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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Miners Beach to Little Beaver Lake

Trace the shoreline of Lake Superior past beaches and lakefront overlooks on this 13.8-mile point to point in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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On the Upper Peninsula’s northern shoreline, Lake Superior’s powerful weather and water have carved 15 miles of giant, tree-topped arches, jagged promontories, and sea caves. The showstopper: a 200-foot, sheer sandstone cliff that resembles the chiseled mug of a Marine, with battle scars of manganese and iron streaked across his face, and a boreal forest crew cut. See the stone visage and other sights on this 13.8-mile weekend hike, tracing rocky trail and lakeside beaches from Miners Castle to Little Beaver Lake. Best season: Go in fall for fewer bugs, more solitude, and fiery foliage.
PERMIT: Backcountry permits required (available at the Grand Marais or Munising visitor centers). Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm.
MORE INFO: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 906-387-2607; nps.gov/piro/
-Mapped by Steve Johnson

To Trailhead

From Munising Ave. and Cedar St. in Munising, MI, head southeast on CR 58/E. Munising Ave. (becomes Adams Trail). In 3.2 miles, turn left at Carmody Rd. In 3.8 miles, left at Miners Castle Rd. In 4 miles, turn left at Miner Rd. Go 0.2 mile to trailhead parking.

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