Pictured Rocks National Park in Michigan

When I think of some of great Midwest Hikes, I have to think of Pictured Rocks National Park. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore includes a 42 mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail, stretching from Munising to Grand Marais. It is on this section of the trail, where I would rate some of the best scenic hiking around. Located in the U.P. of Michigan, the trail gives you a variety of outstanding photo opportunities that come out breathtaking. The Lake Superior shoreline provides a spectacular place for backcountry camping, hiking, and relaxation. Hikers are rewarded with exhilarating views and opportunities for personal challenge and introspection.


The Lakeshore backcountry is very popular, especially in July and August. Advance planning and having an alternate itinerary is important when requesting a permit. Shuttle bus transportation is available for hikers wishing to take a bus to the starting point and hike back to their vehicle. For Altran’s schedule, reservations, and fee information, please review our Public Transportation webpage.

All hikers and sea kayakers camping overnight in the backcountry must obtain a permit. Permits must be obtained in person; the permit is available the day of your trip or one day prior.

Permits are available at the Hiawatha National Forest – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Interagency Visitor Center in Munising year round. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, permits are available at the Grand Sable Visitor Center in Grand Marais. A user fee of $4 per person, per night is required when you pick up your permit. There are no refunds. This fee may change to $5 per person, per night during 2008.


I hiked this trail in 2003 and absolutely loved it. There were shipwreks I could see from the cliffs, and excellent camp sites. It was great hiking along the beach, and then going back into the woods. YES, there are Bears around, but I didn’t see any. All campsites have Bear Hangers, or Depostories. Awesome views along the cliffs, and watching the sunset on the shoreline was an added plus. I can’t wait to get out there again. Flies are little bad in July. Best Hiking months are June, August, September, but it’s open year round.

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See you on the Trail.


Enjoy the outdoors and love getting out into the backcountry.

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  • I’ve hiked this trail. Awesome. You should some pics on the google map, or link it to a public one. I would go again in a minute. Black Flies bad in July however.

  • Never heard of it before, but after reading this can say with assurance, that it’s a point of great interest and fun for me