Welcome to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America's first National Lakeshore. Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike over 100 miles of trails, and experience the serenity of the northern hardwood forest. In the spring, a new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers. Summer gives way to warm basking days. Blinking lights of orange, red, and yellow signal the wonder of change in autumn. In the winter, the raw windy beauty of snow frequents the days though periodically the snow blazes forth with sunlight. Take time to experience and learn about the different worlds of Pictured Rocks, a mosaic of colors, textures, and sights. Enjoy your stay!
Hiked Pictured Rocks 2 times now. Both times Grand Marais to Munising. Hiked beginning or May and mid September. Both hikes were amazing and wonderful. If you are going to hike Pictured Rocks you have to do the whole time, don't start at beaver creek or the chapel region. That is not due justice to this amazing and natural beauty. Almost all the campsites I've stayed at were great (au sable, coves, beaver creek, mosquito, chapel, pine bluff, seven mile creek) with the exception of cliffs (pretty lame and no clean water). The eastern half is sandy, dunes, hardwood forest and mostly uneventful from Michigan landscape. when you reach 12 mile beach you start to enjoy Lake Superior and may even take a swim, both times I went (May and September) I froze! The sites with creeks or streams are excellent. Once you get to coves (25ish miles into trip) you start really getting into the heart of pictured rocks. The views are astounding and chapel/mosquito areas are amazing. The side hikes in the area don't disappoint, although they can be muddy after a spring thaw. The trail after miners castle isn't very pleasant either with no access to water and swampy conditions that almost require a boardwalk for roughly the 8 miles back to Munising. The trail gets confusing in the cross-country skiing area after standpoint.
Overall one of my favorite hikes. I usually take 5 days to enjoy the sights and nature. Can be done in 3 if you are quick. Only downside of chapel/mosquito area is no campfires, the pit toilets are a reward though!
Angie B. on Pictured Rocks
Not physically demanding. Amazing views (like everywhere up there)!
Angie B. on Miners Falls Trail
Easy with a gorgeous payoff!
Did this trail Memorial Day 2015. Simply amazing! Not physically difficult. Definitely plan your trip. Book early so you can select the sites you want. Took a shuttle from Munising to Grand Marais. Super nice people. Started at Grand Marais with mostly wooded hike. Sable Dunes is spectacular. Stayed first night at Sable East. Awesome views. Easy access to water. Tough 12+ mile hike second day. Hike along the water is very beautiful. Interior hike was a bit blah following the water and cliff views. Second night was at Beaver Creek. More awesome views and cool sites. Bear boxes at both sites. Hike day three from Beaver Creek to Chapel Beach was amazing yet again. Had to depart early due to lightning approaching so hiked out to parking lot near Chapel parking lot. BEWARE: ZERO CELL COVERAGE! Hitched a ride to main road and shuttle picked up at corner store. Overall an incredible experience! We apparently did the ugliest part first. If that section was less desirable, can't imagine the rest!
Me: 40s, 5'11, 185lbs in moderately good physical condition. Carried 85L pack
Girlfriend: 40s, 5'3", 115lbs in moderately good condition. Carried 65L pack