Summer Series: Backpacking in Michigan

This week we're taking a look at all the best places to go on multi-day backpacking trips around the mitten. There are some great areas here, and they're all different levels of difficulty depending on how avid of a backpacker you are! 

South and North Manitou Island

We've talked about hiking on North Manitou before, and we stand by it. It's one of the best areas in Michigan to get away and get in some quality time with the great outdoors. Generally speaking, South Manitou is geared more toward families and large group camping trips. North Manitou has a few more trail options if that's what you're looking for, but they also have a handful of camping sites near the dock area. We like that South and North Manitou are both islands - it gives you an added sense of "escape" when you're heading out on the ferry.

Isle Royale National Park

If you're looking for a challenging hike, Isle Royale National Park is the way to go. We've reviewed this hike before, as well, because it's just that good. What other hiking trip takes place on an island in the middle of a lake - that contains another lake and island within that island. It's pretty cool. Plus, Isle Royale National Park offers amazing views, awesome encounters with wolves and moose, and so much more. It's a bit of a trip to get there - you have to take a ferry or sea plane - but it's well worth it.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

This hike is a no-brainer. Of course it made our list! The views that Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has to offer are breathtaking. From the crystal clear, blue lake water to the amazing overlooks and sheer cliff faces, you'll never be bored. Additionally, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers additional experiences that you can add-on to your backpacking trip. Maybe you're more interested in backpacking and kayaking? That's absolutely possible here. Be sure to check it out this summer.

Porcupine Mountains

Think that you can't get in a good mountain backpacking trip in Michigan? You'd be wrong. The Porcupine Mountains offer a bit of a different hike for Michiganders looking for a bit of a challenge. Located up north, the trails cover a lot of ground and you're bound to see rivers, small waterfalls, birds, lake views, and a variety of unique wildlife. We've read that The Lake of the Clouds trail head is a good starting point. Get out there and have fun!

Image Credit:

http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/the-11-quietest-and-darkest-national-parks-20150311/pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore-michigan

http://www.blackcoffeeatsunrise.com/2010/10/porcupine-mountains-day-one.html

 

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