1. Porcupine Mountains—Escarpment Trail
Distance: 4.3 miles
Location: Ontonagon, MI
Venturing out on the Escarpment Trail in the Porcupine Mountains, you are rewarded with vistas of Lake of the Clouds, Lake Superior, the Carp River Valley, and one of the greatest feelings of grandeur the Upper Midwest has to offer. No doubt, this hike will leave you feeling like you just walked off of the Pacific Crest Trail, with its dusty singletrack, its exposure to the elements, and its commanding views of the surrounding hillsides. While this is only a 4-mile section, a significant change in elevation makes it a challenge.