Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers some 90 miles of trails within its 73,000 acres along 42 miles of Lake Superior's south shore. Whether you have only a few minutes, hours, or days to see a portion of the lakeshore, one of these hikes may be for you.
No matter what length, any hike is more fun if you are properly prepared. Always wear sturdy shoes. If you plan to be out an extended time, let someone know where you are going and your expected time of return. Carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. Lake Superior modifies local weather - be prepared for cool conditions and rain.
Pets are permitted only in specific areas. Please check the Pets site bulletin before you plan your hike. Bicycles are not permitted on trails.
Backcountry permits are required only if you plan to camp overnight in the backcountry.
Please use toilets where provided. Otherwise, bury waste 4-6 inches deep and cover with mineral soil. Thank you for carrying out your trash.
So lace up your hiking shoes ... grab a snack, water, map and compass ... and head on down the trail of adventure!
For more information ...
Day hikes site bulletin (pdf)
Chapel/Mosquito area map (pdf)
Leave No Trace
Did You Know?
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the only National Park Service area with an inland buffer zone within its boundary. It is owned by the State of Michigan, corporations, and private citizens. The zone was created to permit sustained yield timber harvest and protect the watershed. More...