Chapel Trail Mosquito Falls Loop

MODERATE 114 reviews

Chapel Trail Mosquito Falls Loop is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Melstrand, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1026 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

snow

no dogs

Several hikes are available in this area, depending on what trails you take and how long you wish to walk. Waterfalls into Lake Superior near Chapel Rock.

4 days ago

Beautiful loop with amazing views along the shoreline! We hiked counterclockwise and saw Chapel first- worked well for us. We found a perfect lunch spot overlooking the lake. Variable terrain and some mud along the trail. Take care along the edge- especially if hiking with kids.

15 days ago

The UP at its finest.

backpacking
26 days ago

Awesome 3 days backpacking. The views were amazing. There is a lot to see and explore. Can’t wait to do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was very wet. Many spots we had to walk through open woods, so dress accordingly. Other than that, absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved the length and variety of views, as well as the mix of ease and challenge.

2 months ago

Have hiked this loop at least five times, very well maintained and is by far one of my most favorite. When I take friends to the UP I always start with this trail because its easy and very impressive. Being able to walk along the cliffs is the highlight. The other interesting feature is the terrain changes frequently, adding to both the challenge of the trail and its uniqueness.

hiking
3 months ago

Top 5 hike in Michigan for sure, if not #1 or #2. Must do it.

hiking
3 months ago

Nothing compares to that moment I stepped out of the woods and saw the majestic sandstone cliffs as far as the eye could see. It was as though I had walked to the edge of the world. Lake Superior was pristine and great for a swim in the middle of the hike, and the views just got better the farther along the cliffs I hiked. The only downside was the occasional noisy tour boat.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my all time favorite hikes. Started out on the chapel falls side and loved the views of the lake and cliffs. Stopped at the beach campground for a nap in the hammock and lunch then finished up the return on the mosquito falls side. Get there early for a parking spot as the lot fills up quick.

backpacking
4 months ago

The view is incredible when you get to the cliffs and water. A must if you are into hiking!

7 months ago

Spectacular views. The part in the woods was very serene and peaceful. Very windy along the coast and we had a lot of sand blown in our face and eyes- I had a buff around my neck which I was able to pull up over my face and that helped quite a bit.

hiking
7 months ago

Incredible views once you reach the lake

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing views and such a diverse trail experience, from wooded waterfalls, to the Pictured Rocks shore, to riverside. Just beautiful. Go early in the morning to avoid too many people!

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great hike!Long but not to difficult. So many views and great nature along the way. This is muddy in multiple areas so dress appropriately. Waterfalls are ehh.. but the lake shore is gorgeous. Bears were in the area the other week so make sure you are prepared and take the correct measures.

8 months ago

The best part of this trail is the back four miles don't stop at the waterfalls you'll completely regret it.

8 months ago

Fascinating views, beautiful nature!

9 months ago

This is a beautiful and spectacular trail. We took the 3+ mile trail to Chapel Beach and then hiked along the North Country Trail on the top of Pictured Rocks for about 4 miles and finally back to the trailhead. We did not do Chapel Falls because we previously hiked it. The total was about 10 miles and it took about 6 hours since we stopped so many times to take in the amazing views. One of our group rated it right up there with the Grand Canyon. Would highly recommend this part of the trail.

hiking
9 months ago

You can see Chapel Falls, Rock and Beach by walking about 6.5-7 total miles. The description makes it sound like 9+ may be required, but that is true only if you want to see Mosquito Falls too.

Make sure to hit the beach up as the view is stunning.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike.

9 months ago

Awesome great views - parts of the trail are muddy with reasonable work around. Otherwise perfect!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Fairly easy trail that becomes very muddy after some rain. Cool little beach at the end of the hike out. Great scenery!

hiking
10 months ago

We did the loop without the Mosquito Falls portion. Not particularly strenuous but lengthy. The portions along the edge of the cliffs are awesome, but the parts out there and back can be a little dull and were very muddy when we went.

10 months ago

This was so worth the hike!! We did a portion of this trail last year along pictured rocks. There is also a nice rustic campground over here for backpackers. The signs for bear sightings made us a little nervous though! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10 months ago

Nice trail. More easy than moderate. Gravel road park entrance is pot hole hell on a motorcycle!

backpacking
10 months ago

Best hike ever, so beautiful and the campsites were so nice, no fires on the sites with this loop though.

hiking
10 months ago

One of the best experiences of my LIFE! I did the whole 10 mile loop in 2015, and it is truly other-worldly. I felt like I was in New Zealand when I reached the cliffs! Pack a good amount of water/snacks! Took us about 8 hours with stopping to play on the beach & getting a little turned around at the end.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! We hiked the full 10 mile loop, the view is soo worth it. No picture can do it justice. Some muddy/wet spots, our shoes took a beating and feet got a little wet but nothing that was unbearable. I would definitely recommend it! We aren't super experienced hikers and really enjoyed it. We took about 6 hours to complete it. We weren't in a hurry and stopped a few times.

11 months ago

Great hike. Pristine woods, beautiful waterfalls, cliff shoreline, white sandy beaches. Took us 6 hours but we took our time and enjoyed every minute.

hiking
11 months ago

visiting from minnesota. completely blown away by the beauty of this trail! reminded me of the olympic peninsula, except the water here was so incredibly vibrant & clear. we hiked the entire loop, visited the beach, stopped at many of the sights (grand point was a fun one), and saw multiple deer cross the trail just mere yards away. thoroughly enjoyed this hike. the trail was super muddy though--wear hiking boots. saw lots of people in tennis shoes being slowed down by having to go far off the trail (which is also a bummer to the trail's integrity) to avoid the thick, deep mud. also, there are no garbage cans...pack it in & pack it out! i picked up a fair amount of trash on the trail. also, it's worth getting up early (think...arrive at 7-8 AM) to avoid huge crowds. by the time we got back to the parking lot around 2 PM, the road in was jam packed with cars that could not get a spot in the lot.

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