Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MODERATE 36 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

no dogs

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.

hiking
5 days ago

10 days ago

Great trail with great views. Hiked the whole thing; took three days but we also had to hike 20 miles in a day (so plan ahead we just showed up). Slow start but once you get to twelve mile things get interesting. After miners castle it sucked. stayed at cliffs the last night and the last seven miles aren't maintained very well. I get mud. But this place was a disaster, maybe they should charge entry to do a little trail maintenance. Also it would keep some of the polluting day hikers out. (out of all the national parks I've been to this had the most garbage lying around) Still I give it four stars for the Superior views.

12 days ago

backpacking
20 days ago

Hiked this trail (40+ miles) in mid May of 2016 and it was the best trail I've ever done. The views were stunning, water was easily accessible, and the campsites were well maintained.
This was my boyfriend's first hiking trip and though the elevation changed quickly and the climbs could be quite steep he did very well. The campsites were nice and most provided a simple "box toilet" pushed back into the woods a bit. (Very nice for novice hikers)

hiking
24 days ago

backpacking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

I trail ran 24 miles of it - from Sullivans landing trailhead to Minors Castle. Can get really muddy and wet. Some parts in sand. So ... love it!

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months 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
5 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
6 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!

8 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
10 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