hiking
bugs
3 days ago

While this journey is scenic and fairly easy because it’s flat, the insects can create their own challenges please take this into consideration when planning your dates for adventure. The campgrounds are only used by hikers and kayakers, and are well spaced apart. The water from Lake superior is cold and refreshing! I did 75% of this trail in my sandals

hiking
11 days ago

Very easy hiking trail with a gorgeous view.

hiking
16 days ago

Gorgeous

hiking
off trail
over grown
snow
washed out
27 days ago

Went from little beaver lake campground to Cliffs Group campground, just past miners castle, all on one day. Weather called for snow tomorrow se we hitched a ride back to the car from miners castle instead of making our way back to the beginning near the hospital. I assume we were one of the first on the trail this year, as the road to beaver lake was impassable by car and the trail had many blockages, and flooding. The trail was even washed away into Lake Superior at some point after chapel falls. You can refund the trail about 200 yards through thick brush neat the cliffs edge. The dog loved the whole way too. Little beaver lake campground was really nice, as was chapel falls. Mosquito, cliffs group, and potato patch campsites were very unequipped and flooded. May 14th and still snowing and 28 overnight.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

This was our most challenging hike yet. We are novice backpackers and before this, had completed only an 18 mile hike. So the 42 miles of pictured rocks lakeshore in 90 degree temperatures over the 4th of July weekend during prime black fly and mosquito season was a CHALLENGE! Overall, the trail ranged from easy to very difficult (some inclines on rugged terrain). If we did it again we would have loved to spend a night at Beaver Creek to fish, swim and enjoy a day there. You are “required” to get a permit to camp in designated campsites and when planning I had to compromise for some campgrounds that weren’t my first pick based on availability, only to then arrive after 12 miles of hiking and find that THERE WERE NO SITES! Instead of harass people and demand to see permits we just camped offsite. Found that BS though- we paid and tried to do things properly. I would do it again in the fall for sure! Beautiful views. Pictured Rocks is one of the United States’ masterpieces! LOVED THE TRAIL!

on Miners Falls Trail

hiking
snow
3 months ago

We hiked this in the winter to see the frozen falls. It was absolutely beautiful. The hike was difficult in 3 feet of snow, but it was an amazing workout and a great payout. The roads aren’t plowed, so we walked 2 miles down a snowmobile trail to Miners Falls trail. Then the 1 mike to the falls. Please be wise if you do this hike in the winter. Dress warm. Have YakTracs or suitable gripping hiking boots. Let others know you are doing it. Bring water and a snack. Leave early to mid day. It’s worth it. I posted winter photos of the falls.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I drove a long ways to get to this trail! I stopped and spoke with a gentleman at a restaurant half way to the Chapel Falls road and he stated that Chapel road was seasonal and not plowed in the winter. He recommended going back to Miners Castle road and walking in from the Carmody intersection as it was plowed to that point only. So, I did! It was an excellent day walking in the forest on a snow covered road. The views from the cliffs of Castle Rock were just like in magazines, I went to the beach and enjoyed that view. I did take the time to go to the lower Miners Falls view platform and as other have stated, the ice pack on the stairs make going down on the outside more of a possibility. The contrast of the brown water against the blue and white of the icicles make it quite picturesque!

on Lakeshore Trail

backpacking
4 months ago

pretty amazing trail lots of awesome views

icy
off trail
snow
4 months ago

this was great. you could drive a snowmobile most of the way in the winter. the steps were completely frozen. however i went to left of the steps and was able to climb down to the 2nd viewing area. it was amazing. I wish I bought a rope so I could climb down further and had a way to come back up. it was just too slippery.

hiking
6 months ago

It’s a pretty simple hiking trail. Mostly flat. If you feel daring enough, you can hike down to the falls (there are no signs saying otherwise). Many people were hiking small trails to the falls to get an up close and personal view. It’s worth it, honestly. Gorgeous waterfall!

backpacking
muddy
washed out
7 months ago

We did the entire 42.5 miles going east to west over the course of four days and three nights: October 25-28. We were fortunate to get great late fall weather. Only saw about 8-10 other backpackers throughout our trip, and had entire campsites to ourselves 2 of the 3 nights (the sites were cramped so it was a treat to have privacy). I’m happy to say I completed the entire trail, but one more night would have been ideal to shorten each leg up by a couple of miles. Next time, I would look to do another three nighter, but start at log slide, and end at miners castle. Although the trail is fast before log slide, it’s comparatively uneventful. Post Miners Castle was a muddy mess; so muddy that it was hard to keep our eye on where the trail was supposed to be, at times. After heavy rains, forget about it. My best advice would be to carefully plan out your trip in advance. Have realistic expectations, don’t try to do too many miles in one day. You must register, book your campsites, and pay online. Then print and carry your permits. We were greeted by an officer at Grand Sauble Visitor Center who requested to view our permits before we even hit the trail. Be aware that some sites do not allow fires (these sites could simply not be options for us in late fall) and some do not have water access. Although, I can say that Potato Patch And Miners Castle are listed as “no water” sites but both had gushing streams just prior to their locations. The overall trail signage was not great, there are no mile markers, and there are not the typical “blue dots” to denote the NCT. I was definitely perplexed by the latter. It certainly would have helped and saved some guessing in the confusing spots. With all of this said, I can’t give less than five stars for this entire experience. It was just amazing to hike, camp, and marvel in the beauty of the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore. Truly a magical place and an experience you will never forget. This trail is a must do for any backpacker!

on Lakeshore Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing. Period.

hiking
7 months ago

UP w 3 dogs

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, variety of scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a really nice hike with lots of beautiful views. Lots of stairs and good elevation. Be prepared.

hiking
8 months ago

Took a shorter loop. Had a great time. Very gorgeous views of both Beaver Lake and Lake Superior..

hiking
8 months ago

Gravel trail with plenty of beach access. Didn’t spot any of the shipwrecks though. Signs at the trailhead say leashed dogs allowed on trail and beaches.

Great trail! Easy traveling for the most part; there is a section with some decent elevation gain but it ends pretty quickly. Pretty views of the forest on trail with occasional glimpses of Lake Superior. The view at the end when you get to the log slide is incredible.

hiking
8 months ago

My son and I did a 3 day, 35.4mile hike of the lakeshore trail starting September 13th. We arrived at Miners Castle to get the shuttle to Sable lake visitor center. You must make reservations with the shuttle ahead, (https://www.altranbus.com/backpacker/) $25 each person. It is a 1 hour ride to the Sable visitor center from Miners Castle which got us there at for a late start. We would have maybe chosen to do a shorter first leg hike next time so we could enjoy the trail more. The first half of the lakeshore hike is mostly sand dunes and forest and very few hikers. We hiked 11.2 miles to Benchmark campground and got there late. Benchmark was not crowded and we setup camp. There is a pit toilet, and the water source is Lake Superior which is ok as long as the lake is calm. It was for us that night but we had North winds the next morning and the surf was too rough to collect water, and we had to use what we had collected the night before. We then hiked 9.2 miles to Beaver Creek campground. The trail was real nice and you cross many streams and outlook bluffs, still not rock cliffs but amazing views of lake Superior and forest hiking. Beaver Creek Campground is very nice lots of campsites and an excellent water source using Beaver Creek. You can swim there and the shoreline is flat with a large area to walk around on and enjoy the sunset. We then  went on to Miners Castle, 15miles to complete our trip. This last part was where we hiked along the rock cliffs and saw the best scenery. The trails are great and well marked the whole  lakeshore hike. We did encounter parts of the trail that were muddy and had to maneuver around fallen trees but I would say it is a moderate hike. If I were to do the lakeshore again I would maybe skip some of the dunes and Start at the Log Side. The Avenza App works excellent the whole way. Using a smartphone with GPS it shows you where on the map your location is and was a great guide even though we did not have Cell phone coverage. Just download the maps from the NCT website for free.  

hiking
8 months ago

Easy, mostly flat gravel trail. There are several spots that you can get down to the beach from the trail. Pretty views and the light house grounds were nice with the fall colors just starting to show.

Nice shaded all wooded trail. No bugs this time of year.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice short walk unless you take the off trail then it’s as long as you want!! Beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

an awesome hike. lots of different looks from massive sandstone formations, to sandy beaches and stunning views along superior, to woodsy boardwalks, to views of smaller lakes. just so much variety. however, will say that the route specified on alltrails does NOT correspond to any marked trails once youre there. be prepared to follow the trail on the app with GPS at certain junctions. you'll be taking turns to campsites that you won't think would be correct.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy gravel trail, well utilized parking was a bit tight on a Sunday afternoon. Beautiful wooded trail, falls are magnificent. Two platforms for viewing.

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