These are hikes along two of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park's rivers, between uplands and shore. From the trail’s junction with the Lake Superior Trail, hikers will lose elevation as they make the trek to the bed of the Little Carp River. This will be the first of many ups and downs along this trail; the route gains nearly 1,000 feet in elevation from trailhead to trailhead.
Within the next 2 miles hikers will make a number of stream crossings, all without the aid of bridges.About 0.5 mile later, the first of two waterfalls, Explorer Falls, comes into view. The next,Trapper Falls, comes several hundred yards farther down the trail. From the falls, the trail is fairly easy to negotiate and follows the trace of the river. It begins to get a bit steeper as it makes a turn northwest, heading for its terminus at Mirror Lake. Special attractions: Waterfalls, streams, Lake Superior shore. These trails are ideal segments of larger trail loops from shore to uplands, or vice versa.
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