Correction Line Trail

Ontonagon, Michigan

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A connecting trail between the Big Carp River and Mirror Lake or the Little Carp River. Once across the creek, hikers will make a slow ascent of nearly 2 miles. At first the climb is easy, but it quickens and does not get easier until hikers top out at a point nearly 1,600 feet high overlooking Mirror Lake. Begin at the west trailhead at a junction with the Big Carp River Trail, on the eastshore of the Big Carp River (see Hike 10).The first 1 mile of the Correction Line Trail crosses very wet ground as the trail moves away from the river. Hikers won’t leave the soggy footing behind until they cross Landlookers Creek.The area remains wet much of the year, making for an unavoidably sloppy start.
Hiking Michigan

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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

A connecting trail between the Big Carp River and Mirror Lake or the Little Carp River. Once across the creek, hikers will make a slow ascent of nearly 2 miles. At first the climb is easy, but it quickens and does not get easier until hikers top out at a point nearly 1,600 feet high overlooking Mirror Lake.

Begin at the west trailhead at a junction with the Big Carp River Trail, on the eastshore of the Big Carp River (see Hike 10).The first 1 mile of the Correction Line Trail crosses very wet ground as the trail moves away from the river. Hikers won’t leave the soggy footing behind until they cross Landlookers Creek.The area remains wet much of the year, making for an unavoidably sloppy start.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ontonagon
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best in Fall
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Local Maps: USGS Thomaston, White Pine, and Carp River quads;
Driving Directions: Directions to Correction Line Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/22/1998
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The Correction Line trail offers excellent access to the back country of the Porcupine Mountains. There is a forest service cabin (furnished with a boat) available at the Mirror Lake end of the trail. The cabins are available at a reasonable rate but they must be reserved well in advance if you plan to use them during a summer weekend. Thankfully there are plenty of good tent camping spots available along the way (this offers more solitude as well). Both Mirror Lake and the Carp Rivers over decent fishing and cool water. Most trails in the Porkies remain in excellent shape throughout the year but expect them to be well covered with snow by late November. This region of the Upper Penninsula averages over 175 inches of snow a year and is known to get over 250" in a bad winter. The Correction Line trail is an excellent place to snowshoe and chances are you will have the trail to yourself in the winter. The back country of Northern Michigan is also an excellent place to go to esccape the heat of summer as the sun barely penetrates the canopy of the forest. Remeber, the standard "bear and mosquito" warning applies for the entire Porcupine Mountain area (and Upper Penninsula for that matter). There are bear poles available throughout the park (and at Mirror Lake if Memory serves correct) and they are quite convenient to use once you get used to balancing a 35lb pack on the end of a 12 ft pole.



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