Greenstone Ridge Trail

Greenstone Ridge Trail, Isle Royale National Park: Address, Greenstone Ridge Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Greenstone Ridge Trail
4.5
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Rated as moderate-difficult, this forty-mile trail runs the length of the National Park and takes hikers through 900 to 1,000 feet in elevation changes.
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rglod2003
Pittsburgh, PA56 contributions
Secluded, peaceful hike - worth doing!
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I took the Greenstone Ridge trail from Lookout Louise to Mt Franklin and back - a total of 11.7 miles. We did not see a single other soul on the Greenstone Ridge trail which made it very memorable! The hiking is relatively flat and therefore fast, with cool views from either side of the ridge. In some places the trail opens to meadows where it feels warm, then dips back into the trees where you will immediately find it darker and cooler. I found a moose antler not far off the trail which was cool to photograph. If you don't have the desire to do the whole trail, you could opt for hiking a portion of it from Lookout Louise and then turning around - it is well marked. Very enjoyable!
Written June 18, 2019
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Ray W
Aurora, IL1 contribution
Island Mine to Windigo on the Green Stone
Sep 2018 • Couples
This year as part of the Feldtmann Lake loop we did the Island Mine to Windigo section of the Greenstone Ridge Trail. It was a great choice for the final leg of the loop. It’s a nice easy downhill trail, through beautiful woods. Easy crossings for streams, shaded trails and the occasional moose make it a pleasant and quick trek. Occasional views of Lake Superior through the trees as you get closer to Windigo.
Written September 14, 2018
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Dan W
Indiana485 contributions
Amazing Island
Sep 2018 • Friends
Spent 5 days, 4 nights in Isle Royale backpacking. Incredibly beautiful island - world class backpacking and camping. Can't wait to go again one day
Written September 11, 2018
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Cherie P
Pahrump, NV3,339 contributions
What views
Sep 2018 • Couples
The hike to the ridge is harder than you think but the views from the top are quite spectacular. There is so much to see and do here!
Written September 8, 2018
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Tiffany K
Bozeman, MT196 contributions
wild strawberries!
Jun 2018 • Friends
I ran this trail from Daisy Farm to the lookout through to Mt.Ojibway and Rock Harbor. I found wild strawberries all around the look out tower, and it was such a treasure! The wild lilies and irises were amazing, and the lookout really gives a sense of the shape and wildness of the island with its internal wetlands.
Written July 5, 2018
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Chaminn T
56 contributions
Not!! Top 10 most beautiful hikes
May 2017 • Couples
We chose this hike because it was rated top 10 hikes in the country. Let me tell you it was not!!! My husband and I hiked Windego to Rock Harbor on the Greenstone ridge trail and it fell very short of beautiful. Not until you come to the Daisy Farm trail or the Rock Harbor trail do you come out of the forest enough to see anything!!! Dense forests and in May not maintained trails meant a crappy hike. If people try to tell you how beautiful it is then I'm telling you they need to get out more! Save your money and see some national parks in Utah. Now that is beautiful!
Written May 22, 2017
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SandyRShaw
Trout Lake, MI68 contributions
Hiking and Canoeing and Fishing and Kayaking
Jul 2016 • Couples
An Island Park designed by God for multiple uses. Lake Superior fishers may use their own power boats or rent a boat at Rock Harbor and use the extended southwest shore which is sheltered by off shore islands. Canoeists may cross the island by a series of lakes and portages. Kayakers may make use of much of the coastline and islands. Fantastic hiking along the full length of the island with campsites on most lakes and bays. Could easily spend a week to two weeks on the main trail and trail spurs.
Written January 27, 2017
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HL_333
Thunder Bay, Canada177 contributions
A good and easy way to experience Lake Superior
Sep 2016 • Friends
Having hiked along the north-shore of Lake Superior and in Minnesota, I can state that IRNP provides an opportunity to traverse various ecosystems in a relatively easy and safe fashion. The northern portion of the trail provides much more scenic opportunities while the southern portion of the trail provides easier but diverse opportunities (there are few places along Superior where you can see maple, oak, and pine forest). The lookouts are good but nowhere near as spectacular as those provided in the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park or the Casque'il Trail. The group campgrounds are acceptable but nothing to rant about.
Written September 22, 2016
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,789 contributions
Mixed reviews - liked the north half a lot, the south half not so much
Aug 2016 • Family
Overall, this is a challenging, beautiful and quiet hike along the length of the island. I really enjoyed the north half of the hike, from Rock Harbor down to about Hatchet Lake, as you get up on the spine of the island and enjoy some really fantastic views across the island in all directions. Even in 'crowded' months like July and August, you can hike for hours without seeing anyone else on the trail. I didn't enjoy the south half of the trail as much, from Hatchet Lake down to Windigo, as the trail was decent but there wasn't much in the way of views because you're in dense forest. Plan this hike well and be prepared to make it an enjoyable experience.
Written August 31, 2016
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LSUTraveller
Denham Springs, LA1,635 contributions
Great hike - easy too
Aug 2016 • Couples
Only up to about 1300 feet in elevation change, this is a great and easily accessible hike from Daisy Farm, Three Mile, Tobin/Rock Harbor and most places in the eastern part of the island. It transacts the island E-W from Windigo to Blake Point. Beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife to be seen on this hike. Would take 4 days to do the entire hike (end to end), but you can certainly parse it to smaller portions to work for you. Bring food and water - there is lots of shade.
Written August 31, 2016
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