One of the most important things to know on Isle Royale is the distance between camp sites. Most backpackers usually don’t go for more than 10-15 miles per day on the higher end, though certainly many people hike up to 20 miles per day (especially with a lighter pack).
Take your time on Isle Royale. It depends on how far you plan to hike and for how long, but for the most part you don’t need to do more than about 12-14 miles in a day.
We recommend printing this mileage chart out and taping it to the back of your map! Check out our Maps page for printable maps of Isle Royale.