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Indian Portage Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4)

A challenging trail that traverses the wild interior of Isle Royale.


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Map Key

10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

97%

Runnable

799' 244 m

High

613' 187 m

Low

736' 224 m

Up

736' 224 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Isle Royale is closed from November 1 through April 15.

Description

This challenging trail takes runners from the north end of the island at the end of the Minong Ridge Trail to the south side of the island at Chippewa Harbor Camp. The trail traverses some rough and varied terrain along the way with many ups and downs to navigate.

From the start at the junction with the Minong Ridge Trail, runners will start an undulating climb heading past the Chickenbone East trail and skirting the west side of Chickenbone Lake. The trail provides access to the West Chickenbone Lake Campground just north of the Greenstone Ridge Trail.

After crossing the Greenstone Ridge Trail, the trail continues south, passing the western edge of Lake Livermore and LeSage Lake. From here, the trail begins to wind back to the east to navigate around the northern edge of Lake Richie. The Lake Richie Campground is located about six miles into the trail shortly before the junction with the Lake Richie Trail.

From the Lake Richie Trail, the trail again heads south to the southern end of the lake where it follows along a stream to Chippewa Harbor and the campground by the harbor and Lake Mason.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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#132

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#9,788

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Photos

Chippewa Harbor Sunrise
Apr 2, 2020 near Isle Ro…, MI
McCargoe Cove
Apr 22, 2015 near Isle Ro…, MI
Lake Ritchie
Jun 19, 2019 near Isle Ro…, MI

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