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Grand Marais, Michigan Map

What else can I say! National treasure

a very nice trail with beautiful views Lakeshore along with pictured rocks Woods sand dunes really nice Trail got a little hilly but as long as you're expecting it and you're in pretty good shape you won't have any trouble the beginning mile of the trails pretty boring but you appreciate it walking back once you're tired you know you're last miles going to be easy Ranger at the Lighthouse was nice Campground was great very nice quiet we stayed in the upper but there's also lower along the lake

Excellent trail. Stop and see the shipwreck, lots of good rock hunting. The light house was nice and the trail beyond was beautiful.

We just completed this hike in August. It was our first backpacking trip and we had an amazing time! It was my husband and I and our 2 children ages 11 and 13. We did it in 4 days, 3 nights. Our garmin watches clocked it at 48 miles, but that included the distance to and from our campsites, side trails, trips to "toilets" etc. It is claimed to be 42 miles, I believe. I feel it was a great choice for a first backpacking trip because aside from the beautiful views, the sites all have ample bear locker storage, there is plenty of water available (just bring a filter), and pit toilets at most campsite areas. Also, the areas of the trail that are scenic points and accessible by parking lots and drive-in campgrounds gave opportunities for getting rid of trash and bathrooms! We went from Grand Sable Visitor Center to Munising Falls Visitor Center, and used Altran to shuttle us. We had no problems and we felt glad we went westward. The entire trail was beautiful and scenic, but the last half was really the best. I can't recommend this trail enough.

Very nice easy hike. The trail is an access road to the light house from the parking lot. It is sand and gravel with some potholes that fill up when it rains. The sign says no pets but we ignored it because there’s another sign that says dogs allowed if on a road. The lighthouse museum is open during the summer staffed by volunteers. We met a nice retired lady from Whitehall Michigan. I think it’s only open wed thru sat. But I’m not sure. Some ice views of the waves from the trail.

As far as I am concerned, this is the best hike you can do in Michigan.

The best section of the trail runs from Chapel Beach to Miners Castle. However, the whole lakeshore trail is beautiful and worth doing.

I started at the Au Sable trailhead and went west to Munising falls. I decided on going through the Grand Dunes - the actual trail skirts past the south of the dunes. The dunes are certainly difficult, but the views are absolutely killer once you reach the lake.

I went in mid August and the bugs were not a problem at all. My biggest complaints are how disgusting the campsites were - there were piles of human feces and paper not 25 ft. from the sites I camped at, and it was everywhere. Additionally, all of the sites are communal and isolation/seclusion isn't really a thing.

The trail itself is absolutely breathtaking.

It’s pictured rocks...it rocks!

Greatest hike I have ever done and the absolute best in the Midwest.

3 months ago

We only did the 4 miles from trail head to coves to spray falls! We enjoyed the views of the coves! Beautiful views around every turn. So picturesque. The trail was just challenging enough for a quick 8 miles hike round trip! Must do/see!

Greatest hike I have done to date!! Went from Grand Sable Visitor Center back to Munising falls. If you use the shuttle service call Altram, 25 per person. Miles are much more than what they claim here, that was the only draw back to the whole experience.

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.

What else can you say aside from this being perfect.

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.

4 months ago

Beautiful hiking in this area. The trail is very easy to follow and the views are spectacular! Can’t wait to visit again. Camping in the area is available too and well maintained. Definitely rate this trail 5 out of 5!

Premium hiking. Pack water!!

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.

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Check out our adventure at TrailPerspective on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1XUdAQGcEyU

This is a nice loop for a day hike or overnight backpacking trip. We decided to setup camp at site 2 of Trapper's Lake halfway through the loop. This was a great site right on a backcountry lake with unobstructed views. The 1st half of the loop was more scenic with many views of little beaver lake, beaver lake, and lake superior. The return side of the loop provided alot of solitude hiking through mainly forest with some creek/stream crossings. This is a great loop for those looking for less crowds. There is also a 1st come 1st served campground right up from the trailhead.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Easy hike with awesome views of the cliffs and a *great* lake.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Really lovely section of the North Country Trail, with several foot paths down to the rocky beach. Easygoing.

Amazing hike!!!

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

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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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
Monday, July 03, 2017

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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This segment was my favorite hike of Pictured rocks.

If you're not doing this as part of the backpacking trail, but just doing a day hike out and back, start at the North Country Trailhead instead of the Miners Beach trailhead, and you can avoid the kayak rental/tours crowd. Then, just skip the Mosquito Beach part on the other side, and turn around before the descent to the river.

The only "moderate" part of the trail is the climb from the beach to the top of the cliffs on either end. Once you get to the top, you've got 6 miles or so of essentially flat hiking.

Also, pay close attention to the little offshoot trails. Aside from those going to the backpackers campground, they all lead to a cool view or feature.

The marshy forest to the south/southeast of the trail is fairly interesting too. There were some nice fern forests, and some fairly open forests of maple and birch. Not the best examples in Pictured Rocks but still a cool, biologically-diverse area.

For those backpacking through the area, the campground, which I think was called Potato, or something like that, was ok, there were three or four campsites up there, and the usual pit toilet. Unfortunately, the camping sites are all directly next to or surrounded by marsh, which meant lots of mosquitoes. If you're in the off season it might be a great campsite, in the summer, I'd avoid staying still too long. On the plus side, if you read below, there's a nice place to rinse off nearby.

**Spoiler alert**
Coming from west to east, one of the first offshoots you reach takes you to a fairly spectacular vernal (I think) waterfall, which you can hike under. While we were there, there was a smaller (very little water) fall about 10 feet away that was light enough we could stick our heads in it. The main falls were far too powerful to risk that, but were a lot of fun to watch from behind them (and you're still up a fairly steep descent to where you would not want to lose your footing).

About (I'm guessing here) halfway, there's a nice sand beach, except at the edge of the sand there's a 80-120 (also guessing this height, I didn't have a altimeter) foot drop before the water. This area is not at all safe and no one should go out on it. We really enjoyed sun bathing for a while, laying in the sand and peering over the edge. There were no black flies up that high, so it was the only place we were really able to enjoy a beach feel. However, there was a good bit of poison ivy, so be careful before getting down to just your bikini.

Friday, June 09, 2017

easy hike..best lighthouse keeper I have ever met. Her son was in the artic and showed us some of his pictures. seen a few deer on the way to this. was raining the day we had decided to go, but all around beautiful.

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.

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