Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula
by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This hike has it all. The beaches of Florida, the cliffs of California Big Sur and the forests of the Northwest all rolled into one. Absolutely stunning scenery, easy to moderate hiking, clean well-maintained campsites, and easy access. One of my best hikes, especially for the Midwest.
Fabulous hike - but a good 9 mile round trip to the shoreline of lake Superior. Chapel rock & beach are beautiful, but so is the actual hike. Do the complete loop rather than back-tracking your steps. The western loop trail is relatively unused & the view of Chapel lake on the way back is spectacular. Plan on a full day trip and pack a snack or picnic lunch for the beach if you can!
This is by far the best part of the pictured rocks trail. If you're looking for a good day hike near Munising this is it. I don't suggest bringing little kids along because it's about 4.5 miles round trip and the few people I saw there with little kids were having to carry them back after about 1-1.5 miles but if you're sure your kids can handle a 1-1.5 hour trip I would definitely recommend it. I first stopped here on my way down the Pictured Rocks trail and loved it so much that I brought my family there the next week.
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