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Grand Island Loop

A beautiful and relatively easy trail run around the perimeter of Grand Island.

Trail Running Moderate

33 km
560 m
560 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
182 m
High Point
280 m
Grand Island Loop Map

Part of the Hiawatha National Forest, Grand Island is a one of a kind destination. The island is only accessible by boat, specifically a ferry that departs from Munising on a seasonal basis. Specific information on the ferry schedule can be found here.


Running this loop clockwise, you'll begin with a traverse along the western shore of the island, which provides some phenomenal clifftop views overlooking Lake Superior. The water is incredibly clear, and you'll have a spectacular vantage point to enjoy the island's unique beauty.

There are several beach access points along this route should you wish to take a break and enjoy the cool waters. Even during peak season, the size of the island will keep you from encountering too many people, and it's likely you could have a large section of beach to yourself.

For facilities, drinking water is available at a few points on the island. Vault toilets can be found in a few key areas as well.

On the eastern side of the island, soak in the views of nearby Pictured Rocks, another trail running destination that should be added to your list, if it's not on it already. The sandstone bluffs can be visited via the North Country Trail, and the beautiful formations make it an excellent destination for boaters and paddlers.

The final portion of this loop follows an access road on the island that leads back to the ferry crossing. After returning, head into the nearby town of Munising for some local food and drink to refuel after your long hike.

Sources: http://www.grandislandup.com/



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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


3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between May and October

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