Ascent of Mount Arvon on 2012-07-16

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Monday, July 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:Mount Arvon
    Elevation:1978 ft / 602 m

Ascent Trip Report

We stopped at the tourist information building in L'Anse and received directions from a friendly lady inside. From there we drove down Broad Street and took a left on Main. Eventually this road becomes Skanee Road, which goes on for quite a while. Eventually we found the right turn at the church onto Roland Lake Road. This is a good gravel road that takes you to a T intersection at the lake where we went right onto Ravine River Road. This road isn't as wide, but it is still easy gravel. At 1.8 miles we drove through an odd looking quarry/clearing with many questionable road intersections. We stayed on the main road which was still in decent condition. There were continually blue diamonds marking the intersections and even a road sign or two pointing us in the right direction the rest of the way. The road continued to be impressively maintained, yet the last couple of miles were definitely one lane road. Only twice did we encounter sandy patches that our street motorcycles had the potential to have problems with. The longest patch was no more than ten feet long, though, and we didn't have any problems. From the parking lot at the top we walked the incredibly short distance to the top and together claimed our 7th state highpoint summit. Out to the north of the summit is a relatively new cut in the trees made especially for highpointers to enjoy a view. Despite the fog on the lake, we could make out Huron Bay and Point Abbaye. Also at the top we met a man who was camping near Roland Lake who had decided to follow us up to see where we were going. He had never been to a state highpoint before and seemed a bit amused at all of the signage at the top. On the way back down we drove in a few spits of rain, but never anything substantial. Back at the tourist kiosk we were given a certificate of achievement for the demanding ascent. I'd recommend it to any motorcyclists that want some adventure riding with a destination in the UP.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:23 ft / 6 m
    Elevation Loss:23 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:16 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0.1 km
    Trailhead:1962 ft / 598 m
    Time Up:2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:23 ft / 6 m
    Extra Gain:7 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.1 km
    Trailhead:1962 ft / 598 m
    Time Down:2 Minutes

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