Escarpment Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Escarpment Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ontonagon, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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 accessed via Escarpment Trail. The westernmost 2 miles of this trail follows the ridgeline to the north of Lake of the Clouds, which is easily the most scenic - and visited - place in Porcupine Mountain State Park. If you're planning to visit this portion of the park be prepared for large crowds as Lake of the Clouds offers some incredible photo opportunities. The other two trailheads are located just off of the road (M-107) approximately two and four miles east of the Lake of the Clouds parking area.

backpacking
1 month ago

This can be a very difficult hike especially when it's the trial you use to start off. Your pack is the heaviest and your body has to right away get used to tough uphill and downhill. Great hike though

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I don't think I would call this trail moderate, there is a very difficult uphill from the trailhead on hwy 107 to the bluffs, but it is worth every step and I will be returning in a couple weeks for the fall colors peak. There are a couple campsites along the bluffs that would be amazing to stay at, but if a campground is more your speed, Union Bay has great facilities.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike along the rocky escarpment that separates Lake of the Clouds and Lake Superior. Fantastic views of Lake of the Clouds. Heavy crowds near western end, but crowds thin as you go east. Quite a bit of up-and-down, so on the harder side of moderate. Mostly shaded but some sunny areas along the cliffs. Overall, best day-hike in the Porkies.

4 months ago

We started from the eastern end in the morning putting the sun at our backs. A long steady uphill to start with takes you to views that get better and better at every turn. Not at all crowded at that end on A Friday in late July, although there were plenty of people at the western end overlook.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome views that are probably the best in Michigan.

hiking
5 months ago

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016

backpacking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

hiking
Thursday, October 23, 2014

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Escarpment Trail offers breathtaking views through vigin forests of hemlock, sugar maples, birch, and many other kinds of trees. Being so close to Lake Superior, temps in the summer are often very mild. Be prepared for lots of up and down hiking with several beautiful bluff vistas from which to peer down on Lake of the Clouds and the Carp River. FYI - bring bug spray. My wife and I really enjoyed the trail and will do it again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

To be above lake of the clouds and have lunch on the ridge is a positive memorable experience. Took a group of Boy Scouts and enjoyed the time.

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is a beautiful hike along the escarpment ridge beside the lake of the clouds. One of the most stunning hiking trails in the UP.

hiking
Thursday, September 13, 2012

This is a great trail with breathtaking views! You can hit the trail from 3 trailheads but unless you shuttle a car it is an out and back trail. Fast access for a day hike!