Monday, October 24, 2016

6 Great Day Hikes in Northern Michigan

Isle Royal National Park
Windigo Nature Trail
Isle Royale National Park
A rarely visited island full of moose and wolves awaits day hikers at Isle Royale National Park. Isle Royale, a 45-mile long island in the chilly waters of Lake Superior, requires a 3-hour ferry trip, or a shorter but more expensive journey via sea plane, to reach. The national park's Windigo Nature Trail is best reached from the ferry in Grand Portage, Minn. Alternatively, a sea plane can be taken from Houghton. In either case, advance reservations are recommended.

Best trails to see Isle Royale NP's highlights
Though Isle Royale National Park often is thought of as an overnight destination due to its remoteness, there are a number of day hiking trails available to enjoy its highlights.

Discover haunted Upper Peninsula lighthouse on day hike
Does the former keeper of an Upper Peninsula lighthouse haunt his old abode? Day hikers can find out with a short walk about the grounds. The Seul Choix Point Lighthouse near Gulliver overlooks a particularly treacherous stretch of Lake Michigan. About 0.3 miles of meandering lakeside trails surround the long-time fixture. 

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks series.