Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (60,000 acres) is one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the "Porkies" a trip to remember. Black bears are common in the Porkies.
Did this as part of a larger backpacking loop within the Porcupine Mountains and loved the view. Minor elevation changes, much of the trail is fairly easy and on dirt, while some sections are rockier and more challenging. Went in late September and saw no one else at any of the campsites, almost all of which have bear poles and fire rings. Several of the campsites are just a few steps of the lake.
Cliff S. on Mirror Lake Trail
Did all 12.3 miles. Mud, roots, elevation, and water describe it. Went clockwise from trailhead. Last mile on escarpment is great.
Great hiking with minor elevation changes. Very nice campsites. We went at the beginning of September and there wasn't any issue getting first pick of the site we wanted. Saw a few people in hammocks near the shore. That seemed pretty cool! I highly suggest this trail.
The Escarpment Trail offers breathtaking views through vigin forests of hemlock, sugar maples, birch, and many other kinds of trees. Being so close to Lake Superior, temps in the summer are often very mild. Be prepared for lots of up and down hiking with several beautiful bluff vistas from which to peer down on Lake of the Clouds and the Carp River. FYI - bring bug spray. My wife and I really enjoyed the trail and will do it again.