Place

Minong Ridge Trailhead: McCargoe Cove

Wooden trail marker for the Minong Ride Trail, surrounded by rocks and forest.
The Minong Ridge Trail is one of the most rugged trails on Isle Royale.

NPS / MOLLY COOPER

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trailhead, Water - Non-Potable

Thinking about backpacking the Minong Ridge Trail at Isle Royale National Park? This challening trail stretches along the northern portion of the island and offers scenic views of Lake Superior and the Canadian shoreline. This primitive trail is strenuous due to its change in elevation, rocky ridges, and beaver dam crossings. Hikers need to utitlize wayfinding and orienteering skills on this trail. 

Miles: about 28 miles. 

Trailhead Locations

  • Windigo is accessible by ferry, seaplane, or private boat.
  • McCargoe is accessible by trail, Voyageur II passenger ferry, or private boat.


Accessibility: This backcountry trail is about 18 inches wide and includes rocks and roots. Trail includes wooden plank bridges, steep inclines, and trail sections that involve beaver dam crossings. Trekking poles are useful for this hike. No potable water is available along this trail. Bring everything you need to backpack multiple days including enough food, water filter, map, and compass. 

Campgrounds Along Trail
•  McCargoe Cove Campground
•  Todd Harbor Campground
•  Little Todd Campground
•  North Lake Desor Campground
•  Huginnin Cove Campground
•  Washington Creek Campground

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: February 12, 2022