Shining Cloud Falls

Bessemer, Michigan

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Shining Cloud Falls is a bit of a backcountry icon, and rightly so. This waterfall is remote, about as far from a road as you can get in the Porkies, or even for that matter, in the whole U.P. It is not a gimme. It is not one of those waterfalls you can drive up to, or walk a quarter-mile-long manicured path to reach. That said, I think there is much more than sweat equity that elevates the Shining Cloud experience. The waterfall itself is striking, but it is only one part of a remarkable outing, a sojourn with the essence of the Porkies, its wild core. What follows is a description of one way to hike to Shining Cloud Falls. Besides being the easiest and shortest route, it is arguably the most beautiful.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)

Shining Cloud Falls is a bit of a backcountry icon, and rightly so. This waterfall is remote, about as far from a road as you can get in the Porkies, or even for that matter, in the whole U.P. It is not a gimme. It is not one of those waterfalls you can drive up to, or walk a quarter-mile-long manicured path to reach.

That said, I think there is much more than sweat equity that elevates the Shining Cloud experience. The waterfall itself is striking, but it is only one part of a remarkable outing, a sojourn with the essence of the Porkies, its wild core. What follows is a description of one way to hike to Shining Cloud Falls. Besides being the easiest and shortest route, it is arguably the most beautiful.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bessemer
Distance: 10.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Local Maps: USGS Tiebel Creek, Carp River
Driving Directions: Directions to Shining Cloud Falls

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