Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls via Chapel Loop

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls via Chapel Loop is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Shingleton, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

Length10.1 miElevation gain770 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingBeachForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersBugsMuddySnowNo dogs
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Getting There

Chapel Loop takes you to both Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls, with stunning views and options to pit stop at Mosquito Beach and Chapel Beach along the way. Start early from the large parking area so you can enjoy lots of time at each scenic overlook. Some parts of the trail run right along the cliff edge on Lake Superior, but not so much that it’s entirely dangerous. Chapel Beach at the bottom is the perfect treat for a long trek. Bring a swimsuit! Once you’re finished, catch Chapel Rock Trail back to the starting point. This route is around ten miles round trip, but there are many trails leading to various points around Chapel basin, so it is easy to customize your trip based on your needs. Dogs, however, are not allowed and users have reported there is a $180 fine for bringing dogs on the trail.

Travel Michigan, MI Economic Development Corporation, 4225 Miller Road, Ste. 4 , Flint, MI, 48507-9821, Phone: 888-784-7328

Directions from Munising, MI: Chapel Beach is found along the Lake Superior shoreline off H-58 between Mosquito Falls and Cove.

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Pete Sampson
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HikingGreat!Muddy

The trail itself is a muddy mess, which can add to enjoyment if you know that going in. Don’t attempt to drive to the parking lot in anything but a 4 wheel drive SUV or Jeep. The road is very gnarly. We intended to do the full 10 miles, but cut it short by just going around Chapel Lake. With a couple of kids (11 and 7), it was all they could handle. Overall, loved the hike. Just know there’s added difficultly with the melt in a warm April.

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nudraat munir
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HikingIcyMuddy

Although I went on a day that was pleasantly warm but perfect hoodie weather, this Saturday April 3rd was a muddy day. Many parts of the trail was challenging just because it was mentally grueling to think about where to step. The trail is awful bc nothing is marked, literally no idea where you’re going. It was super frustrating. At times I was hoping to god I was nearing the end even though i love hiking and seeing the beauty. But the trail should be marked. Some parts you couldn’t even tell if you were on the right path. Extremely frustrating. Next time I’ll just kayak around the rock formations bc this hiking method ain’t it. Do a better job pictured rocks, please.

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Nick Meier
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Absolutely beautiful! Very muddy, poorly marked, and with many downed trees so be careful. But it’s absolutely worth it.

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William Lawrence
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HikingIcyMuddy

started with mosquito falls and finished on chapel falls trail, definitely suggest doing it in that order. astonishing views throughout and especially along the lake. be prepared for mud. last three miles of the road require high clearance vehicle. late March 2021

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Dara Nikolova
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HikingGreat!

Completed September 2020 - absolutely beautiful!

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Corinne Roth
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I went this past August, so the review is late but it was amazing. The trail itself is long, but completely worth it. We went two days after a rain storm so it was a little muddy but, it's hiking so just make sure you're wearing the proper shoes. the trail is easy with lots of spots by the river to take breaks. Highly, highly recommend. the beach at the bottom is the perfect treat for a long trek. Bring a swimsuit!

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Toby Hancock
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Unfortunately I had to hike 3 miles one wayto the trail head because the road was still closed for winter. The trail itself was good as long as you stayed on the narrow hardback. If you step off you post hole. I made it as far as Mosquito falls, but was nearing 1:00 in the afternoon, and the trail got to soft and deep to hike without snow shoes and was post holing about every step so I turned around at that point. I clocked 9 miles there and back but was only on the actual trail for 3 miles. The extra 6 mile hike to the trail head was a major pain.

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Kelly Mayberry
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HikingGreat!

This was the most beautiful hike that I’ve ever done. If you’re worried about the length of the hike or the difficulty, don’t be! There were a few tough spots, but nothing that was not worth the breath taking views. My advice would be to start early so you can enjoy lots of time at each beautiful scenic overlook. Some parts of the trail run right along the cliffs edge but not so much that it’s entirely dangerous. Super beautiful and worth the hike!

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Alison Hedquist
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HikingGreat!

We did this hike last August and absolutely loved it. The only hard part was how long it was so bring snacks! No special gear was needed. Amazing views of the rocks in the middle and beautiful forest views on the way in and out.

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Colin Winkelman
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

great hike. We saw absolutely nobody. we went at the beginning of February. I called the ranger office about the right route to get there because a lot of roads are groomed for snowmobiling. 4x4 or snowmobile necessary and we had to go about 15 mph to stay out of the powder in in ditches. only one snowmobile in the parking lot and one on the trail halfway to Lake superior. very beautiful hike. we had ice cleats, I would recommend though not necessary. for most of the trail. be careful not to get wet near the lake, it is a long walk back to the car with wet clothes or a wet sock. interested in going back in warmer months but the winter was beautiful.

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Sherilyn Sheets
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Sky Ariana
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HikingFloodedMuddySnow

We hiked at the end of November during an unusually warm day (about 40 degrees). The trails were well marked with about four maps along the route and had the most spectacular look out points at very frequent stops along the way. I will say along the coastal portion of the walk the way finding becomes challenging but it was always easy to find our way back to the path. It was extremely muddy and I did this hike in rain boots - highly recommend this otherwise water proof boots. And last tip is to do mosquito falls to chapel as mosquito falls is slightly more challenging and it’s good to do with fresh legs. However, overall this is a very easy trail with very few climbs. NO DOGS ALLOWED $180 fine.

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Mike Lindquist
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The trail is well marked but it is quit muddy in places, rubber waterproof boots are necessary.

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Brett Roebuck
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Nature tripsGreat!IcyMuddyWashed out

They’re not lying about the mud, it is quite wet but well worth it. Getting to the parking lot is an adventure of its own but the trails are great and scenic and the rocks and cliffs are amazing. Highly recommended.

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Nora Viau
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

The trail was not easy as labeled. Road into parking area was the worst full of large potholes and wash out. No road or parking lot maintenance. Thankfully Falls was lovely.

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Margo Harrison
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Beautiful the whole way through. Very muddy in parts but it’s worth it even with wet feet.

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