Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop

Bessemer, Michigan 49911

Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop

Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Loop Reviews

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5/1/2009
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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Trail Information

Bessemer
Nearby City
20.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day Hike
Duration
Best May through October
Season
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (906) 885-5275
Local Contacts
USGS Carp River
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018