Round-trip: 1.5 km
Location: Silver Bay, MN
This is a fun hike to a small island. You will see a hidden beach and some beautiful cliffs –and of course some breathtaking views of Lake Superior. This is a very photographic location. This hike is rated difficult due to the steep climb to get onto the island as well as the walk through the large boulders of the break-wall.
The back part of the island is home to a number of seagulls. I was nervous that they would not like visitors around their nesting area and tried not to bother them too much. They flew off and did not end up being a problem at all.
From Silver Bay, MN drive southwest on MN-61S for 1.8 miles. Turn left and drive for 300 ft then turn left again and drive for 150 ft. Take the first right and you will see the marina parking lot on the right.
From the marina walk past the docks and head out onto the big boulders of the break-wall. Pick your way through the boulders all the way out to the small island. You will see some fixed ropes that someone has placed there — use these at our own risk! Climb carefully to the top of the small cliff to get onto the island. Before you choose to climb up remember that you will have to come down this way too! From the top you can follow the worn trail to circle the island.