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TRAIL TIPS by larry rice


Walk on the Wild Side For a howling success, make this backpacking trek when the moon is full.


ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK is like no other park in the United States. Located in Lake Superior’s northwest corner, the park has no roads leading to it. Nor do any exist anywhere on the island. That’s because more than 98 percent of the land in Isle Royale is designated wilderness. Only about 18,000 visitors make it to this rugged island each


summer. More people visit Yellowstone National Park in a single day than Isle Royale in an entire year. More often than not, in fact, the place is left to timber wolves, moose, red foxes, river otters, beavers, and snowshoe hares. Though small by national park standards (45 miles long and


nine miles wide), Isle Royale’s secluded backcountry offers ideal terrain for hikers. Almost 170 miles of foot trails allow a range of treks from day hikes to demanding two-week island circum- navigation. The most popular, best marked, and longest single route—one that will make your pals back home drool with


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