A 3 day hike from Munising Falls to Little Beaver Lake in the UP's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The majority of the hike follows the Lakeshore Trail, one of the premier footpaths in Michigan.
Mileage Hiked: 23.0 miles
Min. Elevation: 600'
Max Elevation: 850'
Day 1 - Entering the backcountry just north of the Munising Falls Trailhead.
Day 1 - Munising Falls is at the end of an 800 foot side trail at the Lakeshore Trail trailhead. It drops about 75 feet off the Pictured Rocks Escarpment and is one of the more popular sites to see in Pictured Rocks.
Day 1 - I am not up on my fungi, if anyone knows what this is called feel free to let me know!
Day 1 - A shot of myself at the begining (or end) of the Lakeshore Trail at Munising Falls.
Day 1 - This is one of the first good views offered from the Lakeshore Trail heading north. I believe it was taken just after the junction with the Sand Point Trail. Sand point is the near point to the left. The town of Munising is barely visible in the center distance. Grand Island is to the right.
Day 1 - There are 2 or 3 of these types of waterfalls in the first 6 miles of the trail. They bear a striking resemblance to Munising Falls but are even more beautiful (I think) because of their remoteness.
Day 1 - Miners Castle is perhaps the most famous of the Pictured Rocks landmarks. Here is the obligitory photo. It is beautiful but after 7 miles of solitude the crowds here can be bothersome.
Day 1 - At the end of the day taking a quick dip in cool Lake Superior was just what we needed. This beach is just north of Miners Castle.
Day 1 - A couple miles north of Sand Point the escarpment begins to drop more shrply to the lake. This is the first true cliff-top overlook as you are heading north along the trail.