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