Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers 100 miles of hiking trails leading to waterfalls, beaches, forest wilderness, cultural sites, and breathtaking cliff-top views of Lake Superior. 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. Where allowed, dogs/pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Bicycles are prohibited on park trails.
WALKS OF ONE MILE OR LESS:
Sand Point Marsh Trail - Length: 0.5 mile loop. Located across from Sand Point Beach, this boardwalk trail takes you through one of the park's most beautiful wetlands. Old beach ridges, a cattail marsh, small ponds, and white cedar and black spruce swamp communities dominate the scene. The best times for wildlife activity are early or late in the day. Wheelchair accessible. No pets.
Munising Falls - Length: 800 feet one way. Walk this paved trail up the cool, shaded sandstone canyon along Munising Creek to the central viewing platform to view the 50 foot waterfall. Two sets of stairs lead to elevated platforms that offer different views of the water as it drops over a sandstone cliff. Please stay on the paved trail. Going into or behind the falls is prohibited. Pets allowed on trail and stairs.
Miners Castle Overlook - Length varies: 200 to 1300 feet one way. A short walk from the Miners Castle parking lot, Miners Castle can be viewed from 3 different viewing platforms. The two upper platforms are wheelchair accessible. Pets are allowed on paved (not dirt) trails in this area, and viewing platforms.
Miners Castle to Miners Beach - Length: 1 mile one way. Take the trail from Miners Castle downhill to Miners Beach, crossing the Miners River along the way. Enjoy the beach and then hike back up - or have a friend pick you up in the Miners Beach parking lot. No pets allowed on the trail.
White Pine Trail - Length: 0.7 mile loop. Begins at the Little Beaver Lake Campground. The trail includes a stand of 250-300 year old white pines. On a warm summer day, enjoy the cool, moist microclimate of this area. Watch your step - trail has some steep erosion in one place. No pets.
Superior Overlook - Length: 50 feet round trip. Offers a beautiful view of Lake Superior and easy access to a beach. The overlook is wheelchair accessible. Pets allowed.
Twelvemile Beach - Access via stairs at campground day-use parking area. Pets allowed.
Log Slide Overlook Trail - Length: 0.4 mile round trip. The trail leads through mature hardwoods to an old log landing at the former site of the Log Slide. Interpretive exhibits relate the logging and dune building history of the area. Beautiful views of Lake Superior, the Grand Sable Dunes, and Au Sable Lighthouse in the distance. Pets allowed.
Grand Sable Dunes Trail - Length: 1.0 mile round trip. Starts at the west end of the Sable Falls parking area. The trail passes an old apple orchard and crosses a bridge over Sable Creek. It then winds uphill through jack pines into an open dune environment. Pets allowed.
Sable Falls Trail – Length: 0.6 mile round trip. From the Sable Falls parking lot, this trail starts with 170 steps down to the base of the falls and and continues past the falls along Sable Creek to a rock beach on Lake Superior. The first landing on the stairs provides a view of Sable Falls, although the best view is from the bottom. Pets allowed on trail and stairs.
Hikes Over One MileMiners Falls Trail - Length: 1.2 miles round trip. This easy trail takes you through the forest to view where the Miners River cascades 50 feet over a sandstone outcrop. Take another 64 steps down to a lower platform. Pets allowed.
Chapel Basin / Mosquito Falls Area - Length: Varies, 2 to 10 miles round trip. A number of different trails and hikes are available here. Consult a map before you hike in this area. No pets allowed on any of the trails in this area.
Au Sable Light Station - Length: 3.0 miles round trip. Leaving from Hurricane River Campground, walk on the old access road back in time to an isolated Lake Superior lighthouse. Exposed shipwreck remains dot the shoreline, and the quiet light station gives you a feeling of yesteryear where families lived and worked from 1874 to 1958. Guided tours of the lighthouse are provided in summer. Pets allowed on road and light station grounds. Reminder: No bicycles.
Grand Sable Forest Trail - Length: 2.0 miles round trip. Nice walk between the Grand Sable Visitor Center and the Sable Falls parking lot. The trail offers a stroll through a maple forest and along the edge of old farm fields. Pets allowed.
North Country Trail segments (Used to be called the Lakeshore Trail) - Length: Up to 42 miles (through the park). In addition to some of the trails listed above, there are many other trail segments in the park, like Miners Castle to Sand Point, or Log Slide to Au Sable Light Station. Check the Backcountry Trip Planner map for locations and lengths. No pets.
BE SAFE! BE PREPARED! No matter what length, any hike is more fun if you are properly prepared.
Last updated: May 10, 2019