Isle Royale - Day 6
This last section of the Minong is certainly not as challenging as the Little Todd to North Desor push, but it is also not as quick as the miles in other flatter sections. The day was a combination of everything the island offers: steep craggily ridges that go up and down and put a hurting on your feet, low marshy areas with mud, beaver dams and rock hops, birch and aspen groves with towering white trunks and quick, flat hiking, and wandering meanders around creek beds. The last three miles the trail does not classify as typical Minong and tired hikers just pound out the smooth, clear trail with showers in mind.
With all the hoopla and worry about what this day would bring, I’ll say this... it was everything we expected and doable. However, it will be a long time before I ever want to tackle it again. I would love to go back and tell the park ranger who said not to do it that it was worth the effort at least one time in life. I would like to go and tell all the forums online that it is safe for experienced hikers, but heed the physicality and come prepared for a hurting.
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