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Washington Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 96' 29 m
Descent: -56' -17 m
High: 659' 201 m
Low: 615' 187 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Greg Reasor

An easy stroll from Windigo along Washington Harbor and past the Washington Creek camp sites.

Greg Reasor

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Washington Creek Trail actually begins as a gravel road that leads along Washington Harbor at the junction of the Feldtmann Lake Trail just south of Windigo. Look across to a fine view of Beaver Island. Head north to the seaplane dock and in a quarter mile, the boat dock. Be sure to head uphill to the Windigo Vistitor Center to see the moose skeleton, lighthouse lens, and other displays.

From the dock, head north along the shore for views of waterfowl and boaters. The trail narrows as it passes the Washington Creek campsites. After passing the group campsites, the trail heads inland along the creek. In a quarter mile you'll find the junction of the end of Isle Royale's legendary Greenstone Ridge Trail.

Continue on and pass through woodland for a half mile and the trail reaches a 2-plank-wide foot-bridge across Washington Creek. A gaging station there monitors water flow. The last quarter mile is a gradual climb to the 3-way junction with the Minong Ridge Trail and West Huginnin Cove Trail. Be prepared for the challenges either of these options presents if continuing on.

Or, you can return the way you came, but come back changed.

Flora & Fauna

The harbor is inhabited with several duck species, cormorants and other waterfowl. Signs of beaver logging and moose tracks appear along the river.

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Golden Eye Ducks in Washington Harbor from the Washington Creek Trail.
Jul 14, 2016 near Isle Ro…, MI
Moose can be spotted near the Washington Creek Trail.
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
A seaplane daintily lands on the water near Windigo.
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
Washington Creek from the bridge.
Jul 14, 2016 near Isle Ro…, MI
Great trail markers help you find your way at the Greenstone Ridge Trail junction.
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
Welcome to Windigo!
Jun 1, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI

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