Thing to Do

Hike to Minong Ridge Overlook

View from ridgetop with trees in fall foliage, Lake Superior, and the Canadian shoreline.
The Canadian shoreline can be seen from the Minong Ridge Overlook.

NPS / DERRICK JAEGER

About this Trail

  • Mileage: About 6 miles round trip (3 miles from Windigo to overlook)
  • Rocks and roots on trail
  • Changing trail conditions require a map, compass, and navigation skills

Trailheads

  • Windigo

  • Rock Harbor via Greenstone Ridge Trail

 

The Minong Ridge Overlook is a day hike destination on the western end of Isle Royale National Park. The overlook offers scenic views of Lake Superior, the Canadian shoreline to the north, and the western end of Isle Royale. The overlook is about three miles from Windigo located on the Minong Ridge Trail. The Minong Ridge Trail is the most challenging trail in the park. This six-mile round trip day hike travels through maple forests, over creeks, and ends on top of a rocky ridge top.

Found Nearby

  • Windigo Area

  • Huginnin Cove Campground

  • Washington Creek Campground

Details
This out and back hike can take two to six hours to complete. 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Isle Royale National Park is in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. Lake Superior is one of the Great Lakes located in the Upper Midwest of the United States. The island contains a roadless backcountry. Visitors traveling to Isle Royale must arrive by boat or seaplane.
Accessibility Information
The trail is about 18 inches wide and is not paved. The trail is covered in rocks and roots.

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: February 11, 2022