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Best trails in Ontonagon

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Looking for a great trail near Ontonagon, Michigan? AllTrails has 27 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park or Lake Gogebic State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Ontonagon ranging from 0.9 to 34.4 miles and from 892 to 1,952 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Ontonagon
Top trails (27)
#1 - Escarpment Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
The Escarpment Trail can be directly accessed via 3 trailheads, and makes up a portion of Porcupine Mountains State Park's very robust trail and backpacking system. Several of the other trails can be accessed via Escarpment Trail. The westernmost 2 miles of this trail follows the ridgeline to the north of Lake of the Clouds, which is easily the most scenic - and visited - place in Porcupine Mountain State Park. If you're planning to visit this portion of the park be prepared for large crowds as Lake of the Clouds offers some incredible photo opportunities. The other two trailheads are located just off of the road (M-107) approximately two and four miles east of the Lake of the Clouds parking area.Show more
#2 - Lake of the Clouds
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 47 m
A short trail at Porcupine Mountains State Park. This is a well travelled trail that descends from the parking lot down to Lake of the Clouds. This trail was recorded in reverse, and distance is for one way. A small section is steep for the less fit amongst us, but still very achievable. There is a camping site near the lake too.Show more
#3 - Summit Peak Observation Tower
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 31 m
#4 - Big Carp River Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 21 m
#5 - Summit Peak to Mirror Lake to Lake of the Clouds Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 45 m
This is a moderate loop that takes you from Summit peak along the correction line and big carp river trails all the way to lake of the clouds and then back. Things to point out, there is no potable water along any point of the trail and water will need to be brought in or filtered along the way. There are multiple back country campsites along the trail. The trail is muddy and buggy in certain areas especially in the valley so be prepared for any issues pertaining to that. A wonderful hike with gorgeous views!Show more
#6 - Union Mine Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 31 m
Following the 1850's journal entries of the original miner, the many placards on the Union Mine Interpretive Trail guide the hiker through the various sites and seasons of the mine's history. The forest around this trail is very old and undisturbed, and makes for a beautiful hike. You will see virgin Hemlock and Sugar Maples on this hike as well.Show more
#7 - Superior, Big Carp, and Escarpment Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 17.6 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m
A scenic loop along Lake Superior and the Big Carp River. Great scenery and some fantastic camp sites along the way. Plenty of water sources. Be prepared for some elevation increases as you approach the home stretch. If you go after rainy weather, you're going to be hiking in mud. Also, be prepared to forge the river at one point in the trail. Make sure to check the Michigan State Park website for reservation and check in rules as they change. Show more
#8 - Lake Superior Trail
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 16.6 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
#9 - Government Peak Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 38 m
#10 - Beaver Creek to Little Carp River to South Mirror Lake to Summit Peak Loop
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
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