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Rapid River, Michigan

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  • Washington, Wisconsin

    Hike the Thordarson Loop Trail at Rock Island State Park

    5.2 mi
    Getting to Rock Island is the first part of the journey. Driving to the tip of Door County, drive to the Northport Pier and grab your first ferry to Washington Island. Once there, drive across the island to Kafri Ferry dock. This ferry does not allow vehicles, so you'll be carrying anything you'l...
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  • Munising, Michigan

    Backpack Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    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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  • Munising, Michigan

    Grand Island Loop

    20.63 mi / 1309 ft gain
    Located in Munising, MI, Grand Island National Recreation Area is a part of the Hiawatha National Forest. While this section of the Upper Peninsula is known for Pictured Rocks National Park, many people fail to see or check out Grand Island. Secluded by ferry access, the island features 12 backpa...
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  • Munising, Michigan

    Miners Castle to Au Sable Lighthouse

    27.32 mi / 2323 ft gain
    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 ...
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  • Shingleton, Michigan

    Chapel Basin to Beaver Creek Loop

    20.52 mi / 2244 ft gain
    This two day (easily extended if you want more time to explore) hike offers some of the best views in all 40 miles of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The days are split up into a 8.8 mile day and a 12.6 mile day and can be done in either direction but since I did the 8.8 mile day first I will ...
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  • Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

    Backpack the Europe Bay Trail at Newport State Park

    7.6 mi
    Hidden on the northeastern side of Door County, Newport State Park offers 16 secluded, hike-in only campsites throughout its 20-plus miles of hikable terrain. The Europe Bay Trail Loop encompasses the northern portion of the park, and leads to three campsites bordering Europe Lake or the Lake Mic...
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