East Huginnin Cove Trail
ElevationAscent: 111' 34 m
Descent: -271' -83 m
High: 839' 256 m
Low: 622' 189 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 563 ft Ascent 171.67 m Ascent
Windigo Nature Loop
1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 113 ft Ascent 34.36 m Ascent
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Minong Ridge Traverse
29.2 mi 47.0 km • Point to Point • 2,256 ft Ascent 687.69 m Ascent
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“A narrow trail through woods and marshes that reaches the Lake Superior shore and Hugginin Cove.”— Greg Reasor
In taking the East Huginnin Cove Trail, to get there, depart from Windigo along the 1.4-mile Washington Creek Trail. Shortly after crossing the Washington Creek bridge, the trail reaches the junction of the West Huginnin Cove Trail (which can be taken on the way back) and the Minong Ridge Trail which one climbs for 0.6 miles to the signpost for the East Huginnin Cove Trail. Head north along this trail, and after a series of four plank crossings, the first stop is the ruins of a log cabin that once supported a copper mining operation. Continue northward across another set of planks and descend along a rocky outcrop to another log cabin ruin before reaching a pond a half mile into the trail. Moose can sometimes be seen foraging in the pond in mid-day.
Another moderate climb must be accomplished before reaching the rocky bluffs of Lake Superior along the western shore of Isle Royale. Continue along the bluff westward for elevated views of the lake. At the 3.3-mile mark, the trail descends to the shores of Huginnin Cove, where there are campsites and a vault toilet. At the Cove, visitors can soak their feet in the cold water, skip stones on the cobblestone beach and enjoy the views of the lake and sea birds.
There is a marker for the West Huginnin Cove Trail, which can be explored for the return trip.
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Land Manager: NPS - Isle Royale National Park