First Backpack Trip

Came here for my first Backpack one nighter. I stayed at site #3 in early June 2020. The sound and sights of the river was mesmerizing. Mosquitoes were the worst in the parking lot but tamed once I got moving and applied some spray. The walk in was a little confusing and I took the wrong right turn but it was easy to get back to the main path then get back on track. Rugged terrain with rocks and roots, ups and downs, and so beautiful!! The smell of hemlocks was so lovely and the wildflowers made me swoon. Logs were set around a fire ring. There was no bear locker and I had to hang my bag. The primitive toilet was a little walk and closer to the next backpack site (#4). I believe there was a pit toilet in the parking lot as well.


Not sure how it happened but mid-August I scored cart in spot 46 in the lower campground, right on Lake Superior!! The carts appeared newly updated and rode well. The walk from car to site was short. It's up on a little "cliff" but getting to the shore is accessible, though somewhat steep. There was a pit toilet a short walk away. No trees present that would make a hammock tenting possible.


Stopped here for the night while hitting up the northern most north shore state parks (Grand Portage is 45 minutes north) in mid-August. I was in site 1, which had a nice elevated tent pad but I was able to set up my hammock with trees near the parking spot. Site 1 is nice and private but all entering vehicles pass this spot. Due to covid, running water facilities were closed but pit toilets were available.

Mid-Oct camping

Took a last minute road trip to RMNP with no lodging pre-planned Oct 17. Found first come first serve sites at the remaining open campground in the park. There were a few sites available mid day in the two open loops of the campground. I decided on site 1, with views on all sides! There was a wind advisory and fire ban (understandably). Bear lockers provided, found it ample, clean, and latched well. There's a small walk from car to site, but not at all sites. I found most sites to be nicely spaced out. Only downside of site 1 was a bright light at the office/Ranger area. Lots of great hiking a short drive away and wonderful wildlife viewing within walking distance. Pit toilets available mid October but not shower or running water toilets. Found one faucet near entrance of campground to fill my water jugs.