Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop

Bessemer, Michigan

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This hike has it all. Every scenic attraction that draws hikers to the Porkies is here. Rock balconies in the first few miles offer broad Lake Superior views, before the trail descends to parallel the lake’s wave-washed shore. After a 6-mile-long sojourn near the big lake, the route turns inland, ascending alongside the cascading Big Carp River to Shining Cloud Falls. After the 10-mile mark, old-growth forest brackets the rest of the hike’s path as the trail winds its way up the Big Carp River Valley, passing below the cliffs of Miscowawbic Peak. For a grand finale the hike switchbacks up to the Escarpment and offers a parade of far-reaching views from that ridge’s heights.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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

This hike has it all. Every scenic attraction that draws hikers to the Porkies is here. Rock balconies in the first few miles offer broad Lake Superior views, before the trail descends to parallel the lake’s wave-washed shore.

After a 6-mile-long sojourn near the big lake, the route turns inland, ascending alongside the cascading Big Carp River to Shining Cloud Falls. After the 10-mile mark, old-growth forest brackets the rest of the hike’s path as the trail winds its way up the Big Carp River Valley, passing below the cliffs of Miscowawbic Peak. For a grand finale the hike switchbacks up to the Escarpment and offers a parade of far-reaching views from that ridge’s heights.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bessemer
Distance: 20.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (906) 885-5275
Local Maps: USGS Carp River
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2009
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This is a long trail for a day hike, but well worth the effort. The weather along the lake can be unpredictable so come prepared. If you plan on taking this hike after the 2nd week in April be prepared to battle the flies on the lake shore. Some of the views are truly breath taking so bring a camera.



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