Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MODERATE 47 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.

35.6 miles
1725 feet
Point to Point





nature trips







wild flowers



old growth

over grown


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.

7 days ago

Diverse hiking along cliffs, beaches, dunes, and forests. Exceptional sandstone outcroppings along Lake Superior, and noteworthy outcroppings in inland forests. Trails can be muddy in spring, and there is usually a cool lake breeze.

14 days ago

What else can you say aside from this being perfect.

15 days ago

I will be undertaking this trail for the third year in a row because it's simply the best out there. Can be done in 3 nights, but 4 nights out there allows for you to really enjoy the campsites and the views. Beaver Creek is the best campsite on the trail. If you're planning on doing this trek, be sure to make your reservations months ahead of time. I will be doing this trail again in August and made my reservations in April to be sure I was able to get the campsites we wanted. Can't recommend this trail enough.

2 months ago

Premium hiking. Pack water!!

2 months ago

This is a great scenic trip to take. We hiked in mid October and it was perfect. We hiked from Munising to Grand Marais in 3 nights. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and I took a ton of pics. Their is not much elevation climbs but the views were amazing. It is a must hike if you haven't yet.

2 months ago

best period.

7 months ago

gorgeous! definitely plan a few days here to really see as much as you can.

9 months ago

Amazing hike!!!

9 months ago

Awesome trail just don't go after a heavy rain fall!

10 months 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.

10 months 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)

trail running
11 months 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!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Monday, February 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

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!

Monday, November 28, 2016

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

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!

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

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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

nice long picturesque ice hike beautiful

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.

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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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

paddle sports
Sunday, July 27, 2014

We kayaked this on a damp day and it was by far the best kayaking experience I've ever had. So amazing to go up close and paddle into the caves. We even ate lunch in one of the caves.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Amazing vistas, semi-rugged terrain, and relative solitude. It stormed the entire trip but was still one of the best experiences ever.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Michigan at it's finest!

paddle sports
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Kayaked 8 mile of the coast line - Spectacular. 200 foot colored sand stone cliffs coming out of the Lake Superior.

Monday, March 04, 2013

An absolute gem in the Midwest! There are many great places to explore in the Midwest, especially its north-woods and this tops many lists. Plan a trip and get up there...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you love to hike I would hike hear it is so cool some of the place there are caves that you can go in and at a couple of spots you can walk out on a huge rock it goes out about 50 feet it was so much fun I would go hear if it's you first time it's not hard to hike but if you go hear you'll now how amazing hiking really is the water if so amazing it is so blue it is really cool just go and see it

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