Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

great fun hike. my favorite hike ever

hiking
4 days ago

One of the best trails in the entire Midwest.

Great views of lake of the clouds!

hiking
27 days ago

Great trail with awesome views!!

backpacking
1 month 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.

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.

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
1 month 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
2 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
2 months ago

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

Amazing views!

hiking
2 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.

This loop map is incomplete! This only shows the road and the West river trail. There is a matching East river trail on the other side that is definitely worth the hike! Refer to the paper maps passed out at the entrance to see both loops. I highly recommend going North (toward the lake) for the East Trail. It has some very steep embankments that would have been torture to climb up but were okay to go down ;) Lots of stairs and boardwalks on the West river side, more rustic on the East side.

on Escarpment Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is awesome. Some sections have loose rock but it’s not exceedingly challenging. Bring lots of water and if you have trekking poles, bring them. Great views. Would love to go again at sunrise/sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

1) this map doesn’t show there is an east and west trail. Make sure to do both sides of the river. 2) they give you a paper map at the entrance which shows the east trail. 3) start with the west trail to learn about the waterfalls.

I have hiked this trail a few times, different times of the yr. muddy sometimes, cold sometimes, hot sometimes but that what I love about hiking the UP, Unpredictable weather, solitude and amazing views.

2 months ago

awesome so many views and it was so much fun but it was not moderate

2 months ago

One of my favorite hiking trails in the Porkies. Beautiful views and nice up and down hills to keep it interesting. I carried my son in a hiking pack on this trail today and found it challenging but not impossible. The trail was damp after raining most of the morning, but even with a heavy pack it was passable and the virgin forest is so worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike in the Porkies. The waterfalls are spring fed and cold, perhaps beyond refreshingly cold, but it is a family tradition to jump in the water nonetheless. I have carried my son on this trail in a pack two years in a row and we have brought small dogs on the trail. It is beautiful and varied. From M107 to Trap Falls is 2.4 miles and you can extend the trail further using Lost Lake Trail to go to South Boundary Road (3.8 miles). If you have two cars you can park a car at south boundary and park a return vehicle on M107, hike from south boundary on Lost Lake trail, get to Trap Falls and then hike back out to M107 for a 6.2 mile hike.

This trail is rated as moderate? I would say closer to difficult. Well worth the hike. Unbelievable views. No need to go further than two miles in though. But definitely get to the first bluff, which is just shy of two miles. About 1586 ft elevation.

Nice easy trail but a lot of stairs. Great views of waterfalls.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail. Recommend starting on the east side of the trail and hiking west, incredible views of lake of the clouds about halfway in, and we decided to hike back from there! Probably on the more difficult side of moderate if you take this way, lots of elevation changes (but WELL worth it!)

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