Exploring some L'Anse backroads, looking for a place to piss, ended up seein' a sign for Mount Arvon and thought I'd give it a try. The logging roads were easy enough to follow but if you didn't pay attention you could definitely end up a little lost out there. Nice day, had the top to myself, no leaves left on the trees and definitely no view, but peaceful and quiet on a crisp autumn evening.
Conditions were good. Tourism office in L'Anse was helpful with map and info. Easy. Pretty area.
On Aug 8, 2007, I drove the many dirt roads to the high point with my Honda Civic. It looked like the road was extended to within 50 feet of the high point. Very new roads. Quite bumpy the last mile and steep. The gravel they used for the new road was very sharp, mostly iron. It could very easily cut your cars tires. My car changed color from silver to tan during the 30+ mile round trip off road. Very easy to find. Warning, watch out for the large trucks.
Third loop of US HP...
A million of mosquitos...
The logging road maze doesn't seem to be quite as bad as it once was, but you can certainly still get lost if proper attention is not paid. The summit has a nice register box left by the BSA and there were hundreds of entries when we visited!
Followed the outline of the directions from a couple of different sources. It's not hard to get to. Just that both sets of directions seemed a little off to me. If you follow the frame and use common sense, it's no problem. It is TOUGH on your car though towards the end! But I had a rental car so the joke was on them! Summit area was in crappy condition. Some beat up rusted benches, and an old rusted BBQ pit. Must have forgotten my hot dogs and hamburgers.
Before the Summit Trail was completed there was a rugged 2-track the last mile to the summit. We beat the hell out of our Subaru climbing it (lost a hubcap:). Not the most brilliant thing I've ever done. Glad they built the trail.
Wasn't able to make it past the first gravel pit, 32" fell 2 days before, and there were no tracks what so ever. Steve Koski at Indian Country Sports, was the best advise and help you could ask for. He has Mt. Arvon Keychains (for a souvenir) for $2. nice litte gift. Ate at the Hilltop Restaurant, Which has the LARGEST CINNAMON BUNS you have ever seen! I highly recommend.
As a student at Michigan Tech in Houghton, I decided it be good to visit Arvon. My 1st highpoint.
Slightly raining but still a nice easy hike. Driving to it was the hardest part.
We parked our vehicle near the gravel pit just beyond Roland lake. The L' Anse area received 6 inches of snow the night before. The tree branches were covered with snow and it made the route a winter wonderland. We cross country skiied about 5.6 miles down Ravine River Road till it got steep and then hiked the last half mile and carried our skis. We only met 4 other people who were on snowmobiles. The summit is only 1979 feet, but it was a tough 12.2 mile roundtrip climb in the snow. The benches and picnic table at the summit were covered with snow. We had lunch, signed the register in the yellow mailbox, and then had a blast skiing back. Downhill was much easier. A great day with my wife Mary and son Ryan. HP #6.
Big mistake with all the snow on the ground. Luckily for me I ran into a helpful Michiganer who helped point me to the summit. It was a lot of work, but worth it. (I am not positive on the exact date)
Wish we had summitpost.org back then, maybe we could have found this state high point. We drove around for 3 hours on bad roads up there and hiked around with some instructions that some people in town gave us, but no dice. I guess we'll have to go back.
Easy stroll. Saw frogs and a deer.
My 10th state highpoint. We had the place all to ourselves with nice weather to boot.
I made the mistake of doing this one with lots of snow still on the ground and me driving a Plymouth Reliant. Obviously, I didn't get all the way to the trailhead parking lot, so I hoofed it in my moonboots uphill through pretty deep snow. The summit is very peaceful as it is surrounded by trees (no view). The UP is an interesting place. The woods are tremendous, and Lake Superior is always awesome. There is a sense of sad isolation in this part of the country, though. I wonder about its economy.
Very rainy, still summited with my dad. this is my latest highpoint, 5 down 45 to go!
A peaceful summit. Plenty of quiet woods. We were alone until a reporter and photographer showed up from the L'Anse newspaper to do a story on the highpoint. They had heard that a few people were stopping by to visit. I'm sure there are many more these days. I never saw the newpaper article, so I don't know if it was flattering or if we were portrayed as kooks. Before we left we met a forester in charge of management for the area. While chatting with him, we saw a pine marten racing around in the woods near us.
Parked 5 miles below summit. Saw moose tracks. Lots and lots of biting insects.