Ironwood, Michigan

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  • Bessemer, Michigan

    Hike to Gabbro Falls

    5.0
    1 mi
    Gabbro Falls is on the Black River and is as impressive waterfall.  This wild waterfall does not have any fences or barriers, so view with caution from above. Getting there, take Black Jack Road north. This road will take a sharp left turn and will go by the ski hill. Before you get to the ski hi...
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  • Bessemer, Michigan

    Explore Gabbro Falls

    Gabbro Falls is located just east of Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer, MI. There are two options for seeing the falls. First, you can continue through the resort parking lot, and continue up a service road. On the left, you see a small parking area. From the parking area, you can see a small hand...
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  • Saxon, Wisconsin

    Hike to Saxon Falls

    0.5 mi
    An unusual hike to see the falls, Saxon Falls sits next to a flowage station. On foot, follow the short, wooded hiking trail to the east of the parking area, which leads to the overlook location. For better viewing, continue down the path. The falls sports one of the deepest gorges in the region....
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  • Ironwood, Michigan

    Hike to Superior Falls

    4.0
    0.5 mi / -100 ft gain
    Superior Falls sits right next to the Superior River, near the northern terminus of the Montreal River. The parking area for the falls is rather large, and there are porta-potties directly next to the parking area.  To see the lower region of the falls, you can hike down to the base of the river,...
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  • Saxon, Wisconsin

    Lower Potato Falls

    3.6
    0.48 mi / 207 ft gain
    Coming into the park off Hwy 169 in Gurney, WI, you will turn West onto Falls Rd. It is a gravel road that ends at a circular parking lot, complete with a pit toilet, picnic area, viewing areas, and trailheads. Starting at the trailhead labeled "Lower Potato Falls", you will descend a couple hun...
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  • Saxon, Wisconsin

    Upper Potato Falls

    0.28 mi / 85 ft gain
    You will turn off of Hwy 169 onto a gravel road, follow the road all the way to the end for the trail head. Please drive respectfully as people live on this road. Once you park, you will see multiple trails down to the river. Find the sign for Upper Falls and head that way. After .3 miles you wil...
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  • Ironwood, Michigan

    Presque Isle River Waterfall Loop

    5.0
    2.47 mi / 335 ft gain
    This hike combines the East and West River Trails for a scenic hike along the Presque Isle River, which runs through the Porcupine Mountains State Park. The river has strong currents and sections of rapids, as well as three main waterfalls, Nawadaha Falls, Manido Falls, and Manabezho Falls, which...
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  • Marenisco, Michigan

    Hike to Yondota Falls

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    Outside of Marenisco, MI, take Cty Rd 523 north of town. The trailhead is just north of the bridge over Presque Isle River, hidden away in the trees. We missed it our first pass over the bridge. Once at the trailhead, hike down roughly 0.25 to 0.5 miles to see the waterfalls to your left. There a...
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  • Mellen, Wisconsin

    Copper Falls

    4.6
    1.74 mi / 157 ft gain
    Coming into the park on Hwy 169, you will turn west/northwest into the park entrance. After passing the Ranger's Station you will follow the road (passing camp areas and showers along the way) all the way to the main parking lot near a concessions building. *The handicap parking lot is a little f...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Backpack the Little Carp River Trail in the Porkies

    4.0
    15.3 mi / -720 ft gain
    The Little Carp River Trailhead is located in the center of the Porcupine Mountain State Park, about 16 miles west of the park headquarters on S. Boundary Road. At the start of the trailhead, hikers can see Overlooked Falls. About a mile in one the trail, Greenstone Falls can be seen past both th...
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  • Mellen, Wisconsin

    Red Granite Falls

    2.46 mi / 246 ft gain
    Starting at the parking lot for Loon Lake, follow the signs for Red Granite Falls across a grassed yard and into the woods. The trail is a wide, well-maintained gravel trail that creates a figure-eight loop as it crosses itself twice. Halfway along the trail (regardless of which loop direction y...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Mirror Lake Cabins Loop

    6.24 mi / 584 ft gain
    The trip to Mirror Lake begins at the Summit Peak Scenic Area. To extend your hike, start at the Lily Pond trail-head farther south on Summit Peak Road (5.3 miles to cabin). The initial trail towards the lake is the Beaver Creek trail (1.2 miles). The trail climbs down the peak slope into some lo...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Summit Peak Observation Tower

    0.9 mi / 190 ft gain
    Summit Peak Observation Tower is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Ontonagon, Michigan.
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Hike the Escarpment Trail

    3.5
    8.6 mi
    Upon arriving at Porcupine Mountains State Park (from Highway 107) in Ontonagon, Michigan, follow signs to the Lake of the Clouds Overlook parking lot. From this overlook you will get a taste of the many views of Lake of the Clouds that are to come. The Escarpment Trail begins here and parallels ...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Backpack the Big Carp River and Lake Superior Trails in the Porkies

    18.2 mi
    We started our hiking in the afternoon at the Lake of the Clouds parking lot. Our original plan for the hike was to thru hike the Lake Superior Trail, however, due to muddy conditions and recent rain, we chose the Big Carp River Trail as a dryer route to get to our mid-camp point near the Big Car...
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  • Ontonagon, Michigan

    Hike Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains

    1.4 mi / 334 ft gain
    Hiking in the porcupine mountains could be a day trip or a week trip. From a short rim hike overlooking Lake of the Clouds to a three day back country camping excursion, there are endless amounts of options for planning a getaway to the Porcupine Mountains.  Located in the far northwest of Michig...
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