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Best trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park ranging from 0.9 to 34.4 miles and from 731 to 1,952 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, nicknamed the "Pokies", is a large wilderness area - one of the last remaining few in the Midwest. It is Michigan's largest state park. Large trees, waterfalls, and numerous water sources make this wilderness a fun place to visit. There are over 90 miles of hiking trails to help you do so. Keep an eye out for wildlife, birds, and interesting flora while on the trail.
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Map of trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Park information
Acreage
59020 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mailing address
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
33303 Headquarters Rd.
Ontonagon, MI 49953
Contact
(906) 885-5275
Top trails (28)
#1 - Escarpment Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
The Escarpment Trail can be directly accessed via 3 trailheads, and makes up a portion of Porcupine Mountains State Park's very robust trail and backpacking system. Several of the other trails can be Show more
#2 - Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 45 m
Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop is a 1.6 mile loop trail located near Wakefield, Michigan that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature triShow more
#3 - Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 47 m
A short trail at Porcupine Mountains State Park. This is a well travelled trail that descends from the parking lot down to Lake of the Clouds. This trail was recorded in reverse, and distance is for oShow more
#4 - Superior, Big Carp, and Escarpment Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m
A scenic loop along Lake Superior and the Big Carp River. Great scenery and some fantastic camp sites along the way. Plenty of water sources. Be prepared for some elevation increases as you approach tShow more
#5 - Summit Peak Observation Tower
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 31 m
Summit Peak Observation Tower is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ontonagon, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#6 - Lake Superior Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
Lake Superior Trail is a 16.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ontonagon, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily useShow more
#7 - Presque Isle Falls Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
Presque Isle Falls Loop is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ironwood, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#8 - Big Carp River Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
Big Carp River Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ontonagon, Michigan that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#9 - Summit Peak to Mirror Lake to Lake of the Clouds Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
This is a moderate loop that takes you from Summit peak along the correction line and big carp river trails all the way to lake of the clouds and then back. Things to point out, there is no potable waShow more
#10 - Pinkerton Creek Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Pinkerton Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wakefield, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
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