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Mount Arvon

 
Mount Arvon

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Michigan, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.75600°N / 88.156°W

Object Title: Mount Arvon

County: Baraga

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 1979 ft / 603 m

 

Page By: dwhike

Created/Edited: Aug 23, 2003 / Jan 4, 2009

Object ID: 151786

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Overview

Mt. Arvon is certainly not the most imposing peak on this website, in fact it may contend for the lowest peak included on the list. It is, however, Michigan's highest point and not far from where I live so I thought I'd do it the honor of including it here.
It is located in the Huron Mountain Range in the north-central Upper Peninsula, or U.P, as it is known by locals. The mountain rises over 1300 feet from the shores of Lake Superior 10 miles or so to the north.

Strangely enough Mt. Arvon has only been recognized as the state's highpoint since 1982. Previously the highest point was nearby Mt. Curwood at 1978 ft. When the USGS did a survey that year, however, it found Mt. Arvon to be 1979.238 feet, taller by a mere 11 inches! It is still disputed which is taller and some maps still incorrectly label Curwood as the highest.  
Mt. Arvon Benchmark
Benchmark


Not long ago Mt. Arvon had the reputation of being one of the most diffucult state highpoints to reach. Not due to a technical climb but due to remoteness and the maze of logging roads in the area. In the past few years however many improvements have been made. The road is now well-graded and numerous blue signs along the way help keep you on the right track on your way up. The road still is steep and rocky in a few sections, mainly within the last 2 miles, but can be driven with care by most vehicles (I wouldn't recommend taking your new Caddie or BMW up it, however!!). Even so, I recommend stopping by the Baraga County Tourist Information building to inquire on road conditions before setting out. Address and phone number info is below.

How To Get There

The following is an excerpt from the Indian Country Sports - Mt. Arvon page. It provides a detailed description on how to reach Mt. Arvon from US-41 in L'anse. The directions from L'anse to Roland Lake Road are the most important as the trail road is well-marked from the lake to the summit...













PRIMARY ROUTE:

-From the intersection of US Hwy 41 and Broad Street immediately South of L'Anse, proceed North into L'Anse on Broad Street for 0.7 miles to Main Street.
-Turn right (E) on Main Street which will become Skanee Road, and continue 16.1 miles to Roland Lake Road on the right, where the Zion Lutheran Church is on the SE corner.
-Turn right (S) on Roland Lake Road and proceed 2.9 miles to Ravine River Road at Roland Lake.

There are many less well-developed roads in the Ravine River Road area. Please follow the blue signs that mark the way to the top. Unless indicated below, stay on the obvious "main track" as you proceed along Ravine River Road. The route on Ravine River Road is as follows: (at this point reset the odometer).

-At 0.7 miles, fork, go straight
-1.8 miles, pass through gravel pit
-2.0 miles, leave gravel pit at a fork, go straight
-3.0 miles, fork, bear left
-3.4 miles, fork, bear right
-4.0 miles, 4.5 miles and 4.7 miles, forks go straight
-6.1 miles. T-intersection, main road goes left, turn right (S)
-6.3 miles fork, go left
-6.4 miles, steep incline at the point, fork, go right
-6.8 miles, fork, go right
-7.2 miles go to right. At this point there is a parking lot and there is an approximately 1/2 mile walk to the summit.

These directions were printed before improvements had been made on the road. If you find that any of these directions differ from signage along the way, please follow the signs!

From the parking area a wide fairly level trail winds 1/2 mile to the summit. Only a few years ago this trail was a road (in the loosest sense of the term) that, with a 4-wheel drive, you could drive a vehicle to the summit on. There are a few moderately steep sections but nothing serious. You'll know the summit when you get there - a large blue marker and two blue benches mark the summit. Don't forget to sign the log book inside the small, steel mailbox attached to the summit marker!

Visit the Indian Country Sports website below. There is also a map of the route at this site.

White Tape

 
The trees were beautiful...
Winter Ascent

I call this section White Tape instead of Red Tape because there is no red tape. The summit and access road are free to anyone who decides to visit them. Most of the surrounding land is paper company land and undeveloped.
White Tape refers to the restrictions mother nature places during the region's longest season - winter. The U.P. is famous for its snowfall. Between late October and April up to and above 300 inches of snow can fall on the Huron Mountains. By early March the snow can set 6 or more feet deep in places. Roads can remain snow-covered well into May. Once the snow finally melts then comes mud season. It usually takes until early June for the ground to thaw and absorb that 300 inches of melted snow.
After that though you have a good 3 or 4 months unrestricted access before the snow flies again!!!

Obviously, very few people visit the summit in winter. It is a long 8 mile snowshoe or cross country ski trip to the summit (one way!). Another option is bringing or renting a snowmobile. The U.P. is some of the best snowmobiling country anywhere and numerous trails criss-cross the area. You can pik up a trail map at almost any area gas station.

Camping & Miscellaneous

I noticed numerous campfire rings near the road on my way to the summit but am unsure as to specific rules regarding camping in the area. If you have any info regarding this please contact me so I can include it here. The surrounding area does have numerous state and national forest campgrounds. Please call or visit the Baraga County Tourist Info Center below for more info... 
Pond on Mt. Arvon
 


Baraga County Tourist Information
755 E. Broad Street
L'Anse, Michigan 49946
906-524-7444

or visit thier website below!



External Links



DWhike's Adventures - Shameless self promotion...come visit my website for more pics of Mt. Arvon and other places that I have wandered off to in recent years...





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RedwicNo more 1/2-mile hike...

Redwic

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The "fairly wide level trail" leading 1/2-mile from the parking lot to the summit has changed. The 1/2-mile jaunt is a drivable unpaved road leading to an open parking area next to the summit entrance... A person only needs to walk about 40 feet into the trees to reach the summit, now, with no elevation gain on foot.



(On my personal list of Difficulty Ranks for State HPs, I am dropping the difficulty of this HP from #24 to #47, as a result of this route update...)
Posted Jul 7, 2008 11:45 am
dwhikeRe: No more 1/2-mile hike...

dwhike

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This is very interesting news...I was up there last year and it was still very much a trail. Can't say I'm happy about the change...
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:42 am
Marcy725Re: No more 1/2-mile hike...

Marcy725

Voted 10/10

I was just there on July 25th, the road is not drivable unless you have a 4 wheel drive with high tires to get over the blockades they have up.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 4:51 pm
RedwicNo reference to "Church Road"...

Redwic

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"Church Road" is not referenced on any street sign. The street sign says "Roland Lake Road", and a small church is located at that street corner.
Posted Jul 7, 2008 11:56 am
dwhikeRe: No reference to

dwhike

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Noted, I'll make the change right away...thanks!
Posted Jul 9, 2008 9:39 am
Marcy725view

Marcy725

Voted 10/10

Article states there is no view from the top. That has changed, they have cleared trees and there is now a short path from the summit with an nice overlook.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 4:55 pm
dwhikeRe: view

dwhike

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Thanks!! I had asked around about mysterious reports of a view but received no response. I'll make the update as soon as I have time. Out of curiosity what direction does the overlook face (i.e. Lake Superior or the Huron Mountains)? If you have any pics they'd be more than welcome! Regards, Dan
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:56 pm
hanobertGreat Adventure

Voted 10/10

I would definitely recommend the Mt. Arvon high point. I headed up there today and even a bit overcast, the view was still great. The benchmark and the register are fun to look through. I did not see a reference to Church Rd., it was still Roland Lake Rd. Also, the trail was only a few hundred feet to the benchmark and a few hundred more to the view from the parking area. Very easy access once you reach parking.
Posted Jul 9, 2013 6:06 pm
HuronBayGuideView from Mt. Arvon

HuronBayGuide

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About 3-4 years ago, the trees were cleared near the NW summit of Mt. Arvon providing a nice view over Lake Superior's Huron Bay, Abbaye Peninsula, Keweenaw Bay and the Keweenaw Peninsula.



I own a cabin on the shore of Huron Bay, about 15 miles by logging roads north of the summit, and often take guests to the top of Mt. Arvon.
Posted May 10, 2014 8:51 pm

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