Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 49.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Marais, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
Trails vary from moderate to difficult. Sand dunes, cliffs, wooded areas, rivers, mud, uphill, and downhill. This area is good anytime from early spring to late fall. It is recommended to not go in early June. That is when the flies are in the area and they are bad, almost intolerable at times. Go early May or wait until July when the flies have moved further south.
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!
Closer to an easier moderate trail. Love the views and the squeaky sand. Just be careful of the black flies during the summer.
Great trail, wicked views and nice campgrounds along the way. Make sure you stop in for pizza and beer at the local brewery in Grand Marais after the trail, well worth it!
beautiful area with sweeping views of Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks. We really enjoyed our time here (except when it rained). I would recommend spending more time on the western half of the trail, as that is the most picturesque. Do you research on campsites!
One of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. This trail made me fall in love with hiking. I will definitely be making another 10 hr trip back here in the next couple years.
Parked at Little Beaver Lake w first night at Coves Group site. Hiked wo packs to Chapel Rock then collected our packs to hike to 7 Mile beach group site for a night. Fabulous beach on Lk Superior! Next day hiked to Lowney group site with a fabulous beach on Beaver Lake. 4th day hiked out to parking lot at Little Beaver campground. Great trip of about 30 miles.
nice long picturesque ice hike beautiful
I hiked this trail 43 years ago but after a recent day trip I plan on re-hiking it soon. There were terrible black flies but the hike along the lake was great.
Hiked Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore twice now from end to end. It is a great relaxing hike. Very easy and though you are out away from civilization you do cross through tourist spots where you can use toilets or outhouses. A great first time hike or if you are just looking for an easier hike.
Hiked 10 miles of it a couple years ago. Absolutely stunning views of Lake Superior!
We kayaked this on a damp day and it was by far the best kayaking experience I've ever had. So amazing to go up close and paddle into the caves. We even ate lunch in one of the caves.
Amazing vistas, semi-rugged terrain, and relative solitude. It stormed the entire trip but was still one of the best experiences ever.
Michigan at it's finest!