Best Backpacking in Michigan

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Michigan. Use this list to plan your next Michigan backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Rock Harbor Trail


A popular, relative comfortable two- or three-day trail, with scenic shoreline views and camping sites near inland lakes. According to park officials, this trail is probably the most heavily used trai…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Houghton, MI - Backpacking, Hiking - 13 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Feldmann Ridge - Island Mine Loop


A scenic three- or four-day loop departing from Windigo. This 24-mile loop is a mildly rugged trail that traces the southwestern corner of the park, an area with few tough stretches and plenty of scen…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan"
Houghton, MI - Backpacking, Hiking - 28 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Trap Hills Traverse


Among all the attractions of this route, and there are many, one thing stands out--broad views. A string of rock outcrops offer sweeping vistas of what seem to be endless forest. Much of the Trap Hi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula"
Bergland, MI - Backpacking, Hiking - 28.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Isle Royale National Park: Greenstone Ridge Trail


Go high above this tiny Lake Superior island for solitude, views, and one of Michigan’s most incredible ridge hikes. Lake Superior acts like a 31,800-square-mile moat that keeps the sightseers away—t…
From the guidebook "Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast"
Houghton, MI - Backpacking, Hiking - 42 miles
Published by Falcon Guides