There are two shuttle transportation services for backpackers within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore:
Altran (Alger County Transit) and Trailspotters Shuttle Service.
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.
If Altran or Trailspotters do not have reservations, the bus does not make the run. Do not count on them just "showing up."
Also, before you plan your trip, PLEASE research the park's backcountry camping webpage. To find out current conditions or ask other questions about backpacking, call the Munising Falls Visitor Center at 906-387-3700.
Company Contact Information:
Alger County Transit - ALTRAN
530 East Munising Avenue, P.O. Box 69
Munising, MI 49862
Altran's reservation page
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.
3042 M77 Hwy, PO Box 23
Both companies require advance pre-paid reservations. Altran accepts checks as well as Paypal. Information is subject to change. Please visit the transportation provider's website for the most up-to-date schedule and cost.
When making a reservation, please indicate your pick-up date, time, and location; your drop-off location; and the number in your party.
Last updated: July 4, 2018