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Porcupine Mountains Scenic Wilderness Loop

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Make the most of your weekend in the backcountry of the Porcupine Mountains!


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Map Key

23.5

Miles

37.8

KM

Loop

1,629' 496 m

High

605' 184 m

Low

1,614' 492 m

Up

1,617' 493 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Fishing · Geological Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This trail is perfect if you want to do a loop in the Porcupine Mountains and see as much of the park as you can in that time. It goes along several pristine rivers, through amazing forests, and gives an overview of Mirror Lake and Lake of the Clouds. You also get to do the Escarpment Trail, which takes you along the length of Lake Superior.

Description

This is a rather difficult hike with many sections of inclines and declines, river crossings, and uneven terrain. During the wet seasons it can be rather muddy and buggy, so come prepared. The campsites are well-maintained with firepits, tent sites, and bear poles.

You can start by parking at the end of Little Carp River Road and hiking along the Little Carp River Trail. From there, you'll continue on North Mirror Lake Trail to the Lake of the Clouds. Here you'll have to detour off the trail through the parking lot and pick up the Escarpment Trail, which you can follow all of the way to Cross Trail. Cross Trail will then take you to your starting point at the head of the Little Carp River Trail.

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Daniel Loudenback

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Photos

The Big Carp River.
May 28, 2015 near Ontonagon, MI
Mirror Lake
Apr 22, 2015 near Wakefield, MI
Lake Superior
Apr 22, 2015 near Wakefield, MI
A nice August day at Lake of the Clouds
Aug 17, 2015 near Ontonagon, MI
Lake of the Clouds.
May 28, 2015 near Ontonagon, MI
Crossing the Little Carp.
May 28, 2015 near Wakefield, MI

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