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This one-day hike affords three very challenging ascents.

The Chippewa Indians meaning "heaven" named Isle Royale's second highest point, Ishpeming Point. It's a 4 - 6 hour hike from the popular trailhead at Malone Bay Campground. The trail travels northwest to Greenstone Ridge Trail, the park's backbone trail, reaching it at approximately 7.0 miles.

Upon leaving Malone Bay Campground (boat ramp area) head west following the paper birch shoreline of Siskiwit Lake. A 732-foot knob is the first noticeable ascent; three major climbs await. Reaching the end of the lake, a scenic boardwalk carries hikers northbound to the next ascent, Red Oak Ridge at 1,088 feet. The trail then falls to a wetland where a noticeable difference in plant material exists due to the 1936 fires. The next workout is to a 1,123-foot peak that eventually levels out along bare rock before climbing once more to Ishpeming Point at 1,377 feet. From Ishpeming Point, which is along Greenstone Ridge Trail, backpackers can venture onto Hatchet Lake, head north to Minong Ridge Trail then head east to Rock Harbor. Overnight campgrounds could include Malone Bay, Todd Harbor and McCargoe Cove.

Directions: From Malone Bay Campground, Most visitors arrive at Malone Bay Campground via water taxi arranged through the park's visitor centers.

Elevation: 1,375 feet

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Distance: 7.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

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