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Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes (3rd edition) Paperback – September 13, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 3 Revised edition (September 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898867924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898867923
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent, thorough guide to the island, including detailed chapters devoted to hiking and paddling. -- Minneapolis Star Tribune<br /><br />An excellent, thorough guide to the island. --Griffin (GA) Daily News

More About the Author

I have a has deep rooted passion for two things; sunsets and shoreline, no doubt the result of living my entire life in the two states that have more coastline than any other; Alaska and Michigan.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a journalism degree, I was soon headed to Juneau, Alaska as the outdoors and sports editor of the Juneau Empire. In 1980, I became the first Alaskan sportswriter to win a national award from Associated Press. More significant than the award or even receiving a letter of congratulations from Governor Jay Hammond, I discovered my passion for the mountains and wilderness travel while living in Alaska's capital city.

Soon after that I spent a winter in New Zealand to backpack and write my first book, "Tramping in New Zealand". Six editions and 30 years later "Tramping in New Zealand" is the world's bestselling guidebook to backpacking in that country. That longevity is true with several of my books. "Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes" that I wrote soon after returning to Michigan has been in publication in various editions for more than 25 years.

Today I live in Clarkston, Michigan where I'm never more than an hour's drive from the shoreline of the Great Lakes. I am main contributor to www.MichiganTrailMaps.com, a resource web site devoted to trail users and the promotion of trails in my home state. I still head back to Alaska frequently to update my Lonely Planet guidebooks, only now I don't have to stay for the winter. In Michigan, I can usually be found out on the trail throughout the year, whether it is hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

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Plan your trip with this book, and carry it along in your pack!
Scott D Gauss
The author goes into detail about the 3 main trails and gives good descriptions about what you'll experience while hiking.
Shadrach
If you are planning a trip to Isle Royale and need a place to start, this book is what you want.
Steve Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
An excellent guide to the park. Indispensable for planning a backpacking, canoeing, or kayaking trip. "Foot Trails" section of the book includes descriptions of all the trails, including difficulty, mileage information, and scenic views along the way. "Water Routes" section of the book includes information needed for a canoeing or kayaking trip, including routes, portages, & campsites. The book also includes some information concerning island history, geology, and biology. If you buy only one book about Isle Royale National Park, this is the one! Small and light enough to carry on your trip. Combine this book with a Trails Illustrated topographical map of the park, & you'll have the basic information necessary to plan your trip.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on September 3, 2004
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This seems to be the only guide dedicated to Isle Royale, so we are all lucky that it's a good one. He describes the hikes in some detail and describes the features of each hike well enough so that you can plan what you want to do.

Dufresne divides the book into long hikes, short hikes, and canoe trips and portages. The long hikes are multi-day backpacking trips, while the short hikes are day trips out of the two ranger stations (Rock Harbor and Windigo). The book also has some helpful background information about the park and NPS rules.

My only complaint is that the mileages listed for some long hikes don't capture the whole distance. For example, Dufresne counts the Feldtmann loop as 24 miles, starting at Windigo and ending at the junction of the Island Mine trail and the Greenstone Ridge trail. Sorry, but you have to get back to the boat, and it's another 7 miles to Windigo from that junction. This means that the loop is 31 miles long, not 24 miles.

To avoid surprises like that, pick up the Trails Illustrated map of Isle Royale, which has mileages on it, to supplement this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was our bible on our 10 day excursion to Isle Royale (royal like a king, not like royale with cheese). Coupled with a good topo map, we were able to get around the island with ease. Was also great for planning our route before the trip. This book tells you everything you need to know for a backpacking/fishing trip to this beautiful place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
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This book is great for before and during your trip to Isle Royale. My group had a trip all planned before we went. When we got there we completely changed what our plans were and luckily we had this book to help us with those changes. Descriptions of the trails and campgrounds are good. Overall, this is the best book I think anyone can find on the subject. Good Hiking!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott D Gauss on February 25, 2002
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If you're considering a backcountry trip to Isle Royale, this is the book to have. It covers everything you need to know to plan a trip to IR: how to get there, campgrounds, trails, lakes, portages. Plan your trip with this book, and carry it along in your pack!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "petersonreviews" on March 5, 2001
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Visit the largest island in the largest lake in the largest island in the largest lake in the world. Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes will tell you how to get there. See if it, too, has a lake with an island with ...
Isle Royale National Park has nice hand drawn maps. It rates the difficulty of hikes and it gives trail distances, elevations and hiking times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Smith on April 3, 2011
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If you are planning a trip to Isle Royale and need a place to start, this book is what you want. I bought this book based on the high reviews by others, and they are absolutely correct. This book is the first one to buy.
Included are descriptions of the hiking trails in good detail giving the distance, hiking time, high points, and severity rating of the trail. Also included is information for canoe and kayak paddlers with portage information- distance and severity. There are maps to cover each topic and lots of good general information about the history of the island, what to see, how to get there, when to go, and contact information.
The Isle Royale map #240 by Trails Illustrated is an excellant compliment to this book.
Even if you never go to Isle Royale, you'll find this to be a great read. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lambright on February 24, 2008
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I am planning a trip to Isle Royale and couldn't find much information searching the web. My friend and I are debating whether to make the trip a hiking trip, a canoe trip, or a packraft trip. Whatever we choose, this book provides enough information to make any of these trips will be successful. One thing is for sure, the book inspires you to plan multiple trips.
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