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Ascent of Mount Arvon on 2015-07-19

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Arvon
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1978 ft / 602 m

Ascent Trip Report

StHP – BARAGA COUNTY, MICHIGAN
MOUNT ARVON
1979.238 ft.

Sunday, 7/19/2015

Most state HP’s don’t require supplemental trip reports. But the information I gathered on the approach to Mount Arvon might be useful for future visitors.

It was Sunday morning, and I had just awakened after spending the night in my car. I drove to the Baraga County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. The place was not open on the weekend, but I found some route information to Mount Arvon posted in their window. I was just in the process of hand-copying the material when a man drove up and went inside the building. I asked him if I could come inside to see what information was available for Mount Arvon; he permitted me to do so.

I found one of the blue flyers that was taped to the window. The flyer shows the GPS coordinates to Mount Arvon, and it also shows approach instructions from the visitor center. For those future visitors who might not have a gracious person to let them into the visitors’ center, Here is what the flyer says (mileages are point-to-point, not cumulative):

From the visitors’ center, proceed north into L’Anse on Broad St.
After 0.7mi, turn RIGHT on Main St. Out of town, Main St. becomes Skanee Road.
After 16.1mi, turn RIGHT on Roland Lake Road, where the Zion Lutheran Church is on
the SE corner.
After 2.9mi, turn RIGHT on Ravine River Road.
After 6.1mi, turn RIGHT when you come to a T-intersection. From here, it is less than
2mi to the summit parking lot.
After 0.2mi, turn LEFT at the fork.
After 0.1mi, turn RIGHT at the fork.
After 0.4mi, turn RIGHT at the fork.
After 0.4mi, turn RIGHT
After 0.75mi, you will arrive at the summit parking lot.

If you are using a GPS to aid with the navigation, you should wait until you reach the Zion Lutheran Church before relying on it. Once I got to Roland Lake Road, my GPS took me right to the parking lot. Before that, apparently due to numerous “logging roads” and other routes from L’Anse, the GPS attempted to lead me along those lesser paths. Follow the directions shown above for the BEST and RECOMMENEDE approach to Mount Arvon.

Along the way, you will know that you are on the right route because you will see numerous signs pointing you in the right direction. You will see blue diamond-shaped signs and blue and white diamond signs with white MT. ARVON printed on the blue arrow. I also saw red numbers blazing the distance on the trees every ½ mile.
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