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Isle Royale NP: Daisy Farm & Mt. Ojibway Trails

Trail Details

County
Houghton
Regions
Western Upper Peninsula
Latitude
N 48° 05' 31.20"
Longitude
W 088° 35' 42.00"
Distance
5.1 miles
Trail Type
Foot path, cross-country ski trail
Terrain
Mount Ojibway, Greenstone Ridge
Difficulty
Moderate
Nearest City or Town
Hougton
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One of the most popular dayhikes on Isle Royale is the 5.1-mile loop formed by Daisy Farm, Mount Ojibway, and a portion of the Greenstone Ridge Trail. The walk involves climbing several ridges, including the Greenstone, but the views from Mount Ojibway Lookout Tower are excellent.
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One of the most popular dayhikes on Isle Royale is the 5.1-mile loop formed by Daisy Farm, Mount Ojibway, and a portion of the Greenstone Ridge Trail. The walk involves climbing several ridges, including the Greenstone, but the views from Mount Ojibway Lookout Tower are excellent.

If you're camped at Daisy Farm, the loop can be part of a wonderful day off that includes sleeping in late and not having to haul your backpack. For most people this is too much mileage to consider as a dayhike beginning and ending from Rock Harbor. A solution from Rock Harbor Lodge, however, is to arrange a drop-off through Forever Resorts (866-644-2003 or 906-337-4993 in summer; www.isleroyaleresort.com) and then return on foot for a 11-mile outing.
Amenities & Services
Camping
Difficulty - Moderate
Foot Path
Trail Guide

The Daisy Farm-Mount Ojibway loop is covered with detailed maps in Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes by Jim DuFresne. To order the 184-page guide to the wilderness island, Click Here.

Facilities

Shower tokens, clean towel, and bar of soap can be purchased at the camp store at Rock Harbor or Windigo. Some backpackers like to book a room for their final night at Rock Harbor, either at the lodge or in one of the housekeeping units that can be shared by six people and feature small kitchenettes. For reservations, contact the park concessionaire, Forever Resorts (866-644-2003 or 906-337-4993 in summer; www.isleroyaleresort.com).

Supplies

In the Upper Peninsula, on the way to Isle Royale National Park, the best place to pick up equipment is Downwind Sports which has two stores at 514 N Third St. in Marquette (906-226-7112) and 308 Shelden Ave. in Houghton (906-482-2500). Once on the island, information, maps and backcountry permits can be obtained from the Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor Centers at the foot of the ferry wharf. There are also small stores at each entry port with limited and very expensive supplies.

Hours & Fees

Isle Royale National Park opens April 16 and closes on Nov. 1 to all visitors for the winter.  The park has a entrance fee of $7 per person per day or an annual pass for $60. You can pay the entrance fee once you arrive at the park or in advance at at pay.gov  and avoid congestion and long waits on the island.

Directions

Most hikers reach Daisy Farm Campground via the Rock Harbor Trail, a 6-mile trek from Rock Harbor. To reach Rock Harbor and Isle Royale National Park there's the Isle Royale Queen IV (906-289-4437; www.isleroyale.com), a ferry that departs from Copper Harbor.

Information

Call the Isle Royale National Park headquarters in Houghton (906-482-0984) or check the Isle Royale National Park website (www.nps.gov/isro).

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