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acofish
Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 10:24 AM

BACKPACKING IN MICHIGAN

My girl and I are starting to plan a backpacking trip to the upper peninsula later this summer. Any suggestions?

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 11:35 AM

Yes, but I would want to know your level of ability and desired level of comfort/rustic. I have been there dozens of times.

glyders
Glyders  (Level: 160.3 - Posts: 168)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 11:59 AM

The Porcupine Mountains are a great place to camp and hike. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

acofish
Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 12:04 PM

We are looking to do 3 or 4 nights, pack in pack out, and not see another human being. We are well equipped, in good shape and of I guess, average ability. There seem to be so many great places we don't know where to start! I appreciate any input!

Mike

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 1:45 PM

The best of the best is technically Canadian in the Eastern end of Lake Superior.

Michipicoten Island...

...is uncompromising wilderness, and offers no services of any kind to the visitor. It is uninhabited except for a small seasonal community of summer cottagers clustered within Quebec Harbour on the island's southern shore. Those with the will and the skill to make the journey, will find lighthouses, abandoned mines, shipwrecks, wild surf, arctic plants, steep cliffs and volcanic rock. It is landscape rich in history and legend, surrounded by the vast, imposing expanse of Lake Superior. If this is the kind of place that appeals to you, read on.

Isle Royale N.P. is good. Some areas are less visited than others.

Hiking the length of Pictured Rocks is a good time. Few do it. It can be pretty rustic.

Grand Island off from Pictured Rocks is quite rustic, but might have too many people in some areas.

Michigan has several Federal Wilderness Areas. All are in the U.P. except the Nordhouse Dunes near Ludington. They can offer some REAL wilderness. Here is a site to get some information on them.

http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/mi.htm

Be prepared for Black Flies until the end of June. Mosquitoes the size of small airplanes will be their most of the summer, but wane going into August.

Black bears are frequent. Also be aware of cougars, bobcats and other predators. Fishing can be awesome. I use ultralight.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 2:00 PM

I highly recommend Isle Royale. Of course, I was there about 35 years ago, but I doubt much has changed. You don't have to walk very far to be in another world.

Alice

acofish
Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 2:58 PM

Thanks, y'all! We've been looking at Isle Royale and Pictured Rocks. I'm excited about going up there! I have the feeling it will be the first of many trips to the U.P.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sun, 8th Jun '08 5:20 PM

You will not get solitude on Isle Royale. You may get close, but summer has Boy Scouts and other people up there. The fishing is good. The lakes have a lot of very hungry pike that will hit anything that hits the water...but a 28 incher like I caught still will only weight about 1 1/2 lbs.

Pictured Rocks will get you some solitude once you are passed the overnight and return folks on the ends. I recommend starting at Munising and hiking east.

If you do some of the Wilderness areas, you will get some real solitude.


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