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The North Mirror Lake Trail crosses the Big Carp River and climbs into the park's interior uplands bound for Mirror Lake, 4 miles distant.

The Mirror Lakes Trail is broken into two trails: North and South Trails.

The North Trail is about 6.5 miles in length beginning from the north shore of Mirror Lake. The trail starts off over easy terrain with the exception of several creek crossings. Once the trail meets the junction of Government Peak Trail, it becomes a slightly more challenging hike with a numerous ascents and descents. The reward is a sight of Lake of the Clouds, 1,300-foot escarpment. Scott Creek must be crossed before making one last climb to the trail's terminus at Lake of the Clouds parking area.

The South Trail is a shorter trail 2.5-mile hike from Summit Peak Road to the western shore of Mirror Lake. Considered easy, this stretch of trail does encounter elevation gains and dips reaching 200 feet. Trail junctions include those with Summit Peak Trail, Little Carp River Trail, Correction Line Trail, and North Mirror Lake Trail at which point it merges. Little Carp River requires crossing.

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 Silver City, MI, North Trailhead: The trail terminates (or begins) off M-107 at the far end of the parking to Lake of the Clouds Overlook, which is about 6 miles west of Silver City.

Elevation Gain: 200 feet

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

 
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