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Escarpment Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (11)

Epic views of Lake Superior from this high ridge.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.2

KM

Point to Point

1,563' 476 m

High

990' 302 m

Low

477' 145 m

Up

775' 236 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

A trip out on Escarpment Ridge provides epic views of Lake Superior, the Carp River Valley, and Lake of the Clouds. This is a wild, rocky, wind-swept wonderland that gives the hiker a sense of grandeur.

This area provides some of the finest airy views in all of the Midwest and at places feels very much like true mountain hiking. The effort required to gain the "high country" is relatively minimal, which can be appealing for those wishing to feel like they're really getting into the backcountry while not having to spend days and days doing it.

Flora & Fauna

Flora and fauna in the Porkies are quite abundant. One may witness black bear, fisher, red squirrel, varying hare, red fox, gray wolf, coyote, bobcat, porcupine, striped skunk, and on occasion, moose. And the spring display of wildflowers in May is spectacular and the woodland wildflowers in summer continue this excellence. Coral-root orchids, rattlesnake plantain orchids, and many others. Ferns, clubmosses, lichens, and mosses are also in abundance.

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Photos

Escarpment trail in fog, with Lake Superior at right, Lake of the Clouds at left.
Jul 4, 2017 near Ontonagon, MI
Starting the Escarpment Trail.
Sep 21, 2017 near Ontonagon, MI
Bear prints
Sep 21, 2017 near Ontonagon, MI

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