We plan on staying at Washington Creek Campground for our 4 days there.
On the first day, as we get in at 10AM, is it feasible to hike to Sugar Mt. and back if starting at noonish?
Day 2 plans is the Huginnin Cove Loop clockwise....maybe add a couple miles on the Minong Trail and back to Washington Creek.
Day 3 plan is to Cumberland Point via the Feldtmann Lake Trail and back.
Only carrying day pack with food/emergency gear so traveling lighter than most trekking across the island.
Do any of you experienced IR trekkers see an issue with that plan that we may be missing? Maybe estimated time you think for an average hiker on those trails?
Thanks for any advice!
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- The hike to Sugar Mt is not particularly notable, and you don't get any panoramic views, but it's a nice walk in the woods (hardwood forest). It's fairly gradual up, then gradual back. The 12ish miles may be a bit much after an early morning, the boat ride, and settling in, but certainly doable averaging 2-3 mph. And if you decide to turn around early you won't be missing something you haven't seen--I'm not even sure when I crossed the "summit", it's rather indistinct.
- The Huginnin Loop has a gorgeous stretch along the shoreline.
- I don't think Cumberland Pt is very accessible without some tough off-trail bushwacking. But Grace Overlook is on the way with nice views, and the trail is interesting before and after. Like day 1, it's an out and back so you can decide when to turn around.
Be prepared for muddy trails and walking through mud holes. Also, the winter deadfall should be cleared by then, but possible that they haven't gotten to all the trails yet. Have a great trip!
And yes, love the suggestion to jump in Lake Superior on the last AM on IR. I had to do that on our visit to Grand Portage also:)
So glad we asked...your advice is very helpful!
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Not to hijack the thread but I have to hear the “treed by a moose” story.Bobcat1 wrote: ↑Mon May 06, 2019 9:09 pmYour ideas look good. Huginin cove loop has some interesting historical relics along the way, and the cove itself is a pretty little rocky cove. I might do this the day you arrive. Then days 2 and 3 could be out the Minong until you find the good overlooks and back, and out toward Feldman Lake until you get to the big overlook of the whole basin spread out in front of you. That’s where I got treed by a moose, but that’s another story.....that leaves your last morning to walk the nature trail and jump off the dock into Lake Superior to celebrate your great trip!
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Also: I want to join the chorus of people predicting that you won't be smitten by Sugar Mountain's panoramas; second the suggestion that you consider canoeing in Washington Harbor for (at least part of) a day; and join thesneakymonkey in clamoring for the "treed by a moose" story!