Mount Arvon Climber's Log

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Wallylongridge

Wallylongridge - Nov 15, 2018 7:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2018

#11  Sucess!

I’m a long way from Calif.

kteichert

kteichert - Sep 20, 2018 9:55 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2018

State Highpoint #37  Sucess!

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!

marciamallow

marciamallow - Aug 5, 2018 1:21 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2018

HP #38  Sucess!

You can drive all the way up to the highpoint with a high clearance 4x4

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Jun 10, 2018 2:32 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2018

Ticks, Misleading signs!  Sucess!

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.

Kristalea

Kristalea - Apr 17, 2018 1:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2017

Highpoint #10  Sucess!

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!

emilyseven99 - Feb 22, 2018 6:38 pm

Winter Climb Mount Arvon  Sucess!

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.

joseyinnet

joseyinnet - Jul 9, 2017 10:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2017

HP #37  Sucess!

Went up just after a torrential thunderstorm. Pretty muddy, but nice sunset on the thunderheads while driving back to L'Anse.

maddie77777

maddie77777 - Jun 5, 2017 10:30 am Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2017

HP # 30  Sucess!

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!

chmoore577

chmoore577 - Feb 2, 2017 5:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014

Highpoint #22  Sucess!

Long drive from GA. Arvon and Timms Hill on same day.

Adam Doc Fox

Adam Doc Fox - Jan 8, 2017 5:28 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2017

Sled Heads   Sucess!

Nice way to start the New Year--snowmobiling to da top of Michigan.

Jman - Sep 28, 2016 1:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2016

That was easy  Sucess!

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.

larvitar

larvitar - Sep 3, 2016 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2016

Larvitour Stop #28  Sucess!

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. :)

harbor

harbor - Jun 17, 2016 10:36 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2016

Good conditions  Sucess!

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.

punchline

punchline - Jun 6, 2016 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2016

Highpoint #40  Sucess!

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.

sgb02d

sgb02d - May 22, 2016 8:30 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2016

The Drive was Challenging  Sucess!

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.

ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Aug 7, 2014 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2014

Drive up surprise  Sucess!

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

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

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