Each winter, groundwater seeps through the porous sandstone cliffs edging Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, decorating the rock with dramatic spires and sheets of ice plunging straight down to Lake Superior. More than 50 named climbing routes spider up 25 miles of shoreline on the park’s west side, luring everyone from gawking hikers to rookie ice climbers to seasoned pros. Beginners and intermediates can head to the Sand Point Escarpment (a 1-mile hike from Sand Point Beach) to try their top ropes on formations like The Curtains, a 30-foot, rippling ice wall, and Sweet Mother Moses, a 70-foot frozen pillar. Season December to March
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.