On a soggy, dreary day we made it through the narrow, shadowy roads that lead to the high point. Along the way, we saw a wolf trotting across the road. We stopped to watch him in a clearing. We almost got stuck in the mud on the final hill to the parking lot. I did not want to get lost in the middle of nowhere. But we finally made it! It was the last high point in our Great Lakes tour--#8 for the family and #9 for me personally.
Nice little car challenge. If we hadn't arrived in L'anse seeking some information and if we hadn't happened into the Indian Country Sports store I think this would have been very challenging. Not because of the remoteness or height but simply because of the twisting and intersecting roads to the top. The owner of Indian Country Sports explained the history of the mountain being declared MI's highest and had turn by turn directions on a nice hand out. Stop in and get a water or two, say hello and you're all set for a very pleasant drive and ascent.
Once on top you literally park and walk less than 50 yards to the marker and a really nice sign in mailbox. Down the MT is a nice bench and overlook with views North to Lake Superior. Two comments however, there were some pictures stapled to trees with little explanation of a gentleman who had disappeared. If there was more to the story and we could have learned about the incident perhaps it wouldn't have been as creepy. Also there were cigarette butts strewn about. I recognize this is hard to police but perhaps a sign or an actual butt can for those unfortunate souls who are compelled to flick their trash for others to contend with.
An hour and 45 we were back in town at the visitor center getting our certificates for completing the hike!! Nice way to start the day and the people are very friendly in this area. Java by the Bay was a nice spot to have breakfast prior to the hike and the guy selling fireworks in Baraga the night before was a colorful Canadian. Enjoy Up Nort' der hey at it's finest.
Did Timm's Hill first and then this one. The directions from the main page were awful. Just follow the Roland Lake road,at 3 miles you hit a house, turn right thru the gravel pit around 4 miles until the t-intersection. Go right until the road ends at the parking lot. The highpoint is about 30 steps from the parking lot. Just follow the blue arrow signs and you'll get there.
brings back good memories...
Burn your google map and don't use your phone. They're wrong. Follow the usual guidebook directions and come in from the North and you'll be fine. Learned the hard way. Nice view of Superior from the ledge off to the side though.
We visited Mount Arvon on the morning of 01 October 2010. I cannot emphasize enough that you will need the map provided by the visitors' center in L'Anse to reach this site without getting confused or even lost. Otherwise the roads were good almost to the parking area, where muddy conditions forced a short hike. The summit area is pleasant enough, given its unspectacular nature. Early fall is a great time to visit Mount Arvon -- no bugs, great color, and the snow hadn't yet arrived !
A lot of sucky logging roads to drive through on the way. Glad my civic made it out with the oil pan still attached.
DO NOT USE A GPS FOR THIS HIGHPOINT. We ended up driving on dirt roads for over 6 hours, almost got stuck twice. But on bright side the state park we camped at gave us a neat certificate for getting to the high point:)
The sign has fallen down, looks like the wood on the sign itself was just rotten.
Hit Timms Hill in WI and then MT Arvon in one day. Stopped at a store for directions to Marquette MI and directed us to go east. We got lost on logging roads and almost ran out of gas. My son who was 14 was a little freaked, but it turned out to be a fun adventure!
Another ok high point - got lost driving back out - signage was misleading and we missed the $100 bridge.
Finally was able to do my home state!! Took my wife and 3 boys with me. We wore our U of M gear for the occasion. Go Blue!
Reached the summit aftre a short hike. Arvon is my 27th highpoint.
State highpoint #41 of 50 for me. Did all 50 in 31 years! I drove in the night before and camped near the top in my 4X4. That morning I noticed a very tall dog peed on my tire while I was asleep! Driving to the top I saw 2 wolf drinking at a puddle-they ran away quick. Saw another wolf 300 yards later. He stood there and looked at me. I got out and followed him for 100 yards-he never ran away! Went back to my truck and drove to the summit!
First state high point. Not the greatest view but it felt good to be at the top of a state. I love Michigans UP.
On my 62nd birthday, and while on my 8000-mile Great American Road Trip, in which I bagged the last 5 of my 49 state high points. Decided 12 years ago to forego Alasaka, I'd much rather go to Nepal if I can go on another 3 week climb somewhere.
Daughter and I tried to do this in 1986, when some sources were still sending us to Mt. Curwood as the MI highest point. When we got to L'Anse, they told us the news, and the directions we got just got us lost in the logging roads. Did Curwood, but had to come back for Arvon 23 yeas later!
My son and I hiked this one after almost getting our 4x4 rental vehicle seriously stuck in the snow and mud 3/4s of a mile below the summit. Turned into a pleasant hike with mixed weather including rain, sleet and hail - just sprinkles though. We met a nice couple from Midland, MI who were thinking of bailing out on the hike due to snow, mud and threat of rain and not knowing how much further it was. When they saw us going for it, they decided they had to do it too. It was nice to have them there to take our picture on top - thanks, Barb and Curt!
The trip started routinely into the mist of the Upper Peninsula. It seemed quite surreal in fact that as my wife tried to read me the directions, I was listening to Jimi Hendrix's "Red House" blues. Consequently when we encountered the sign that read Arvon Mountain road "closed", I just blew through it. Then when the logging truck came barrelling down the road without seemingly slowing down, I awoke from my dream state to pull over just far enough. Needless to say, my wife wanted me to turn back. No way...no way, was I not going to summit this highpoint after coming so far. We ended up being stopped on a road in very muddy conditions and serious logging operations going on just ahead of us. Out came the GPS and I told her that we would use it to find the summit. We bushwhacked through downed timber, around Caterpillar machinery and through the wet woods. Not a straight line by any means nor did it really seem like we were climbing anything. But perseverance paid off, the GPS held true and we found the high point only 100 yards from where the logging operations were going full bore. Not what I would call an aesthetically pleasing experience, but nevertheless it is part of the journey.