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The 16-mile linear trail affords a moderate to difficult hike along the shore of Lake Superior.

Aptly named, the Lake Superior Trail traverses the shores and inner coastline of Lake Superior for a distance of 16 linear miles. With trailheads available near Lake of the Clouds Overlook and Presque Isle Campground, a car shuttle is recommended. Experienced trail users recommend hiking the trail in an east - west direction affording a downhill trek after conquering Escarpment Overlook. Cabins, shelters, and spur trails to campgrounds are dispersed along the path. Several creek crossings are enhanced with bridges and boardwalks while rock hopping is required of others. Points of interest along the trail include Lone Rock, a huge glacial remnant; Big Carp River; Shining Cloud Falls, the park's highest waterfall; Little Carp River; Pinkerton Creek, showcasing a 60-foot ravine, and the Presque Isle River, a famed whitewater river.

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, Head west along M-107 about 6 - 8 miles. Trailhead parking is located on the north side of M-107 (about 1 mile east of parking lot for Lake of the Clouds Overlook).

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 16 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan

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