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The Best Hiking in Michigan

Looking for the best hiking in Michigan? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Michigan. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Michigan

  • Mesick, Michigan

    Backpack the Manistee River Trail

    4.0
    17.6 mi
    Starting at the Red Bridge River Access Area just off North Coates Hwy (about 8 miles east of Brethren, Michigan) there is a small parking lot opposite of the trailhead where you can leave your car. The trail is part of the North Country Trail (NCT) so it is well marked with signs leading the way...
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  • Glen Arbor, Michigan

    Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    4.5
    3.5 mi
    There are two approaches to conquering the Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. You can run to the top (the preferred method for those under the age of 10). Or, you can slowly trek up the side of this seemingly vertical wall of sand, breathing and sweating heavily, cursing each l...
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  • Free Soil, Michigan

    Camp in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness

    4.6
    The Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area is located south of Manistee along an extremely isolated shoreline. Most hikers prefer to camp two nights along the shores of Lake Michigan, but some choose to call the dunes home for weeks at a time. This is an area of backwoods camping, where sites can be est...
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  • Munising, Michigan

    Backpack Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    5.0
    43 mi / 500 ft gain
    The time of the year is one of the most important factors of this trip. DO NOT under any circumstances plan this trip for a time during mid June - mid August. The black flies at this time of the year are more than a nuisance. They are seemingly resistant to even 100% DEET, and can bite through cl...
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  • Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

    Backpack Isle Royale NP's Greenstone Ridge Trail

    5.0
    41.12 mi / 3235 ft gain
    Isle Royale National Park consists of Isle Royale, a fifty mile long and nine mile wide island in Lake Superior, and about 45 smaller islands around (and within) it. Remote and undeveloped, the shores can be visited by watercraft, but the only way to see the interior is to walk across it. Because...
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  • Munising, Michigan

    Hike to Miners Falls

    4.8
    A simple hike from the trailhead will take you through the woods and to the viewing deck of Miners Falls. There are well marked signs to the trailhead from the main road, which is extremely helpful with the lack of cell phone service in the area. The hike is 1.2 miles round trip and requires no ...
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  • Ludington, Michigan

    Hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse

    4.7
    3.6 mi
    Big Sable Point Lighthouse is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Michigan. A 3.6 mile round trip hike along the Lake Michigan shoreline will bring you to the destination, which is nestled among sprawling sand dunes. Each evening, it offers a stunning sunset along the sandy beaches.A shor...
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  • Leland, Michigan

    Camp on South Manitou Island

    5.0
    South Manitou Island is situated off of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Lake Michigan. The island is only accessible by a two-hour ferry ride, which leaves once a day from Leeland.Upon arriving at the island boat dock, you'll soon realize this isn't an ordinary experience. South Man...
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  • Shingleton, Michigan

    Hike Chapel Loop

    5.0
    10.4 mi / 230 ft gain
    The trail loop from Mosquito Beach to Chapel Rock takes hikers through woods, to the edge of cliffs, and to the bottom of beaches along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The trail head begins inland and contains a 10.4 mile loop to numerous locations and viewing areas.The cliffs tower to hei...
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  • Pinckney, Michigan

    Backpack to Blind Lake

    15 mi
    Finding a quiet, relatively secluded place to backpack can be difficult in Southeastern Michigan. However, backpacking at Blind Lake in the Pinckney State Park is a fantastic option for those searching. Blind Lake is accessible by a 7 mile hike in from Silver Lake, but can be approached from seve...
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Camp at White Pine Campground

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    This is one of the cheapest ways to stay near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore overnight. You'll have access to the beach right near your campsite. It's remote enough to be quiet, and it's not a very long hike.There are only 6 campsites available, and they come on a first come, first serve ...
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  • Saint Ignace, Michigan

    Bike around Mackinac Island

    4.0
    8 mi
    Mackinac Island is accessible only by ferry, and there are no cars allowed on the island. While you can rent bikes over there, we opted to bring ours along on the Star Line ferry. Super easy and we had no problems!Lake Shore Boulevard, or State Highway M-185, wraps around the entire island and is...
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  • Shingleton, Michigan

    Hike Superior's Pictured Rocks Shore to Au Sable Lighthouse

    3.0
    26 mi
    This trip works best with two cars where the first is dropped off at the Twelvemile Beach Parking Lot), and carpooled over to the Miner's Castle Parking Lot. Both lots can be easily found in the Pictured Rocks National Seashore Map, or on Google Maps.Start your day at Miner's Castle by checking o...
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  • Marquette, Michigan

    Hike Sugarloaf Mountain, MI

    Located just outside Marquette, Sugarloaf Mountain offers stunning 360 views of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The trail is short with two route options: difficult and easy.The difficult trail is still extremely easy, with the distance to the top under a half mile. The last couple hundred feet are g...
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  • Pinckney, Michigan

    Hike or Bike the Potawatomi Trail

    3.8
    17.5 mi / 1208 ft gain
    The Potawatomi Trail passes over hills and by lakes, with sometimes sandy terrain and exposed roots to make for a technical challenge. Both hikers and bikers use this track. Mountain bikers describe the route as fast and flowing, with decent elevation change.
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  • Honor, Michigan

    Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    5.0
    2 mi
    This moderately hilly boardwalk hike takes you to scenic viewpoints above Lake Michigan. The Sleeping Bear Dunes do not fail to impress, particularly at sunset.
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