Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MODERATE 28 reviews

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 35.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grand Marais, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
35.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2257 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

over grown

rocky

Sand dunes, cliffs, wooded areas, rivers, mud, uphill, and downhill. This area is good anytime from early spring to late fall. It is recommended to not go in early June, as that is when the flies are in the area and they are bad, almost intolerable at times. Go early May or wait until July when the flies have moved further south.

backpacking
20 days ago

backpacking
28 days ago

3 day backpacking trip, 40+ miles. Amazing hiking trails and scenery. Trails are well marked and camping sites along the trail are good. Never really too far from a water source. Make sure it's been dry for a while. Trail can get very sloppy.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an incredible trip. Went the week before Thanksgiving, met one person on the trail and the weather was around 30-40 degrees. Did a 10 mile hike to the coast then along the coast and back. The scenery was beautiful.

backpacking
5 months ago

Hiked Pictured Rocks 2 times now. Both times Grand Marais to Munising. Hiked beginning or May and mid September. Both hikes were amazing and wonderful. If you are going to hike Pictured Rocks you have to do the whole time, don't start at beaver creek or the chapel region. That is not due justice to this amazing and natural beauty. Almost all the campsites I've stayed at were great (au sable, coves, beaver creek, mosquito, chapel, pine bluff, seven mile creek) with the exception of cliffs (pretty lame and no clean water). The eastern half is sandy, dunes, hardwood forest and mostly uneventful from Michigan landscape. when you reach 12 mile beach you start to enjoy Lake Superior and may even take a swim, both times I went (May and September) I froze! The sites with creeks or streams are excellent. Once you get to coves (25ish miles into trip) you start really getting into the heart of pictured rocks. The views are astounding and chapel/mosquito areas are amazing. The side hikes in the area don't disappoint, although they can be muddy after a spring thaw. The trail after miners castle isn't very pleasant either with no access to water and swampy conditions that almost require a boardwalk for roughly the 8 miles back to Munising. The trail gets confusing in the cross-country skiing area after standpoint.

Overall one of my favorite hikes. I usually take 5 days to enjoy the sights and nature. Can be done in 3 if you are quick. Only downside of chapel/mosquito area is no campfires, the pit toilets are a reward though!

6 months ago

Closer to an easier moderate trail. Love the views and the squeaky sand. Just be careful of the black flies during the summer.

backpacking
8 months ago

backpacking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Great trail, wicked views and nice campgrounds along the way. Make sure you stop in for pizza and beer at the local brewery in Grand Marais after the trail, well worth it!

backpacking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

camping
Monday, October 12, 2015

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

beautiful area with sweeping views of Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks. We really enjoyed our time here (except when it rained). I would recommend spending more time on the western half of the trail, as that is the most picturesque. Do you research on campsites!

Monday, September 07, 2015

camping
Monday, September 07, 2015

One of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. This trail made me fall in love with hiking. I will definitely be making another 10 hr trip back here in the next couple years.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Parked at Little Beaver Lake w first night at Coves Group site. Hiked wo packs to Chapel Rock then collected our packs to hike to 7 Mile beach group site for a night. Fabulous beach on Lk Superior! Next day hiked to Lowney group site with a fabulous beach on Beaver Lake. 4th day hiked out to parking lot at Little Beaver campground. Great trip of about 30 miles.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

nice long picturesque ice hike beautiful

camping
Saturday, July 25, 2015

I hiked this trail 43 years ago but after a recent day trip I plan on re-hiking it soon. There were terrible black flies but the hike along the lake was great.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

camping
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hiked Pictured Rocks Nat'l Lakeshore twice now from end to end. It is a great relaxing hike. Very easy and though you are out away from civilization you do cross through tourist spots where you can use toilets or outhouses. A great first time hike or if you are just looking for an easier hike.

hiking
Friday, May 15, 2015

Hiked 10 miles of it a couple years ago. Absolutely stunning views of Lake Superior!