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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.

on clear days you can see everything from this tower! multiple states, provinces,

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Did this in Late October. The air was crisp and the views were magnificent!! Careful of the river crossing in the colder months.. friend and I had to use a fallen tree off trail to cross without freezing our nuts off!

Worth the walk. Very beautiful!! Bring bug spray! Lots of bugs!!

It was frosted when we visited and a little stormy. The ground was incredibly muddy with a small stream going through it. Very slippery, but soo worth it! Absolutely stunning views!!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning place. The Lake of the Clouds is so picturesque, specially in the fall❤️

Probably the most beautiful hike in Michigan.

hiking
3 months ago

great fun hike. my favorite hike ever

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trails in the entire Midwest.

Great views of lake of the clouds!

hiking
3 months ago

Such an amazing trail! It ends with one of the most beautiful waterfalls. ❤️

beautiful gorge and waterfalls

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with awesome views!!

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice mostly flat trail that hooks up with the Lake Superior trail for easy access to sites on Lake Superior. LS-3 is winner for being a bit isolated. Lots of mosquitos still but not too muddy. Made a weekend trip out of it with a few adults and a few kids. No one was disappointed!

Hiked the east trail from the south boundary road. You can park there near the bridge and get on the trail there. It’s a beautiful hike along the river and falls. The east trail is more rugged than the west trail but not difficult. Moderate would be an appropriate rating in my opinion. Hike this trail to Lake Superior and back and you will have gone appropriately 2 1/4 miles. One of my favorite hikes. Our dogs love it

Absolutely stunning!

super short little hike to overlook - which has a great view. but it's worth continuing on the trail to the left, alot more great views with evaluation change up and down.

A little muddy but the views are certainly worth it. Elevation can be challenging at times but nothing extreme.

Fabulous hike through beautiful forest and many waterfalls along the river. We took our 2 small dogs with us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. i reccomend this hike to everyone.

I did this as part of a larger loop so went west to east on it. Amazing trail with forests and ridges and every kind of natural view you could want. You see the river a few times and on the ridges you get glimpses of Lake of the Clouds.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty hike and enough challenge but not too bad. Muddy if there’s been a lot of rain, bring extra shoes or shoes. I went in late August so could be buggy earlier in the season. Mirror Lake is gorgeous so well worth it.

Gorgeous view. Very steep uphill and a lot of stairs but a lot of benches to rest. In and out from the parking lot.

My dog and I took this route July 4/5th. Had a blast, but mosquitos were absolutely brutal and mud was pretty serious. Sometimes you gotta go through hell to get to heaven.

Awesome trail to hike and the waterfalls are gorgeous. One side of the trail has lots of ups/downs but has better spots for taking pictures. The other side of the trail is mainly boardwalk. Definitely worth checking this trail out if you’re visiting the Porcupine Mountains.

backpacking
5 months ago

A mosquito paradise. Please wear protection and bring bug nets. The hike up is thick and boggy, very muddy, but there are logs and rocks in places to be able to maneuver through. After a few miles, the more uphill you get the more the bugs thin out. At the lake itself the bugs aren't bad at all, but through the marshy woods they are terrible, and my sisters got bit so many times, the next day their faces swelled to the point that they were unrecognizable. The lake is peaceful and serene, birding was enjoyed, and listening to the loon calls echo off the water into the night was like a scene from a movie. Overall, I think the lake is worth the hike and for me, I was so distracted by trying to escape all the mosquitoes, that the elevation gain went unnoticeable as I was practically running and rock hopping through the woods.

hiking
5 months ago

it was a good trail, very nice hike, not to trafficked, you never get a very good view of mirror lake but the trail is beautiful either way

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked in mid May to camp at site 1. So worth it! Great views. Challenging hills.

Great for beginners

Amazing views!

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely pack smart for this hike. Bring snacks and lots of water. The elevation changes and rocky terrain make this hike challenging! For a great view and less exhaustion, start the trail by the old mine shaft (picnic area). It cuts the hike in about half for those, like myself, without hiking poles or tough footwear.

on Union Mine Trail

hiking
5 months ago

It was interesting to read about the history of mining in the area. Decent hike.

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