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Porcupine Mountains

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Distance: 21.9 miles


Twelve of us spent 4 days absorbing the beauty of the Porcupine Mountains.

     We left early Monday morning on the 20th of July for a 10 hour drive to Porcupine Mountain State Park. We started our journey from the parking area by Lake of the Clouds road for a short 2-3 mile hike down the Lake Superior Trail to camp. After supper and a beautiful sunset, we settled down for a good nights sleep.
     The next morning we got up early, had a quick breakfast and began our hike of the Lake Superior Trail. We made good time and were at the junction of the Big Carp River Trail. We took a couple hours for lunch and to explore parts of the Big Carp River before we continued our hike. When we came to the Little Carp River Trail we began following it towards our evening camp. We stopped often to enjoy the many waterfalls and the character of the river. We put in a long day and hiked a long ways up the river before making camp.
     Wednesday morning we woke up with sore muscles. We set out for another good days hike with many stops for photos and even once for a couple fathers to try some fishing. The day turned out to be one where we put on some elevation and heard thunder to the south all afternoon. We camped that evening at Mirror Lake and were able to refresh ourselves with a swim in the lake. For supper that night we tried pizza in a pan and enjoyed every bite.
     Thursday morning found us ready to tackle a lot of elevation change and a hike out to our vehicles. There were many spots along this portion of the trail that would have been fun to stop and explore. We made it out on time to eat our lunch in the parking lot of the Lake of the Clouds.
     This is a beautiful hike and one I would recommend to everyone who is in condition for the strenuous hike.

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