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Ascent of Mount Arvon on 1998-05-21

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Thursday, May 21, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Arvon
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1979 ft / 603 m

Ascent Trip Report

I left Eagle Mountain (Minnesota HP) around 9 a.m. and retraced my steps through Duluth, then across the north tip of Wisconsin, to get to Mount Arvon, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I showed up at an information kiosk outside of the town of L'Anse at 5 p.m., just before they were going to close. There, I was given excellent and updated information on getting to the highpoint. They were most helpful.

Getting to Mount Arvon involves driving through miles of gravel logging roads in the forests, which can be tricky if the route is not well marked or if the roads are in poor shape. Fortunately, the information provided to me was accurate and up-to-date, and I negotiated the bumps, mudpits and washouts in the road with little problem to get within a few hundred yards of the top. The route is blazed with blue diamond-shaped directional signs.

Once parked, I hiked the rest of the way, following the road. After a short hike, I was at the USGS benchmark and registry on the top of Mount Arvon. There are no views from the forested top, but there is a clearing along the road about 1 mile northwest of the hill that gives a relatively unobstructed view of the heavy forest atop Mount Arvon. Happy, I retreated and retraced my steps to L'Anse, then south to Iron Mountain on the Michigan-Wisconsin state line. I stayed in Iron Mountain for the night.

The "old" state highpoint was Mount Curwood, at elevation 1,978 feet, only a foot lower than Mount Arvon. A survey in 1982 (about then) found Arvon to be higher by a foot. It's probably a good idea to do both, but I did not. Curwood is located nearby but I didn't do it. If I'm ever in the area again I'll probably visit it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:101 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Trailhead:1878 ft / 572 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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