Perfect time of year to visit. Drove the truck for this one. Only 1 spot or so that would have been questionable with a car. Route is easy- just follow blue signs to the top. Met a really nice couple at the top.
Drove up with some fellow HPers in a 4WD Truck on the logging roads. Summit is very densely forested, so you can't see much, except for 1 small window of a view.
1.Spent the previous night at L'Anse campground; highly recommended
2. Drove to the trailhead (very slow going), the road would be near impossible in bad weather; used the summit post odometer readings ( a bit off but doable); the blue signs by the Hghpointers association were helpful.
3. Eat early because L'Anse closes up early.
4. The hardest part is getting to the trailhead, there is no climb just a 30 second walk...
I’m a long way from Calif.
What a beautiful area of the country! Wish I had had more time to explore the U.P.! I highly recommend doing the 3 mile RT hike from the parking lot up to this one. Wow, what a beautiful area!
You can drive all the way up to the highpoint with a high clearance 4x4
We visited Mt Arvon on May 31, 2018. The blue signs were very helpful for finding our way through the maze of back roads. However, on the outside of a left turn about 2 miles short of the summit there are some misleading signs. "Mt Arvon Hiking Trail 1-3/4 miles," "Trailhead Parking" & "Follow Blue" (with a blue diamond & a straight arrow pointing up a lesser side road.) Do not follow this side road. Stay on the obviously more maintained road that turns left. There apparently is some sort of overgrown tick gauntlet they are passing off as a hiking trail, but we didn't see it. We did hike over a mile back this 4WD rough, puddle saturated side road before deciding it couldn't be right. Then with several tick passengers and directions from a chance encounter, we drove the rest of the way to the summit parking lot. The correct road was passable in a Dodge Caliber, but some places were mud rutted and required a lot of care. I wouldn't want to try those same stretches when the mud was soft.
We found it just fine... but we left at dusk and wanted to head in the opposite direction from where we came. Without gps service, we got so turned around on those logging roads. What a memory!
My dad and I climbed Mount Arvon this past winter and we got lost so many times! I totally don't recommend going in the winter.
Went up just after a torrential thunderstorm. Pretty muddy, but nice sunset on the thunderheads while driving back to L'Anse.
Route instructions on the page were spot-on, and there's a nice turnaround at the top, along with a small clearing and a bench looking out onto Lake Superior. Drove a total of 17hrs this day, as I drove from Indianapolis to here and then Wisconsin's HP also. Pretty country!
Long drive from GA. Arvon and Timms Hill on same day.
Nice way to start the New Year--snowmobiling to da top of Michigan.
We tried following the turn-by-turn directions posted here (which were also on a brochure from the visitor's center in St. Ignace just N of the Mackinac bridge)but they didn't seem to match the abundantly placed blue signage, so we deferred to the signs and had no difficulty. The road (yes road, not trail or 2-track) was easily navigable and led to a lot within 155ft of the summit. Looks like there's been some improvements recently.
Took my low-clearance Honda halfway up the gravel road (about a mile past the gravel pit), then bailed and walked the rest of the way. The woods up there are beautiful in late summer. :)
STHP # 14 for me. Part of a 5k mile road trip through much of the Northern States. Did 4 total state high points and visited a ton of National Parks and other scenic stops.
Road was fine when we went up. A little wet but made it all the way to the parking lot. The problem area with the beaver was cleaned up and is only a mile from the top. Would be an easy hike up if you couldn't make it all the way. The rest of the roads we went on were in great condition. The viewing area with the HighPointer bench is pretty cool.
Make sure to check at the visitor center at L'Anse for road conditions. They had a significant amount of rainfall a couple days prior to our visit. We had a high clearance vehicle with no problems but the road is washed out immediately as you turn right at the beaver dam - approximately 1 mile from the summit so you may want to park in that area and just follow the road/signs up to the summit. The road is well marked and easy to follow.
Use the directions on summitpost and pay attention to the odometer... this is a navigational car challenge and easy to get lost even with the high point signage and the road is not meant for cars. Highly recommend truck/suv and have the gas tank filled up. Seems like you would need a snow mobile if you wanted to do it in the winter. This was a beautiful and fun drive right up to the high point with a nice view of lake superior off in the distance.
My wife was happy to find a nice drive-up when expecting a hike. Thank you Plum Creek! Drove up in a tiny rental car with no ground clearance, maybe 8 inches. http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/michigan/mount_arvon_152.htm