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Best hike in Michigan

Beautiful waterfall!

Simply unbelievable. The moment when you leave the forested area and see the pictured rocks for the first time is breathtaking.

Great hike-go past the bowls to see the rest of the coastline-out and back 5 miles!

Cool, bring your walking stick for your old knees

While I have been living in Chicago for the past year and am completely nature deprived, I believe this hike to be one of the most scenic I have done, and that is saying a lot! It had everything I wanted in a hike - dense forest, moss, ferns, mushrooms, cliffs, clear blue water, gorgeous views, sandy beaches, etc....I would highly recommend. We started at 1pm and finished at 7:20pm due to stopping and taking so many photos! It was foggy and spooky starting out then the sun broke through and all the landscape could be seen! I also liked how flipping quiet it was on the trail! While the parking lot was completely full, we were by ourselves the whole time. Yay! Hike this trail.

Awesome trail! Has it all - woods, waterfalls, cliffs with gorgeous views of pictured rocks, beach. We were fans of the clockwise path. Only complaint is the crowds, everyone wants a piece of the action. We clocked in at 12.4 miles on this loop, not sure if all our sidebars for pics adds the extra mileage.

hiking
9 days ago

Manitou Falls was beautiful, however we could not walk the trail according to park staff due to washouts from high water. Only reason I have 3 stars is we went down to the lower falls and were able to hike around a bit. With a 4, 6, 8 year old we couldn’t stray from the path too much but it wasn’t even a mile worth of walking. Still a pretty area with the falls.

hiking
11 days ago

Great multi-generational hike, plus our dog was in his element. Easy-moderate hike. Very lovely falls and forest.

hiking
12 days ago

Easy access trail with a beautiful waterfall at the end!

So many amazing views. It was about 10 miles and over 5 hours. It was worth every minute. It is Very hilly.

This trail isn't hard to backpack and the views are breathtaking. The mosquitoes were not bad and we saw a deer.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked this trail a few days ago. Most of the trail was under a tree canopy and about the first mile was boardwalk. After that, there were some ups and downs and parts of the trail were rocky. When the trees opened so we could view Lake Superior and the sea caves, it was incredible. We went only a little bit past the caves for a total round trip of about 3.5 miles.

Beautiful hike with stunning cliff top views. Huge bang for your buck as this trail is not difficult and offers a huge array of scenery. Winding forest trails, waterfalls, clifftop views and vistas of the lake and pictured rocks, time on the beach, and some gorgeous young growth forest.
I recommend LOTS of deet, and packing a lunch to eat on the cliffs.

Beautiful trail with diverse scenery. Did the loop in about 5 hours with some stopping to take pictures. The road to the parking area is terrible however, be prepared to have your entire car shake for about 3 miles.

Not much hiking involved but nice waterfall.

Easy short hike to falls. Very busy. Hope they were about to clean toilets in the park so bad couldn’t even go in.

Beautiful trail that covers diverse terrain. Waterfalls, forests, cliffs. Beautiful sandy beaches. We took about 7 hours to hike this trail. That included several stops at the beach and breathtaking views of the pictured rocks. This trail has it all.

Wonderful short hike with a great view of the waterfall.

hiking
20 days ago

Question: Has anyone partaken in cliff jumping at pictured rocks and if so, where did you park and which trail did you take? I am looking to capture some photos and I only have a day so I am looking for the quickest route.

Beautiful views at every turn! The whole trail took us 4.5 hours with stopping to take a lot of pictures. Don’t miss this one!

Did the loop counterclockwise, we preferred this, were able to relax and enjoy the outstanding Chapel Falls first before ascending to the lengthy but stunning trek along the Pictured Rocks coastline, then weaved back through the woods along Mosquito. Totally worth it, challenging only due to the length of the moderate trail, 10.5 miles of often exposed roots to climb, nothing too bad though, we hiked it in a cold July mist and just found it that much more enjoyable.

Great trail and beautiful views don’t miss it

Amazing views!! A mostly well groomed trail

I just walked this trail with a couple of friends on 07/22/18 and it was GORGEOUS!!
We loved the variety of sights along the way. Every time the trail made a turn, you were greeted with nature's beauty. :-)
We walked the full Chapel Trail Mosquito Falls Loop trail counter-clockwise, but in retrospect, we should have started our hike with Mosquito Falls as the last few miles were definitely more of a challenge than the first three! I would strongly suggest that if you have orthopedic issues (knee/ankle/back) you don't leave the challenge to the end of the hike.
I would still do this trail again!

Loved it! Nice long trail filled with deciduous and evergreen trees and a gorgeous shoreline.

walking
1 month ago

Lovely well maintained trail to the magical Lost Creek Falls. Pretty easy overall, a bit steep for the last 1/4 miles to/from the falls. I live nearby and hike it probably 4/5 times per month.

Pretty great views but my only complaints are that: (1) the trail becomes just impossible to follow after the caves with zero trail markers the whole time that I eventually had to turn around with fear of being lost and (2) the lack of fencing around the caves would make it extremely dangerous to bring small children. That being said, the trail was overall very easy walking, only a few spots where I had to take big step ups/step downs, moments where the trail was slippery, but overall a nice, enjoyable trial! Lots of tree coverage from the sun, cute little streams to enjoy, nice openings where you can enjoy the lake and it’s expanse, and pretty decent teaser views of the caves.

This trail is absolutely beautiful! Chapel rock, chapel falls, and mosquito falls are all wonderful!

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