From the Daisy Farm Campground along the shores of Rock Harbor a 5.1-mile loop hike is a popular route. Hikers may leave the campground heading northwest on Daisy Farm Trail which carries them to one of the lowest points along the park's backbone trail, The Greenstone. However, many choose to take the more challenging route northeast on Mt. Ojibway Trail where scenic views unfold much sooner.
Leaving the campground on the Mt. Ojibway Trail, hikers encounter habitats of black spruce and balsam fir dappled with open areas of thimbleberry and white pine. The native thimbleberries growing in the area are identified by their erect, thornless shrubby nature averaging 3 to 6 feet in height. Upon climbing Ransom Hill, 880-feet elevation, hikers are afforded wonderful views of what lies ahead, Greenstone Ridge. The trail descends Ransom Hill coming to Tobin Creekbed then starts its steep, yet scenic climb up the backbone ridge. This segment of path, Mt. Ojibway Trail, ends at Mt. Ojibway, elevation 1,136 feet. The lookout tower, presently used for monitoring air pollution, affords some of the best views of Greenstone Ridge and its surrounding lakes including Angleworm Lake and Lake Benson. Head west on Greenstone Ridge Trail to continue the loop back to Daisy Farm Campground. From Mt. Ojibway to Daisy Farm Trail, the distance is 1.5 miles over mostly open ridgeline. The enjoyable southern views of Angleworm Lake and Lake Benson continue. Upon reaching the junction with Daisy Farm Trail, the campground lies 1.9 miles south over a series of ridges including the western edge of Ransom Hill. The trail then emerges into swamplands and low-lying areas rich in native plant life that include such notables as bog laurel, Labrador tea, and tamarack.
Directions: From Daisy Farm Campground, Located west of Rock Harbor along the Rock Harbor Trail, the campground can be reached by boat or foot.
Elevation: 1,136 feet
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Distance: 5.1 miles
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