My journey included the following six parts:
This ~135 mile route starts from Windigo and includes the Feldtman, Greenstone, and Minong Ridge Trails with only slight backtracking needed. This is quite possibly the best week long route Isle Royale National Park has to offer for those willing to hike 20+ miles/day. Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, located in the northwest corner of the world's largest freshwater lake. Accessible only by boat or plane, it offers a very remote experience. Of special interest is the decades long research study on the predator/prey relationship between wolves and moose.
Trailgroove.com has published my article about this hike on Isle Royale: Trailgroove Isle Royale
Part 2: Superior Hiking Trail thru-hike
- Days 1-2: Duluth Section
- Days 3-6: Bald Eagle Campsite to Silver Bay
- Days 7-12: Silver Bay to Grand Marais
- Days 13-15: Grand Marais to 270 Degree Overlook
Part 3: Border Route Trail
This rugged 65 mile wilderness trail offers some of the best scenery in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with a major emphasis of trail design placed on routing the trail to spectacular views overlooking beautiful lakes and Canada.
Part 4: Kekekabic Trail
This ~40 mile trail was the most remote and rugged trail of my adventure. Mostly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the "Kek" passed many lakes, several waterfalls, and was the most isolated backpacking experience that I have had to date.
Part 6: Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Trail
Trailgroove.com has published my article about this hike: Trailgroove Pictured Rocks
Much of these adventures coincided with the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) as the SHT, BRT, and Kek are part of the NCT's Arrowhead re-route. My route through the Porkies utilized much of the NCT in the park and the Pictured Rock's Lakeshore Trail is officially designated NCT. The NCT at ~ 4600 miles is the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails in the National Trails System.