Explore the most popular forest 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.

Fantastic views the whole trail! I would say it’s on the harder side of moderate but totally worth it!

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful inland views with large nature trees. As with any of the trials here in the porcupine mountains. Get used to tree roots and mud puddles

backpacking
6 months ago

This can be a very difficult hike especially when it's the trial you use to start off. Your pack is the heaviest and your body has to right away get used to tough uphill and downhill. Great hike though

backpacking
6 months ago

Love this loop. Stayed on this trial several times. The hike is quite hard going uphill sometimes, especially if it's early in your trip and your backpack is heaviest. But beautiful views and river crossings. Highly recommend if you don't mind getting a little muddy.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike with Fall leaves changing. Beautiful, well maintained trail through the forest. We got a late start so had to head back early when it got dark, lots of rocks and roots to trip you up in the dark.

Trail was very beautiful! Short and sweet! Personally, I would rate the trail as easy. We experienced a bit of mud, so you may want some good shoes!

backpacking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail last year. the shore is beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Rocky with often difficult footing for the first 1.5 miles all down hill, from there it's easy with great views of the shoreline. Many campsites along the trail and if you can definitely stick around for a sunset.

hiking
8 months ago

I don't think I would call this trail moderate, there is a very difficult uphill from the trailhead on hwy 107 to the bluffs, but it is worth every step and I will be returning in a couple weeks for the fall colors peak. There are a couple campsites along the bluffs that would be amazing to stay at, but if a campground is more your speed, Union Bay has great facilities.

We had a great time on this trail. Great views as you leave the Lake of the Clouds scenic outlook and beautiful falls as you near the mouth of the Big Carp.

Fairly easy trail that hugs the Superior coastline in a few places before opening out to some outstanding campsites with views. Can't miss that sunset.

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic hike along the rocky escarpment that separates Lake of the Clouds and Lake Superior. Fantastic views of Lake of the Clouds. Heavy crowds near western end, but crowds thin as you go east. Quite a bit of up-and-down, so on the harder side of moderate. Mostly shaded but some sunny areas along the cliffs. Overall, best day-hike in the Porkies.

9 months ago

We started from the eastern end in the morning putting the sun at our backs. A long steady uphill to start with takes you to views that get better and better at every turn. Not at all crowded at that end on A Friday in late July, although there were plenty of people at the western end overlook.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome views that are probably the best in Michigan.

11 months ago

Interesting interpretive trail that teaches you about the copper mining that occurred in the area in the 1800's. Beautiful well marked trail following a river.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One of my favorite, short trails.

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Beautiful trail, the 1 mile interpretive trial loop is amazing. Right along the river.

backpacking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Unmatched beauty. My only regret is living so far away.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Backpacked this trail with the woman. Perfect early fall weather and hiking along Lake superior was beatiful. best part was camping along the lake and soaking feet in the ice cold water at the end of the day.

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Started our backpacking trip on this trail and wouldn't have done it any other way! beautiful looks of the Lake

hiking
Sunday, November 01, 2015

Did this as part of a larger backpacking loop within the Porcupine Mountains and loved the view. Minor elevation changes, much of the trail is fairly easy and on dirt, while some sections are rockier and more challenging. Went in late September and saw no one else at any of the campsites, almost all of which have bear poles and fire rings. Several of the campsites are just a few steps of the lake.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Great hiking with minor elevation changes. Very nice campsites. We went at the beginning of September and there wasn't any issue getting first pick of the site we wanted. Saw a few people in hammocks near the shore. That seemed pretty cool! I highly suggest this trail.

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Escarpment Trail offers breathtaking views through vigin forests of hemlock, sugar maples, birch, and many other kinds of trees. Being so close to Lake Superior, temps in the summer are often very mild. Be prepared for lots of up and down hiking with several beautiful bluff vistas from which to peer down on Lake of the Clouds and the Carp River. FYI - bring bug spray. My wife and I really enjoyed the trail and will do it again.

Monday, June 23, 2014

To be above lake of the clouds and have lunch on the ridge is a positive memorable experience. Took a group of Boy Scouts and enjoyed the time.

hiking
Monday, June 23, 2014

Nice trail along the lake. Has many challenges. Took Boy Scout group and backpack packed for 2 days. Remote campsites are very nice.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The trail continues from Correction trail to Lake of the Clouds. Elevation change but great views. To Boy Scout group on the trail and had a great time. There is one wet crossing on Washington's Creek.

hiking
Monday, March 31, 2014

Absolutely beautiful

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is a beautiful hike along the escarpment ridge beside the lake of the clouds. One of the most stunning hiking trails in the UP.

hiking
Saturday, March 02, 2013

Great trail alongside Lake Superior!

hiking
Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Porkies are awesome and this is a great area!

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