Daisy Farm / Mount Ojibway Loop

A staple day hike from Daisy Farm Campground to the lookout tower on Mount Ojibway.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
11 km
Ascent
395 m
Descent
395 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
182 m
High Point
342 m
Gradient
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Daisy Farm / Mount Ojibway Loop Map

Description

Hike across ridgelines, along boardwalks, and enjoy epic views from a lookout tower on Mount Ojibway on this classic day hike in Isle Royal NP. Starting at a dock and adjacent campground, the circuit pairs the Mount Ojibway Trail, Daisy Farm Trail, and a portion of the Greenstone Ridge Trail to offer some of the best views on the eastern portion of the island.

Accessible only by private boat, kayak, or canoe, the Daisy Farm Campground is Isle Royale's largest campground and the main trailhead to hike to Mount Ojibway. Staffed seasonally, the campground hosts a total of 25 sites with a 3-night maximum stay during peak season. There is no potable water, but vault toilets are available seasonally. Detailed information on Isle Royale's campgrounds, including Daisy Farm, can be found here.

According to this local guide, a point-to-point route from Daisy Farm to Rock Harbor is an option during the summer months with help from a local outfitter. From the campground, hike to the tower, then follow the Greenstone Ridge Trail east to Mount Franklin. From there, follow the Mount Franklin Trail to either Tobin Harbor or Rock Harbor Trail - both terminate in Rock Harbor. This route finishes similar to the day hike to Mount Franklin, seen here.

Sources: https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-detail/isle-royale-np-daisy-farm-mt-ojibway-trails/ https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/trail-accessible-campgrounds.htm

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

Guidebooks in this area