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Ottawa National Forest

Bessemer Ranger District

Conglomerate Falls
The hiking trail drops steadily as you near the river. At the falls, the river separates into two sections, falling 40 feet around an island of conglomerate rock, which gives the falls its name.
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Length: 3/4 mile
Skill Type: Easy to strenuous

Potowatomi/Gorge Falls
An asphalt surface trail connects the parking area at Gorge Falls to the viewing platform overlooking Potawatomi Falls. The trail, restroom and viewing platform at Potawatomi are fully accessible, providing a unique opportunity to view one of our areas most beautiful waterfalls.
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Skill Type: Easy to strenuous

Portions of North Country Trail
The Black River Segment on the Bessemer Ranger District parallels the Black River for five miles with its scenic rapids and waterfalls from just north of Copper Peak to beautiful Black River Harbor on Lake Superior. From here it crosses the footbridge at the mouth of the Black River, then turns south and again parallels the river to a point just upstream of Rainbow Falls. It then turns eastward for five miles to Gogebic County Road 519. The trail runs north on this road into the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness
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Location: 12 miles north of US-2 on County Road 513

Rainbow
The ½-mile hiking trail will take you from a paved parking lot to a stairway dropping down to an observation platform overlooking the scenic Rainbow Falls. With the right angle of sunlight, it produces a rainbow effect that gives the falls its name.
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Length: 1/2 mile

Sandstone Falls
A ¼-mile hiking trail will take you from a paved parking lot down a series of steps to the falls. The trail is short, but there is a steep series of steps. Not a large falls, but has varied rock formations and hollows carved out of sandstone and conglomerate rock by stream erosion.
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Length: 1/4 mile

Wolf Mountain Hike
This is a beautiful, gradual hike through lush northern hardwood foliage. It’s rather steep as you near the end, but worth the climb: a breathtaking view awaits you at the top.
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Location: Off US Hwy 2 at the end of FS Road 9300, approximately 18 miles east of Ironwood
Skill type: Easy to strenuous

Ontonagon District

Beaver Lodge Interpretive Trail
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Length: 1-1/4 miles long
Skill type: Easy to small inclines
Location: Accessed north of Kenton on Forest Road 1470, then take 1478 to Bob Lake Campground.

Cascade Falls Trail
This trail offers two alternative routes to reach a small waterfall on Cascade Creek. The scenic Twin Peaks route climbs a bluff overlooking the West Branch of the Ontonagon River and the Trap Hills. The valley route avoids the steep path of the higher route but reaches the same destination.
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Length: One mile
Location:7 miles northeast of Bergland on Forest Road 400 to the junction with FR 468. The two routes depart from the parking lot.

Circle of Life Trail
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Length: Takes one hour to hike
Skill type: Easy- Intermediate level
Location: Accessed about 6 miles east of Mass City off M-38 on Forest Road 1960 at Courtney Lake Campground. It starts across from the day use parking area and ends at campsite 7.

O Kun De Kun Trail
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Length: 45 minutes to hike
Skill type: Easy
Location: Halfway between Rockland MI and Bruce Crossing off of US 45.

Watersmeet Ranger District

Imp Lake Trail
It is a nice trail and wheelchair accessible. Part of the trail is boardwalk and at the half-way point, there is decking with wooden chairs. It is particularly pretty with fall colors.
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Length: 1 mile loop trail
Skill type: Easy
Location: Entrance is at the Imp Lake Campground
which can be accessed east of US 2 on FR 3940 to FR 3978.

Kakabika Water Falls
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Skill type: Difficult
Location: Approximately ¼-mile off of County Rd 527, approximately 13 miles west of Watersmeet on US2.

Meximinee Trail
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Length: 1/4 mile
Skill Type: Easy
Location: Trail is found at Burned Dam Campgrounds, approximately seven miles northeast of Watersmeet.

Visitor Center Interpretive Trail
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Length: 10 minutes long
Location: Accessed at the Ottawa Visitor Center which is located at the corner of US2 and Hwy 45 in Watersmeet.


For further information about these trails contact:
The Ottawa National Forest
Supervisor’s Office
E6248 US 2
Ironwood, MI 49938
(906) 932 – 1330

Porcupine Mountain State Park

Porcupine Mountain State Park can be your destination in The Wilds of Michigan for all of your hiking and back country needs. The Porkies have over 18 hiking trails with some as long as 17 miles with others brining you in a mile loop. Here you can explore high above the shoreline of Lake Superior and deep in the old growth hemlock forest.

Beaver Creek Trail
The Beaver Creek Trail takes you on a short hike downhill into a valley, following along a small tributary of the Little Carp River and through the wetlands of The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 1.2 miles
Trail Type: Point to point
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Little and Big Carp River Trails
Little and Big Carp River Trails are critical trails for completing larger trail loops. Enjoy the ever changing scenery as you travel up and over gentle hills only to descend once more into the quiet forest. Enjoy the pristine river flowing steps away and embrace The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: Little Carp River – 11.3 miles / Big Carp River – 9.6 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate, at times easy
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Cross Trail/Correction Line Trail
Connecting the trails of Big Carp River and Little Carp River, Correction Line begins amidst a dense setting of towering coniferous’ in The Wilds of Michigan. Climb nearly 1,600 feet to an astounding view of Mirror Lake, set deep in the PorcupineMountainsWildernessState Park, before descending toward a rugged campground of your choice on the secluded shores of Mirror Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: Correction Line – 2.8 miles / Cross Trail – 4.5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Cross Trail – Intermediate / Correction Line – Difficult
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Escarpment Trail
Rugged and raw! The Escarpment Trail takes you up close and personal with some of the most beautiful scenery in The Wilds of Michigan. Trek along the impressive escarpment skirts over Cloud Peak and Cuyahoga Peak. Sheer cliffs and panoramic views of spectacular Lake of The Clouds awaits you at the top of the Escarpment Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 4.3 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Government Peak Trail
Surround yourself by stands of hardwood and hemlock as you discover Government Peak Trail. Explore the rugged beauty of Trap Falls as you ascend to the second highest peak in the Park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 7.3 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Lake Superior Trail
Ready to get rugged! This is your trail. Follow the rocky shore of Lake Superior along the longest trail in the Park. Rugged and raw, with endless outstanding views, you will surely connect with the untamed Wilds of Michigan as you traverse one of the area’s most challenging and also most rewarding trails!

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 17.1 miles
Trail Type: Point to Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Lily Pond Trail
Majestic virgin hemlocks and white pine tower above hikers on their way into the heart of the park and the purity of The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail Type: Point to Point
Skill Level: Intermediate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Lost Lake Trail
Plunge into the depths of western forests as you quickly ascend rocky slopes of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to this beautiful small wilderness lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness StatePark

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

North Mirror Lake
Visit the heart of The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State park upon the North Mirror Lake trail. Hikers find towering pines as they reach the highest lake in the park at a magnificent 1,532 feet. Outdoor enthusiast should expect a demanding hike since it is generally uphill.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Local Contact: PorcupineMountainsWildernessState Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Overlook Trail
After conquering Government Peak keep the adrenaline flowing and knock out this popular side trail in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Hikers are blessed with outstanding virgin timber and numerous views of the park as it sits unaltered in The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Pinkerton Trail
A short but sweet trail in The Wilds of Michigan, this trail offers a connector to or from the mouth of Little Carp River. Upon the short but stunning trail hikers will cross the Pinkerton Creek thanks to a handy bridge. Minutes later a second creek creates an obstacle that is easily crossed via another bridge. Ambitious hikers may follow this lead all the way to Shining Cloud Falls which is truly a waterfall stuck in time as it stands between the Central and Eastern Time zones on the Big Carp River Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

South Mirror Lake Trail
A quick route to MirrorLake, this trail offers an easy but intriguing environment. Upon arrival fishing enthusiasts will find fine brook trout fishing. Hikers that are enthused of the area can ascend to SummitPeak for an epic view of The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Intermediate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Summit Peak Tower Trail
This short trail leads to SummitPeak, at 1,958 feet, the highest point in the park. A viewing deck and observation tower provide outstanding views of the park and surrounding area. Trail climbs 300 feet to the tower.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 0.5 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Union Mine Trail
Enjoy a short interpretive trail revealing the history of the Union Mine Copper Country from 1846. Several seasonal waterfalls are found adjacent to this trail on the Union and Little Union Rivers.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 1 mile
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Union Spring Trail
Don’t miss a chance to observe the largest natural spring in The Wilds of Michigan go to work. Over 700 gallons of clear water bubble from the earth every minute. Viewing is made even easier for hikers through a floating dock. Hike from trailhead to spring is 2 miles.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 4 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Visitor Center Nature Trail
Easy and enjoyable self-guided nature trail that takes about 45 minutes to complete and highlights the wildlife and other natural features of The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 1 mile
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275

Whitetail Path
Whether campers at Union Bay Campground are looking for a morning stroll as various species of birds sing to the sunrise or an afternoon adventure, Whitetail path makes that as easy as possible. It is accessible to all campers and arrives at the Wilderness Visitor Center of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in The Wilds of Michigan.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Length: 0.8 mile
Trail Type: Out-and-Back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contact: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone Number: (906) 885-5275