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.
Family HP'ing trip #3 - with Tracy (wife), Alex (son), and Gabbie (daughter, and her 1st HP). Warm and humid, with many bugs. Drove most of the way, walked the rest.
Thanks to Don Holmes, my navigator was able to call turns perfectly as I sped down the old logging roads before a short hike to the top. Probably the most interesting thing at this highpoint was a tree nearly completely demolished by woodpeckers. HP12
Strolled up to Arvon back in '06 on my way back down from a backpacking trip in Isle Royale NP.
It took much longer to drive to this HP than I anticipated, but it was worth it. An early morning start with lots of critters and deer roaming around the woods. Shockingly, I encountered no bugs at this HP.
This was the third of seven HPs attained on my most ambitious weekend HP road trip to date.
First time in the Upper Peninsula. The bugs were bad and made for a quick stay, but we saw a wolf in the woods on our drive back down which made everything worth it. Neat area! HP#36
FINDING THIS PLACE IN THE DARK AND TRYING TO RETRACE THE MAZE BACK AFTERWARD WAS SCARY. ONLY GOT LOST ONCE, BUT NO CELL COVERAGE AND NO SIGN OF ANYONE IN THE DEEP WOODS. A DRIVING ADVENTURE!
no snow until less than a mile away, then at least 6" everywhere. almost got the car stuck. good times...
A great diversion before a trip up to Copper Harbor to take the ferry to Isle Royale. I love the U.P. eh!
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.