Beginning at the northern trailhead, hikers head south immediately encountering 3 trail junctions, 1 with Escarpment Trail and 2 ends of the horseshoe-shaped Overlook Trail. Several more trail junctions are interspersed with the criss-crossing of Upper Carp River: Union Spring Trail, Lost Lake Trail. A point of interest along the 7.5-mile Government Peak Trail is the scenic Trap Falls. As the trail approaches the headwaters of the Upper Carp River, it quickly ascends to Government Peak and just as quickly descends to North Mirror Lake Trail (end of Government Peak Trail). Mirror Lake can be reached by hiking a short distance (approximately 1 mile) on North Mirror Lake Trail.
With the park hosting 22 trails containing over 90 miles of path, trail junctions provide access to connecting trails that lead back to your starting point. Remember that Porcupine Wilderness State Park is remote territory that demands a park map, compass, water and appropriate supplies and attire. Bug repellent is recommended during the warmer months.
Directions: From North Mirror Lake Trail, Western Trailhead: Government Peak Trail is located 1 mile east of Mirror Lake along North Mirror Lake Trail.
Elevation: 1,850 feet
Distance: 7.5 miles
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