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Greenstone Section 6: Hike from Ishpeming Tower to South Desor

View of interior lake surrounded by forest on an island in a lake.
After trekking through the forest, hikers are welcomed by Lake Desor's stunning views.

NPS / DERRICK JAEGER

About this Trail

  • Mileage: About 3.5 miles
  • Rocks and roots on trail
  • Overgrown vegetation near trail
  • Changing trail conditions require a map, compass, and navigation skills

Trailheads

The section of trail between Ishpeming Tower and Lake Desor is smooth compared to others along the Greenstone Ridge Trail. This section winds its way through a mostly deciduous forest. After trekking through a wooded wilderness hikers come upon a scenic view of Lake Desor. 

Diverge from the Greenstone and Hike to Malone

At the Ishpeming Tower is the junction to Ishpeming Trail that leads to Malone Bay Campground. This alternative route is about 7 miles long. The Ishpeming Trail is less traveled and is minimally maintained for the ultimate wilderness experience. Water access for purifying isn't available until about 3.5 miles down the Ishpeming Trail at Siskiwit Lake. There is a ranger station at Malone Bay that is staffed intermittently. Check in with the park before your trip for the most up-to-date information. There is a dock at Malone Bay where the ferry, the Voyageur II, offers passenger transportation. Reservations for the Voyageur II are necessary ahead of time. The ferry only services Malone Bay if people have made reservations in advance. 


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Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
The trail is 18 inches wide and covered in rocks and roots.

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South Lake Desor Campground

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Hatchet Lake Campground

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Malone Bay Campground

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Last updated: February 23, 2022