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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (60,000 acres) is one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the "Porkies" a trip to remember. Black bears are common in the Porkies.

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Amazing views of the forest and of Lake Superior

the trail itself was fantastic, the view from the tower was 3/5. just my opinion.

Pretty easy hike. The waterfalls were really cool to see and lots of easy paths.

hiking
27 days ago

I would highly recommend starting this trail from lake of the clouds. It reaches some nice bluffs and some great view of the park. At that point I would turn around. After that it is nothing but woods for about 7 miles until it reaches up with Lake Superior trail. Overall some cool views but also some very boring parts for a long distance.

hiking
27 days ago

We hiked this trail the past week and it was not that enjoyable. Plenty of muddy sections and stays in the woods for the most part. The view of lake superior were cool but stayed about the same the entire time. Doing the whole hike was pretty brutal and I would not repeat this tail. It also took us a very long time to finish this and carp river trail back to lake of the clouds.

Beautiful. West trail easier and more groomed than the East side . All the Waterfalls are stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful walk this morning. The river is soft ,gentle and pleasing along this trail . The quotes posted from a miner from 1800’s also adds character to the hike . It was quiet and were able to cool our feet a couple times in the cool water . Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Budget more time than expected- trail is very muddy and obstacles i.e. fallen trees are very prevalent. Second half is nice when hiking along Lake Superior, but beginning portion is standard forest.

Gorgeous waterfall views. Some sections of the East River Trail are closed but remaining path is in good condition. Small amounts of up/down, I would rate it on the easier side of moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Secluded with nice views of Big Carp River/Lake of the Clouds. Took

It’s logging road that goes nowhere. Full of dear flys.

Beautiful place to visit in the fall. Easy hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in the park. Great views of the river and dense forest. Was pretty muddy in sections once you come off the river, but should be better the later you go in the year. All of the campsites along this trail are great so you really can't go wrong. Already planning my trip back.

hiking
1 month ago

The most beautiful trail in the park. If there's one thing you do in the Porkies, it has to be the Escarpment. Especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset over the Lake of the Clouds. You won't be disappointed!

backpacking
1 month ago

The Lake Superior Trail is wonderful once you get past the down trees and excess mud the first several miles. Definitely slowed us down but was oh-so worth it once we reached the shoreline and our campsite. Check with rangers before you leave to see the condition of trails. Would've made a big difference for us!

hiking
1 month ago

Much better trail than the description describes!! Much of the trail is along a creek with beautiful small waterfalls and gorgeous rock outcroppings. One picturesque background after another. Pictures can’t do it justice honestly!! We were amazed!! Highly recommend this trail!! Short and VERY SWEET!

Hike date May 14, 2018:

Big Carp trail and Superior trails are swampy right now do to the large amount of snow received and melted in the Porkies this year. A lot of downed trees and thick mud on the Superior trail. Escarpment trail was lovely.

I wouldn't recommend this entire loop to be honest. The Superior Trail doesn't stay on the shore completely so while the views were nice yesterday due to the leaves not being in for the year, the Superior views will be obstructed in a few weeks. You walk through a lowland swamp for most of it. Much of the Big Carp Trail is the same. It isn't particularly enjoyable to traverse downed trees in mud after 15 miles completed. Government Peak, to Mirror Lake, then North and across the Escarpment trail is a more enjoyable loop, in that order, as I have hiked just about every mile of trail in the park. Hiking North on the Pinkerton Creek trail to overnight at the Big Carp Cabin is nice as is the Presque Isle River Trail on the West end of the park. I would consider this trail again in the Autumn if not too wet. I have a feeling the mosquitoes will be heavy this year given the amount of standing water. If you want a great workout this would be ok right now but the combination of mud, swamp, bug arrival, and downed trees do not make this loop worth the effort right now. Couldn't wait for this hike to end and I'm an avid hiker. If you are only around for a day, I'd do the Escarpment Trail and the Presque Isle River trail with a stop to do the trail at the Summit Peak Scenic area which is just amazing in the Fall and early Winter when there is a some snow cover but the road isn't yet closed.

Fantastic views the whole trail! I would say it’s on the harder side of moderate but totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

I did South Mirror Lake. Super muddy, but lovely. I only saw 2 other hiking parties. Very quiet and peaceful.

Beautiful 360 view when you reach the top of the observation tower. Well worth the short uphill hike to the top.

This was my first backpacking trip, I left Chicago bright and early and arrived in the Porkies around 2 in the afternoon. I hiked down to Mirror Lake and camped my first night there. I enjoyed watching some loons traversing the lake as smoke from other campfires slowly crept across the water as the sun was setting. As night began to fall I heard the forest come alive with the sound of an owl that was in the area. I had a fire built up, and enjoyed a nice freeze dried meal. The site I was at that evening was equipped with a bear pole to hang my food on, and there was a pit toilet about 100 yards from the site back in the bush that I stumbled upon while harvesting firewood.
The next day I headed off down the trail to Lake Superior which was where I would set my camp up for that evening. The hiking was fantastic, I did get turned around once where I ended up on the NCT which also passes through the park, but I quickly realized my error and only had to backtrack about a half mile, if even that. That day I crossed a small creek and a river and climbed and descended many hills (calling them hills for lack of a better word) I came across other campers and hikers who were all rather friendly and even was able to strike up a conversation with a few of them. I reached the lake around 2:30 or 3:00 after about 5 hours of hiking and began to set my camp up.
Sleeping next to the lake was rather peaceful as I listened to the waves roll up on the shore, however for being Mid-June, the temperature dipped really low, and I actually woke up shivering in the middle of the night because I was so cold. But I layered up, and went back to bed.
The next day it began to rain, and I decided to just hike out that day instead of having to deal with the rain. I should have stayed because the last night there I was planning on staying on top of one of the ridges that overlooked carp river, and it was a beautiful sight to see. I would recommend this hike to anyone, and am planning to return back there this summer (2018).

This is a great loop. Walking along the lake give awesome opportunities for photos and rest spots where you can dip your feet in the water.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful inland views with large nature trees. As with any of the trials here in the porcupine mountains. Get used to tree roots and mud puddles

backpacking
8 months ago

This can be a very difficult hike especially when it's the trial you use to start off. Your pack is the heaviest and your body has to right away get used to tough uphill and downhill. Great hike though

backpacking
8 months ago

Beautiful. Highly recommend staying the night on the campsite that's on the point of the lake. Watch for bears on the cliff infront of you!

backpacking
8 months ago

Love this loop. Stayed on this trial several times. The hike is quite hard going uphill sometimes, especially if it's early in your trip and your backpack is heaviest. But beautiful views and river crossings. Highly recommend if you don't mind getting a little muddy.

amazing view. pristine wilderness. vast.

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing hike with Fall leaves changing. Beautiful, well maintained trail through the forest. We got a late start so had to head back early when it got dark, lots of rocks and roots to trip you up in the dark.

Trail was very beautiful! Short and sweet! Personally, I would rate the trail as easy. We experienced a bit of mud, so you may want some good shoes!

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