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The scenic Escarpment Trail travels the ridge-tops to the east providing hikers with many scenic views.

Beginning from the parking lot for Lake of the Clouds, a 1,300 foot escarpment, hikers start on the North Mirror Lake Trail then bear southeast after the first half-mile at which point they start ascending to Cloud Peak. Reaching the peak, visitors get an eastern view of Lake of the Clouds. Upon descending the east side of the peak, hikers will come to a trail junction. This is a spur trail leading down to M-107. Continue east to Carp Lake Mine. From here, the trail begins its second significant ascent, Cuyahoga Peak. Bypassing the true summit, the trail gradually descents passing Cuyahoga Mine. Shortly, the trail comes to a junction with Government Peak Trail. At this point, hike north about 300 yards to M-107.

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, Travel 6 miles west along M-107 to reach parking for Lake of the Clouds Overlook. Begin along the North Mirror Lake Trail heading southeast after half a mile.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan

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