Jan 9, 2007 at 11:33 am #1221135
I am contemplating a trip to Isle Royale National Park this July. Can anyone comment on whether or not this is a good time to visit? Bugs are my primary concern. Also, has anyone hiked the Greenstone Ridge Trail or the Minong Ridge Trail? I would appreciate any advice on an itinerary. Thanks in advance!
JustinJan 9, 2007 at 3:56 pm #1373675
I was there a couple years ago in early Aug. Bugs weren't too bad except at one campsite. I'd expect Jul to be worse, but you might check out some trip reports at http://www.isleroyale.info.
I normally wouldn't direct someone to the forums over at Backpacker.com (the magazine), but there seem to be a lot of Isle Royale enthusiasts hanging out in the MidWest forum. So you might try asking for advice there.
My trip was mostly along the Greenstone from Windigo to Rock Harbor (with a few detours, including a section of the Minong). I'd think those would be good options for avoiding the bugs as much as possible since you're high up most of the time or on the nw coast getting the most wind. But I've heard the Minong isn't the place to be in bad weather (we lucked out and had excellent weather the whole week).
My own trip report is at:
Hope this helps,
-adamJan 9, 2007 at 4:25 pm #1373677
@garkjrLocale: Southwestern Ohio
I've been to Isle Royale twice: once in August, and once the week after Labor Day. Bugs were not a problem either time. They were there; I didn't try sleeping outside my tent, but they weren't horrifyingly bad. (I've had a lot worse in Kentucky in August.)
Late July through Labor Day is a wonderful time to go. The crowds aren't too bad; after Labor Day, they're non-existent. That trip, we camped mostly along the inner harbor at the "popular" sites, and never had more than 12 people in the site (4 of them were us.)
Enjoy the trip.Jan 10, 2007 at 1:25 pm #1373807
Thanks Adam and Glenn, I appreciate the help.Jan 10, 2007 at 4:01 pm #1373833
Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
Myself and three friends spent six days on the Island this the first week of June, 2006. The bugs were as bad as I've ever seen in my life and I spent the first two decades of my life living in Minnesota so I know bugs.
Reports from other backpackers who stuck to the Minong Ridge their whole trip (we did half that and half Greenstone) were that the wind on the NW side of the Island helped to keep the bugs at bay.
Tarp camping w/o a bug net would have been out of the question. I found myself putting my raincoat with hood up and gloves on during rest stops to keep the literal swarm of skeeters away.Jan 26, 2007 at 10:21 am #1375826
I visited Isle Royale in late May a few years ago. A little chilly, but no bugs whatsoever, and very few people.
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