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.
Thank you for the excellent road directions, they augmented the blue diamond signs quite well. The road now leads to just below the summit. The bench location provides a nice view to the north.
State HP #41, the second of the day after driving from Wisconsin, and 7th out of 9 on our midwestern swing. Every trip we take, we end up beating up the car a bit, and it was on this HP that we kind of accomplished this. The forest logging road that finally takes you there is sketchy at best, with a couple boulders we had to move before we passed. Take it SLOWWWWW. However, it was well marked with blue diamond signs all the way. NOT as tough to find as others say!
It turns out a rented ford Taurus CAN survive 15 miles of logging roads. I approached from the south with only the written descriptions from the highpoint guidebooks to provide direction. At some point I was fairly confident I was going to have to ditch a broken down car and hike back to the highway. But I made it, with some good memories and stories. I took the northern route on the way out, which was much easier on the poor rented Taurus.
HP# 39 - after a 6 year dry spell of no new hp's. Another one here that says the map the staff at the L'Anse visitor center is a fantastic tool and keep following the little blue arrow signs to the top. There was only one intersection we didn't see one and we started to despair when the road started going downhill. Don't be fooled - it goes back up again.
Spectacular foliage colors in all of Michigan and the dogs had a great time running around in the woods
We drove all the way up from Madison the week before Ironman Wisconsin. Because I was more focused on the race, I didn't do my homework before we set out. Big mistake, but luckily we managed our way through (from Champion to the south). In spite of the fact I did not receive a cell signal, the little blue dot on my phone continued to show me our proximity to Mt. Arvon, and from there I was able to guess which way we were to take at intersections (with a couple wrong turns).
I do not recommend that strategy at all.
The unexpected inordinate amount of time spent on these roads meant we did not get to spend the time we would have wished at Pictured Rocks. Oh well, I guess we will be returning to the UP.
Did this on the same day as Timms Hill in Wisconsin. I became one of the many folks that got lost in the maze of logging roads, and it took me a few hours before I was finally led to the right path. Lesson learned: don't use a GPS to find highpoints anymore. But, the blue signs put up were very helpful.
Grand tour of the upper Great Lakes. #32HP for me. With Lillian, friends John and Barb, and pups.
Drove up from Merrill, WI having summited Timm's Hill the previous day. Long drive, made worst by being alone. It was very hot and humid (90-degrees+) in the U.P. Camped at Baraga State Park that evening before heading home.
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 !