Mount Arvon Climber's Log

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Paul McClellan

Paul McClellan - Jul 14, 2014 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2014

Good Road Directions  Sucess!

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.

Jimmy Rivers

Jimmy Rivers - Jul 6, 2014 2:35 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2014

Back roads of the UP, Michigan  Sucess!

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!

IdahoScott

IdahoScott - Apr 7, 2014 6:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2003

Highpoint #10  Sucess!

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.

JohnMcPike

JohnMcPike - Oct 10, 2013 12:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2013

Woohoo  Sucess!

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

huskertriguy

huskertriguy - Sep 18, 2013 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2013

Another Hopelessly Lost Driver  Sucess!

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.

SHP #34.

skinnywhitecomic

skinnywhitecomic - Sep 13, 2013 12:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2013

HP #32  Sucess!

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.

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Sep 10, 2013 6:54 am Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013

Great Lakes Road Trip  Sucess!

Grand tour of the upper Great Lakes. #32HP for me. With Lillian, friends John and Barb, and pups.

MJS

MJS - Aug 22, 2013 12:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2013

U.S. Highpoint #4 - Mount Arvon  Sucess!

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.

IagosGhost

IagosGhost - Aug 16, 2013 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2013

Scary Drive  Sucess!

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.

3girlsanddad

3girlsanddad - Jul 13, 2013 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013

The backstory is the best  Sucess!

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.

DarrenKnezek

DarrenKnezek - Jul 1, 2013 9:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2013

HP#18  Sucess!

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.

xbaghat

xbaghat - Jun 14, 2013 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2013

forty-four  Sucess!

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Fletch

Fletch - Dec 28, 2012 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2011

cinamon rolls in lans  Sucess!

brings back good memories...

jeffh25

jeffh25 - Aug 7, 2012 9:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2012

HP # 32.  Sucess!

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.

milanite

milanite - Aug 17, 2011 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2010

Mount Arvon in Early Fall  Sucess!

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 !

xpda

xpda - Aug 10, 2011 5:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 1997

Michigan  Sucess!

Drove up.

gwave47

gwave47 - Jun 19, 2011 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2011

HP 44  Sucess!

A lot of sucky logging roads to drive through on the way. Glad my civic made it out with the oil pan still attached.

HP44

kiki91302 - Jun 2, 2011 8:32 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2011

MT ARVON  Sucess!

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:)

phillinley

phillinley - May 30, 2011 4:23 pm

summit sign was broke  Sucess!

The sign has fallen down, looks like the wood on the sign itself was just rotten.

Winex

Winex - Sep 15, 2010 9:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2006

On our way to Maine  Sucess!

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!

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