Explore the most popular views 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.

backpacking
1 day ago

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

Amazing views!

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 Escarpment Trail

hiking
7 days 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.

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.

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
21 days 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.

Cool

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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!

backpacking
2 months ago

The Lake Superior Trail is wonderful once you get past the down trees and excess mud the first several miles. Definitely slowed us down but was oh-so worth it once we reached the shoreline and our campsite. Check with rangers before you leave to see the condition of trails. Would've made a big difference for us!

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

backpacking
9 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
9 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
9 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
10 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.

backpacking
10 months ago

Hiked this trail last year. the shore is beautiful!

hiking
11 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
11 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.

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