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Welcome to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America's first National Lakeshore. Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike over 100 miles of trails, and experience the serenity of the northern hardwood forest. In the spring, a new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers. Summer gives way to warm basking days. Blinking lights of orange, red, and yellow signal the wonder of change in autumn. In the winter, the raw windy beauty of snow frequents the days though periodically the snow blazes forth with sunlight. Take time to experience and learn about the different worlds of Pictured Rocks, a mosaic of colors, textures, and sights. Enjoy your stay!

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
24 days 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
26 days 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
26 days 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.

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.

It’s pictured rocks...it rocks!

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.

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.

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