Explore the most popular birding trails in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The view is great but the recent addition of the boardwalk section means that you miss the beauty of the woods trying to stay on the walkway.

Such a beautiful hike! We got started at around 9am on a Friday and had the trail out to ourselves, however, the way back (noonish) was definitely more populated. Very nice and well kept trail. Amazing views at the outlooks! App says moderate difficulty, however, do not be deterred by this - aside from some up and down step paths, this hike is easy.

I love this trail in all seasons! It's both challenging and beautiful. This trail provides a look at the sea caves from above. It's worth the drive!

The best way to see the sea caves period is by kayak, but the best way on land is this hike. Starting at Meyer's Beach, the first 0.7 miles is boardwalk. After the boardwalk ends, the trail dips steeply in and out of many ravines. First sea cave is at 1.8 miles, but best view is at The Bowl at 2.2 miles. Moderate is the right difficulty rating for this hike, but that partly depends on how far you go. Trail does not loop. Overall, best mainland hike in the Apostle Islands.

trail running
10 months ago

I had such a good time on this hike! I tried jogging most of it because i wanted a harder workout and just stopped at the overlooks. So pretty and great for walking or trail running. There are a few side trails to walk along the edge more, and you can go for a longer hike if you continue on, about 5.5 miles out is a campground. I made it about 4.5 miles out when I decided to turn around. Took a break to eat my pb&j at a overlook and watched the kayakers go in the caves.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trail has some muddy sections still, and the first half mile or so is boardwalk. A lot of the trail is away from the water and is just a stroll through the trees. This should be rated as Easy not Moderate, there were plenty of older people and young children doing it. If you continue past the sea caves (1.8 miles in), at 2.5 miles in there's the camera for wavesatseacaves.cee.wisc.edu, and it's a good view there.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Relatively tame first mile or so as it's all boardwalk and wooden steps, but past the initial section it's a nice mix of sand, root-filled single track, and wider trails. Beautiful views at times with some sketchy side trails leading to the best of those.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 08, 2015

This was another beautiful ride from September 2006. I would love to come back in the winter and see the ice caves.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Great trail for the fall. First mile has been improved and is 80% wood walkway.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Not sure if this would be the correct place to review, but I visited the ice caves in 2014 in this spot. It was the first time in 9 years it was cold enough to freeze the shore area on Lake Superior to see the caves, and if you ever have the chance to do this I would highly recommend it. It's definitely a natural wonder and far surpassed my expectations. It was a pretty long hike if you go as far as the farthest caves, which most people didn't. The ice formations are unreal and there were many bald eagles, as well as beautiful scenery and rock formations. There were spots in the caves where the ice was clear and you could look beneath you into the frozen lake, and many fun areas to explore and rocks to climb.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Trout Point trail is very challenging. It is a wilderness trail when you reach the trail head. There are downed trees many of which had the trail marker on them. Bring a GPS/Compass to navigate the trail.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My husband & I spent Valentine's day hiking to the ice caves when Lake Superior was frozen enough to walk on. It was about 10 degrees, but the 1 mile out to the caves warmed us up! It was an amazing experience!! It was crowded, but I didn't pay any attention to the others. The views of the ice caves, up close and personal, were spectacular!! Dogs are allowed, but on a leash.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our family visited this park during February when Lake Superior was frozen. The sea caves were accessible from the lake ice. The caves were amazingly beautiful covered in ice. There were hundreds of people visiting on the same day we were, so it was quite crowded. However, everyone was having a great time experiencing this spectacle of nature. We hope to return in summer to kayak the caves.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

From the visitor's center at Presque Isle you go down the Quarry Bay Trail to the Trout Point trailhead just past the wilderness sign. The beginning of the trail is grassy and early in the season may be overgrown. The bugs can be bad at times as well. You cross many creeks with boards over them that can be slippery when damp. The trail has many blown over trees not removed from the trail. You either go over them or around them. You can get lost at places because it is a wilderness area without a lot of markings. The hemlock forest and oak grove is great in the interior. Hiking along the ravine 3/4 of the way is nice. It is wide like an old logging road. The edge of the meadow near trout point can be overgown and hard to find the trail. Raspberry bushes can be a bother to some. Once through the campsite is beautiful and primitive. The beach was nice but has a rocky bottom. Not good for boats to pull up on.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

This trail has a lot of variety. You are hiking on a double tombolo. The trail goes through the interior forest to a bog area. There is a bridge and boardwalk to get over the bog area. There are blueberry bushes along the bog area. Cranberry plants in the bog along with pitcher plants. The trail comes out onto Julian Bay beach. Out in the water you see the buoy marking the sunken ship Noquebay. You walk the length of the beach. Maybe stop and do a figure 8 with your hand to hear the singing sands. There is a outlet for the bog that during Aug was not open to Lake Superior. Finished the hike on the Julian Bay Trail. The overlook was great. There are five ecosystems seen from that overlook. Bald eagles fly over and sandhill cranes are nesting near the bog. Yellow birch grow over old stumps and paper birch with its peeling bark is so unique. Hemlock trees and noble firs are also seen. So much variety on this loop and so much to see.

Friday, February 17, 2012

My wife and I walked the clifftop trails on two occasions. The first time we walked eastward from Myers Beach about three miles. She walked away from the marked trail to a beautiful point overlooking Lake Superior and caves on three sides. I walked onward to a different overlook. We lost track of each other. I did not see her again until we returned to the parking lot 1 1/2 hours later. There are hazards; unmarked crevasses and pits, and sandy slippery clifftops with a 100 foot drop to water that is seldom warmer than 60 degrees F except late July into August. The second occasion was a quick stop to observe the new construction of picnic facilities and a boardwalk down to the lake shore. When the water is warm and the waves run in at 4 to 6 feet, the sandy bottom makes for great body surfing.

Friday, August 12, 2011

It moderately stinks that you need to pay to park at Myers beach but that is okay because the facilities are nice and kept well. I hiked the whole trail and saw some great views of the caves from above. The trail does not really have an end point so you just go out as far as you want and turn around when you have seen enough. The first portion of the trail is in the woods and MUDDY! to the point that it should be skipped by walking on the beach and taking the spur that connects to the trail at the first road it crosses. Avoiding the mud is okay because you will not miss any views, in fact you will enjoy the stroll on the beach, at least in the summer. Great trail overall! Just be cautious of the cliffs and be safe!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Fabulous location. Meyer's Beach has upgraded the parking lot, so now has more space, a better pit toilet, and - unfortunately - more people. The trail follows along the cliff above the caves for a good portion of the trail. I haven't made it all 4.8 miles out to the caves from above in warm weather, but snowshoed a way along the trail in winter. The Sea Caves become the Ice Caves in winter, so when the conditions are good, this is a whole other experience. You can walk on the lake ice about a mile straight out to the caves and see some amazing ice formations. You have to check with the National Park Service to make sure it's open.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Wednesday, June 01, 2016