Explore the most popular trails near Ontonagon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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A little muddy but the views are certainly worth it. Elevation can be challenging at times but nothing extreme.

Fabulous hike through beautiful forest and many waterfalls along the river. We took our 2 small dogs with us and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. i reccomend this hike to everyone.

I did this as part of a larger loop so went west to east on it. Amazing trail with forests and ridges and every kind of natural view you could want. You see the river a few times and on the ridges you get glimpses of Lake of the Clouds.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked in mid May to camp at site 1. So worth it! Great views. Challenging hills.

Great for beginners

Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely pack smart for this hike. Bring snacks and lots of water. The elevation changes and rocky terrain make this hike challenging! For a great view and less exhaustion, start the trail by the old mine shaft (picnic area). It cuts the hike in about half for those, like myself, without hiking poles or tough footwear.

on Union Mine Trail

hiking
1 month ago

It was interesting to read about the history of mining in the area. Decent hike.

on Escarpment Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is awesome. Some sections have loose rock but it’s not exceedingly challenging. Bring lots of water and if you have trekking poles, bring them. Great views. Would love to go again at sunrise/sunset.

hiking
1 month ago

Very informative and interesting trail. Feels longer than a mile but worth the effort.

I have hiked this trail a few times, different times of the yr. muddy sometimes, cold sometimes, hot sometimes but that what I love about hiking the UP, Unpredictable weather, solitude and amazing views.

awesome so many views and it was so much fun but it was not moderate

One of my favorite hiking trails in the Porkies. Beautiful views and nice up and down hills to keep it interesting. I carried my son in a hiking pack on this trail today and found it challenging but not impossible. The trail was damp after raining most of the morning, but even with a heavy pack it was passable and the virgin forest is so worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with prairie, forest, and river-side terrain. I have carried my son in a pack on this trail, and I consider it easy, though it can be muddy. It is very picturesque and the placards on the trail are interesting.

This trail is rated as moderate? I would say closer to difficult. Well worth the hike. Unbelievable views. No need to go further than two miles in though. But definitely get to the first bluff, which is just shy of two miles. About 1586 ft elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Recommend starting on the east side of the trail and hiking west, incredible views of lake of the clouds about halfway in, and we decided to hike back from there! Probably on the more difficult side of moderate if you take this way, lots of elevation changes (but WELL worth it!)

Better the further you hike. Beautiful views. Beautiful forest sections between lookouts.

This is a great trail. Beautiful vistas as you near Lake of the Clouds. We did this in under 4 hours. We had to stop for wild blueberries throughout. Mid July. This is a stunner not to be missed.

Excellent little hike. Quiet with captivating forest and a creek for much of the trail. Nice cascades around several bends. Interesting learning about the copper mining history as well, and seeing an old mine shaft.

Cool

hiking
2 months ago

I would highly recommend starting this trail from lake of the clouds. It reaches some nice bluffs and some great view of the park. At that point I would turn around. After that it is nothing but woods for about 7 miles until it reaches up with Lake Superior trail. Overall some cool views but also some very boring parts for a long distance.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail the past week and it was not that enjoyable. Plenty of muddy sections and stays in the woods for the most part. The view of lake superior were cool but stayed about the same the entire time. Doing the whole hike was pretty brutal and I would not repeat this tail. It also took us a very long time to finish this and carp river trail back to lake of the clouds.

hiking
3 months ago

Peaceful walk this morning. The river is soft ,gentle and pleasing along this trail . The quotes posted from a miner from 1800’s also adds character to the hike . It was quiet and were able to cool our feet a couple times in the cool water . Loved it.

hiking
3 months ago

Budget more time than expected- trail is very muddy and obstacles i.e. fallen trees are very prevalent. Second half is nice when hiking along Lake Superior, but beginning portion is standard forest.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Secluded with nice views of Big Carp River/Lake of the Clouds.

It’s logging road that goes nowhere. Full of dear flys.

Beautiful place to visit in the fall. Easy hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park. Great views of the river and dense forest. Was pretty muddy in sections once you come off the river, but should be better the later you go in the year. All of the campsites along this trail are great so you really can't go wrong. Already planning my trip back.

hiking
3 months ago

The most beautiful trail in the park. If there's one thing you do in the Porkies, it has to be the Escarpment. Especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset over the Lake of the Clouds. You won't be disappointed!

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