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Porcupine Mountains Backpacking

Porcupine Mountains Backpacking
Thick old growth forests, bluff-top hiking, mountains, are we sure this is the Midwest? Come hike and camp on the Lake Superior shoreline in the Upper Peninsula’s north woods. Living simply and connecting with your surroundings for a long weekend is the best way to hit the “RESET” button on our hectic lives in the “real world”.
Tented Camp
Backpacking, Camping, hike
Ontonagon, MI
4 Days, 3 Nights
Skill Rating
Van Supported
Single Supplement


Guides, group camping equipment, permits and all meals on trail.

Not Included

Transportation to and from the Porcupine Mountains, personal backpack, clothing and accessories, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad.

Upcoming Dates:

July 11-14
September 5-8


Day 1: Arrive at the Porcupine Mountains State Park by 2 PM the latest. Your guide will have already arranged whether the group will meet at the visitor center or the Lake of the Clouds parking lot. The guide(s) then checks to make sure that everyone has brought appropriate gear, and is not bringing too little (extremely rare) or more than they need (more likely). Then it’s off to the trails at around 3 PM. Usually we hike 3-5 miles on a shoreline trail before pitching camp, digging in to a hot dinner and falling asleep next to the lulling waves and under the starlit sky. Day 2: We break camp and enjoy a hot breakfast, usually coffee, hot chocolate, oatmeal and trail snacks. With fuel in our bellies, we hit the trail, usually around 9 or 10 AM, and hike at our own pace. Typically groups want to cover between 6 and 10 miles today, and it can all be along the shoreline trail. After covering the packed distance, we pitch camp and enjoy some free time until dinner. Hikers often like to take a dip in Lake Superior or the nearby Little Carp River, stretch out for a shoreline nap or grab a water bottle and take a day hike to one of the park’s spectacular waterfalls. We camp near the shore where there are less bugs, gentle wave sounds, a starry sky and a cool breeze. Day 3: We break camp and have another hot breakfast today. We have the option to camp another night on the shoreline or hike inland along the Little Carp River Trail to a campsite on a scenic bluff. Usually we hike about 6-10 miles today. Day 4: After a hot breakfast we start making our way back to civilization. Depending on where we camped the night before, we hike the 3-5 miles to the trailhead or parking lot, aiming to reach our vehicles by noon. After a quick gear sort we are on our way home, ready to share all the great photos we took on our north woods adventure.
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