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Backpack The Porcupine Mountains, MI

Embark on an immersive journey into the kaleidoscopic wonders of fall foliage in the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, where nature's vibrant palette comes alive in a symphony of reds, yellows, and oranges. A backpacking and camping adventure in this majestic wilderness is a breathtaking exploration of the season's magic, as the landscape transforms into a vivid tapestry of color.


The Porcupine Mountains, lovingly referred to as the "Porkies," offer an unparalleled experience for nature enthusiasts and avid backpackers alike. With a myriad of trail options crisscrossing through ancient forests, along serene lakeshores, and up to panoramic vistas, every step unveils a new vista bathed in the warm hues of autumn. From the rugged escarpments to the tranquil shores of Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains beckon with diverse routes, each promising a unique perspective of the fall splendor that graces this pristine wilderness.


Prepare to be captivated by the sheer beauty of nature's seasonal spectacle as you navigate through a tapestry of color on a backpacking and camping adventure like no other.


Trip Date Options


Sep 23rd - Sep 27th Adventure!

Our first Porkies trip of the season is a magical 5-day loop around mountain lakes and along the glacial escarpment that makes the Porcupine Mountains so unique. We start on the legendary Escarpment Trail to get our first glimpse of the iconic Lake of the Clouds. Next, we ascend Government Peak on our way to Mirror Lake. Our adventures caps things off with a night on the soft shores of Lake of the Clouds before returning to the trailhead with happy hearts, tired legs, and adventures fulfilled.

Base Price includes All Trail Meals, Ferry/Bus Ticket, Trekking Poles

Rental Gear Available as a Package or Individual Items. 
Complete the Gear Questionnaire with registration.



Oct 3rd - Oct 6th Adventure!

A rugged and challenging loop on a portion of the legendary Lake Superior Trail! Our first two days will be spent hiking the shoreline of the mighty Lake Superior. From there, we turn inland ascending the Big Carp Trail with a night spent near Bathtub Falls. Our last night will be spent on the shores of Lake of the Clouds, enjoying the crisp evening air and vibrant fall colors.

Base Price includes All Trail Meals, Ferry/Bus Ticket, Trekking Poles

Rental Gear Available as a Package or Individual Items. 
Complete the Gear Questionnaire with registration.


Rental Gear


Rental Gear

$75 Rental Package

  • All Gear, as needed

Individual Rental Items

  • Hiking Backpack

  • All Weather Tent

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Sleeping Pad






A Brief History 

Nestled in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Porcupine Mountains, affectionately known as the "Porkies," boast a rich tapestry of history and natural beauty. Shaped by ancient geological forces and steeped in the cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe people, the region witnessed the arrival of European explorers and fur traders in the 17th century. The Porcupine Mountains earned their name from the distinctive silhouette of their peaks resembling the spiky back of a porcupine. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the area saw logging and mining activities, leaving a mark on its rugged landscape. Recognizing the need for conservation, the state of Michigan established the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in 1945, protecting over 60,000 acres of old-growth forests, pristine lakes, and striking vistas. Today, the Porkies stand as a testament to the delicate balance between human history and ecological preservation, offering visitors a glimpse into both the natural and cultural legacy of this remarkable wilderness.

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