drop, we took the Greenstone Ridge Trail back to Rock Harbor, SLD, HL, ECB, LC, TM (after hiking without packs to Lookout Louise to complete the Greenstone), RH.

The entire trip was just over 100 miles not counting wandering around Windigo. The longest days were 12.6 miles (with packs) and 14.2 miles (of which 9.6 was pack free.)

It’s was great trek that I heartily recommend.

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