The Casques-Isles hiking trail begins in Terrace Bay, along the spectacular 100 foot Aguasabon Falls & Gorge, the trail follows the shoreline, hopping from bay to bay until finally reaching Rossport, the total length being 52 km. The trail is divided into 5 sections. These sections vary in hiking time and difficulty so that both the advanced and the amateur hiker can enjoy the north shore of Lake Superior.
Trip was planned to hike sections of the Voyageur Trail along the Canadian North Shore of Lake Superior. Maps & information were not easy to obtain but we managed to get a simple map of the Casque Isles section between Rossport & Terrace Bay. The trails were in good shape with adequate signage. Some sections needed better signage, but information from locals in Schreiber was valuable. Camp sites for thru-hiking were not easy to locate but there are plenty of coves with beaches that provide for camping possibilities. Highly recommend this area as a destination for 3-5 days excursion.
From the president of hiking association: "We have 80 distance and identification signs going up shortly over the length of the trail. The town of Schreiber is about mid point with great access either way."
Note: The following sites may be useful if planning a trip:
From another member:
Bigsby's appraisal of Superior's north shore from the top of pic Island in 1823
"As I turned towards the land, tall casque-shaped Islands were seen here and there, full of sinuosities and overlooked by pleasingly grouped hills of conical or waved outline from 800 feet. I was well repaid for the trouble of the ascent".
mmmm, yes, mmmm ... you don't say Mr. Bigsby.
Rossport--across HWY 17 at east turnoff into town.
Schreiber--Lake Superior beach either way or Winnipeg St. S access.
Terrace Bay--Aquasabon gorge parking lot or beach access.
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Posted By: geeguy
- Wed Apr 12 14:15:45 UTC 2006
UpsideGreat views fo Lake Superior. Great blueberries even in early September. Very few other hikers therefore lots of space & chance to see wildlife. DownsideSignage and trail maps were hard to find. CommentHiked sections of the trail in September 2003,primarily as long day hikes (stayed at Rainbow Falls campground). Trail conditions were very good. Plenty of high ridge views, quiet beaches and wooded trails. (btw: I have some photos taken from 2003 is you would like them)