At this time, there are only two private transportation services for backpackers within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore:
Altran (Alger County Transit) and Trailspotters of Michigan.
It is recommended that you use shuttle service at the beginning of your trip and hike to your vehicle. If you miscalculate your time and miss your shuttle at the end of your trip they will not be turning around to get you. Also, there is no guarantee that there will be cell phone service at your location to call for a new pickup time.
Also, before you plan your trip, PLEASE research the park's backcountry camping webpage. Visitors who do research ahead of time have much more enjoyable experiences. To find out current conditions or ask other questions about backpacking, call the Munising Falls Visitor Center at 906-387-3700.
Shuttle information is subject to change. Please visit the transportation provider's website for the most up-to-date schedule and cost.
Company Contact Information:
Alger County Transit - ALTRAN
530 East Munising Avenue, P.O. Box 69
Munising, MI 49862
ALTRAN's reservation page
ALTRAN requires advance pre-paid reservations. ALTRAN accepts checks as well as Paypal.
The Altran bus travels east towards Grand Marais on Alger County Road H-58, with the return trip traveling west on H-58 to Munising. Altran runs seven days a week. Please refer to their website for schedules and special run information.
If Altran does not have reservations, the bus does not make the run. Do not count on them just "showing up."
Trailspotters of Michigan
8042 M-77 Highway
(This is not the mailing address)
Open May 1 – October 15
Reservation Line: 386-227-7768 (call or text)
Please refer to their website for specific information regarding shuttle service and other programs.