Mount Arvon

Mount Arvon, L'Anse: Address, Mount Arvon Reviews: 4/5

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Tammy R
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Worth the Effort.
Oct 2020
Everyone else has done a good job in describing what it takes to get to the summit, and the maps to get there available online were most helpful. I'll add just a few succinct comments;
1) From downtown L'Anse the summit of Arvon is approx 30 miles. The first 16 miles (from downtown to the church) is paved, good quality road. The last (approx) 14 miles is gravel/dirt road. The last 10 miles of that 14 is poorer quality road...watch for holes and/or rocks protruding from the road (they would be the biggest threat to tires and low clearance vehicles). At about the 9.5 mile mark of the dirt road segment you will come upon the trailhead for the hike up to and around the summit. A half a mile more from the hiking trailhead will be the cleared area to park your car, and then it's a 30 yard easy walk up to the summit. Well marked when you get to this point.
2) Concur with everyone's description of road conditions. We went up in mid-October, after a day of rain and snow in the area. Anything less than dry road conditions and I would not recommend a passenger sedan. However, a small SUV (CR-V, RAV 4, etc. with AWD) and larger, especially with mud and snow tires, will handle the road fine, just go slow. If snow is on the ground...wait until Spring. If you slide off the road or get stuck, it's a long walk back to the nearest house.
3) The blue diamond Mt Arvon signs which have been placed all along the route starting at the church are most helpful and reassuring that you are on the right road. The only thing to make them better would be if they would have the distance to go to the summit on each sign.

Even in mid-October with a little snow on the ground the leaves still had much color on them and the entire trip had magnificent scenery. Definitely worth the drive, just go slow and cautious.
Written October 19, 2020
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ChapsAhoy
Jenison, MI40 contributions
Beautiful view!
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Visitor’s Center in L ‘Anse was closed due to Covid, but they had posted directions to Mt Arvon outside. So we took a picture on our phone and followed the directions. The road was bumpy, curvy and narrow in spots but our 4WD pickup handled it easily. We met a minivan and smaller car coming down on our way up, so they obviously had no problem, either. Easy road to follow. It’s the main traveled road through the woods and is well-marked with light blue Mt Arvon direction signs. Just take it easy on the sharp curves and watch out for big rocks sticking out of the road.

The road was in very good shape, no ruts or washouts. In face there was a guy on a road grader smoothing it out even more.

The view was beautiful, but we did expect a larger, more panoramic view.

Signed our names in the notebook and now can say we’ve been to the highest spot in Michigan!!
Written August 5, 2020
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Juliann B
Wilmington, IL146 contributions
A fun challenge.
Oct 2019
The road is as challenging as everyone says it is. Before your drive, visit the Visitor's Center in L'anse for current trail conditions, detailed maps, and instructions for your drive. I suggest a vehicle without low clearance, it is a rough road. We maneuvered through two minor washouts, but we were given notice of them at the VC so knew to look out for them. No GPS or cell service, you are isolated if you run into a problem. Worth the drive, it's a welcoming arrival at the top with a nice view. The mountain is privately owned by a company, who graciously allows access to the public.
Written November 4, 2019
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MillionthFinn
Marquette, MI17 contributions
Unexpectedly, stunningly beautiful during autumn visit
Oct 2019 • Couples
We lifelong Yoopers visited this lovely place (highest natural elevation in Michigan) for the 1st time during fall 2019 splendor. What were we waiting for?! Well thought-out, fairy new lookout point about 100 yards down from the well-marked summit offers stunning view, incl. Point Abbey & Lake Superior. Would you believe this visit was the highlight of our fall season? Maybe We're easy to please. Kudos for the folks that placed explicit signage on the ascension. Nice 1+ mile walking trail for those who want to hike the rest of the way, or who wonder if their car can navigate the final stretch of the gravel road.
Written October 8, 2019
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disney62
Appleton, WI68 contributions
VERY DISAPPOINTING ! ! !
Aug 2019
I do NOT suggest anyone go unless you have an ATV!! We were just there Labor Day weekend & drove about 30 minutes to end up turning around & going back down - without making it to the top. I was going over areas that I really should not have been with my mini SUV!! We wasted half the day - total disappointment!!!
Written September 4, 2019
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EDLichtenstein
Wynnewood, PA311 contributions
Off the beaten path, but great for Highpointers!
Jul 2019 • Friends
If you're a Highpointer (someone who is trying to get to the highest point in each US state) then this is a must do. If you're not, then this is more of a curiosity destination than anything else. The overlook alone is not really worth the trip, but the dirt roads can be a lot of fun to fly over if you have a 4x4. If you only have 2WD, you'll just have to take the roads a little slower but they should not be a problem for normal cars. Be wary, the cell reception out there is not great so bring a paper map.
Written July 31, 2019
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trigger194
Cape Coral, FL259 contributions
The highest point in Michigan was a "high" light of our trip
Sep 2018 • Couples
With all the wet weather that the U.P. had been getting we were unsure if we would be able to cross this off our trip bucket list. We stopped in at the L'Anse tourist office (look for the "INFORMATION" sign on the top of the roof, can't miss it) They will give you a turn by turn direction of how to locate the summit. The road is in rough shape but we did it in a Tauras with no problems. The excitement came as we were getting close and a dump truck started up a pretty steep grade, with a large washout on the left side of the road. We held back to let him crest the hill before following him up. He started fishing tailing and we weren't sure he was going to make it...but of course he did. My turn, as I was urged on- don't slow down, stay to the right, down slow down, keep going...yes we also made it. The dump truck pulled off on a logging trail to let us pass. A short distance later we came around a curve to the parking area. Just a short walk up the path and there was the survey marker. We made it to our first state high point. We signed the book. and then took the path off to the view. The hardest part of this high point is the last 2 miles of the road. This is on private property and it is kind of the owners to allow access, Thank You. Don't forget to return to the Information center to receive your certificate of accomplishment.
Written September 19, 2018
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Michelle M
Pensacola, FL19 contributions
Disappointing
Sep 2018 • Couples
Sorry to say but Mount Arvon’s lookout point leaves a lot to be desired. The view is hardly spectacular. Feels like you’re sitting in the middle of the woods vs a lookout point for the highest point in MI. Not to mention the ride to get there is pretty miserable. We had high hopes for this place, and I think it may be a lot better during fall color season, but for us, this was not worth our time.
Written September 2, 2018
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Willeynel
Edmond, OK146 contributions
Fun Finding it
Aug 2018 • Solo
I visited this site as a part of a four state trip to hike the highpoint in each state. Getting to the access road is pretty easy then the rest of the way is approximately 8.4 miles of dirt road. It is passable but you have to take it slow and easy. Not much of a view at the highpoint but I did get to knock off another highpoint.
Written August 9, 2018
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Mark C
Ann Arbor, MI16 contributions
Mt Arvon is the highest point in Michigan and worth the visit!
Sep 2017 • Friends
Mt Arvon has had a lot of improvements to the trail with improved signs and a parking area quite near the summit. The winding road to the summit parking area used to be difficult to navigate and quite bumpy but improvements have been made by dedicated people from the Highpointers Club and Foundation in addition to citizens of Baraga County. There is a mailbox register at the summit next to the USGS marker and there are now 2 benches and a picnic table there as well. At under 2,000 feet in height, there is no worry about altitude issues either. It is worth the trip to Michigan's highest point!
Written November 21, 2017
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