Correction Line Trail

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan

Elevation Gain868ft
Trailhead Elevation1,546ft
Elevation Min/Max1010/1635ft
Elevation Start/End1546/1546ft

Correction Line Trail

Correction Line Trail is a hiking trail in Ontonagon County, Michigan. It is within Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,546 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 868 feet. The Mirror Lake 4 Bunk Cabin chalet can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Little Carp River Trail and Big Carp River Trail.

Correction Line Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A connecting trail between the Big Carp River and Mirror Lake or the Little Carp River. Once across the creek, hikers will make a slow ascent of nearly 2 miles. At first the climb is easy, but it quickens and does not get easier until hikers top out at a point nearly 1,600 feet high overlooking Mirror Lake.

Begin at the west trailhead at a junction with the Big Carp River Trail, on the eastshore of the Big Carp River (see Hike 10).The first 1 mile of the Correction Line Trail crosses very wet ground as the trail moves away from the river. Hikers won’t leave the soggy footing behind until they cross Landlookers Creek.The area remains wet much of the year, making for an unavoidably sloppy start."

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The Correction Line trail offers excellent access to the back country of the Porcupine Mountains. There is a forest service cabin (furnished with a boat) available at the Mirror Lake end of the trail. The cabins are available at a reasonable rate but they must be reserved well in advance if you plan to use them during a summer weekend. Thankfully there are plenty of good tent camping spots available along the way (this offers more solitude as well). Both Mirror Lake and the Carp Rivers over decent fishing and cool water. Most trails in the Porkies remain in excellent shape throughout the year but expect them to be well covered with snow by late November. This region of the Upper Penninsula averages over 175 inches of snow a year and is known to get over 250" in a bad winter. The Correction Line trail is an excellent place to snowshoe and chances are you will have the trail to yourself in the winter. The back country of Northern Michigan is also an excellent place to go to esccape the heat of summer as the sun barely penetrates the canopy of the forest. Remeber, the standard "bear and mosquito" warning applies for the entire Porcupine Mountain area (and Upper Penninsula for that matter). There are bear poles available throughout the park (and at Mirror Lake if Memory serves correct) and they are quite convenient to use once you get used to balancing a 35lb pack on the end of a 12 ft pole.

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Trail Information

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Nearby City
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Skill Level
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Local Contacts
USGS Thomaston, White Pine, and Carp River quads;
Local Maps

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Nov 2018