Explore the most popular birding trails in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This trail is beautiful. We hiked this trail on October 5 and there was quite a bit of fall color. There were no bugs at all and the weather was a little chilly, but not too bad overall. On the chapel trail there were a few parts where it was muddy, but it was not too difficult. However, the mosquito trail portion seemed to be mostly mud and water. There had been a storm the day before, so that definitely made everything wetter. It took us about five hours to finish the loop and the views along the rocks are not to be missed. Chapel rock and Beach were two of our favorites especially when you have a little bit of fall color on top of the rocks. There were not too many people on the trail and it was very peaceful. At times it was completely silent, which was a little spooky :) Overall I would highly recommend this trail, but make sure you have good waterproof boots!

What else can I say! National treasure

Absolutely a gorgeous hike in the fall. With plenty of places to stop and take pictures, catch your breath from the hills or just the beauty, I’d say give yourself a good 7-8 hours to hike this trail. Keep an eye on weather leading up to your trip because plenty of low lying spots get muddy. Temps can vary, coastal temps are much cooler than inland so wear layers. No wildlife was seen but plenty of people. Only serious hikers should attempt the loop, most regulars turn back at he beach so it will be quiet and lonely walking the cliffs to mosquito falls. Enjoy the peace and solitude this trail brings. Quite a special Michigan adventure!

I went from Mosquito around to chapel. Very picturesque. I got confused a couple time where the trail wasnt marked well. But hey!! I made it out !!

a very nice trail with beautiful views Lakeshore along with pictured rocks Woods sand dunes really nice Trail got a little hilly but as long as you're expecting it and you're in pretty good shape you won't have any trouble the beginning mile of the trails pretty boring but you appreciate it walking back once you're tired you know you're last miles going to be easy Ranger at the Lighthouse was nice Campground was great very nice quiet we stayed in the upper but there's also lower along the lake

Amazing hike but with the side hikes for the views ended up being 12 miles. Was worth every step. Truly amazing

Excellent trail. Stop and see the shipwreck, lots of good rock hunting. The light house was nice and the trail beyond was beautiful.

We just completed this hike in August. It was our first backpacking trip and we had an amazing time! It was my husband and I and our 2 children ages 11 and 13. We did it in 4 days, 3 nights. Our garmin watches clocked it at 48 miles, but that included the distance to and from our campsites, side trails, trips to "toilets" etc. It is claimed to be 42 miles, I believe. I feel it was a great choice for a first backpacking trip because aside from the beautiful views, the sites all have ample bear locker storage, there is plenty of water available (just bring a filter), and pit toilets at most campsite areas. Also, the areas of the trail that are scenic points and accessible by parking lots and drive-in campgrounds gave opportunities for getting rid of trash and bathrooms! We went from Grand Sable Visitor Center to Munising Falls Visitor Center, and used Altran to shuttle us. We had no problems and we felt glad we went westward. The entire trail was beautiful and scenic, but the last half was really the best. I can't recommend this trail enough.

Had a lot of rainfall the day I went and the falls were powerful! Beautiful to see!

I hiked this trail just last Sunday! It was absolutely the best trail, ever!!! The views were gorgeous, the trail was well-marked, etc. I cannot say enough good about this trail...it’s simply a “must do!” Happy hiking!!! :)

Oh! And the bugs....there weren’t any!!

falls are definitely something to see. very nice trail.

Easy out and back worth the effort.

Nice falls, easy to get to and not to many people in the morning.

We took our baby and this was a nice comfortable hike with her in a carrier. Not stroller friendly due to many stairs. Pretty waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice quick trail from parkway my lot to viewing stand. Trail is wide smooth and well maintained. Not very view of the waterfall from the lower platform

Great trail and super-fun climb past the viewing platform to stand at the bottom of the falls and feel the mist!

Very nice easy hike. The trail is an access road to the light house from the parking lot. It is sand and gravel with some potholes that fill up when it rains. The sign says no pets but we ignored it because there’s another sign that says dogs allowed if on a road. The lighthouse museum is open during the summer staffed by volunteers. We met a nice retired lady from Whitehall Michigan. I think it’s only open wed thru sat. But I’m not sure. Some ice views of the waves from the trail.

beautiful fall and love to feel the mist when stand front of the fall

We hiked this loop trail today. Started at 9am and finished at 330. Beautiful views of the cliffs and crashing waves. Majestic walks through the woods with beautiful birch trees arching overhead. We went left from the parking lot and saw mosequito falls. Got to the water and looked over the cliffs about 11am. So many majestic views walking along the cliffs. Had lunch sitting on Indian head cliff. We had originally planned to continue up to spray falls. But we were too tired and it would have added 3 miles out and back. So we skipped it and went to chapel falls and made it back in about 6.5 hrs. It was a perfect hike. Just be sure to bring a lot of bug repellant and water.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty busy trail; the sign at the beginning says less than a mile but it’s definitely over (if that’s a breaking point for you). We ended up climbing through and around the viewing deck to get under the fall - I highly recommend it (with safety precautions like adequate equipment and a partner). The breeze and mist from the waterfall is incredible.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall but there’s no hike involved - entirely boarded walkways. Very family friendly and a quick see.

Wonderful

As far as I am concerned, this is the best hike you can do in Michigan.

The best section of the trail runs from Chapel Beach to Miners Castle. However, the whole lakeshore trail is beautiful and worth doing.

I started at the Au Sable trailhead and went west to Munising falls. I decided on going through the Grand Dunes - the actual trail skirts past the south of the dunes. The dunes are certainly difficult, but the views are absolutely killer once you reach the lake.

I went in mid August and the bugs were not a problem at all. My biggest complaints are how disgusting the campsites were - there were piles of human feces and paper not 25 ft. from the sites I camped at, and it was everywhere. Additionally, all of the sites are communal and isolation/seclusion isn't really a thing.

The trail itself is absolutely breathtaking.

Very easy trail, lots of very pretty areas to look our over Lake Superior.

Beautiful - rain or shine! Prepare to be out there for the long haul though and bring water and maps!

This was a great hike with beautiful views. We had no issues with mosquitos. The trail needs additional markers.

Spent a relaxing 3 day trip hiking along Pictured Rocks Lakeshore. Lake Superior is superior for a reason. It has beautiful clear beaches to enjoy sunsets, quiet campsites, and fairly flat trail most of the way.

Best hike in Michigan

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

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