@Nathan1 unfortunately I haven't gotten that far along the Northern border yet, but while you are in the area you should check out the backpacking in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula!
I have tons! Could you be a bit more specific? Are you wanting advice on: which trails to hike/not hike, where to camp, when to go, what to bring, weather, trail conditions, etc.? How many days would you plan on backpacking there / what amount of distance do you want to cover? @Nathan1
Yes, I am looking at a couple nights in mid September. I am sort of new to backpacking so wondering if you had any advice as to what trail loops would be best for a two night stay. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
@Nathan1 How many miles do you usually walk per day with a full backpacking backpack on more or less flat ground? This will help me give recommendations. 🙂
@bryndsharp I am thinking about doing about 25 to 30 miles total, but not sure exactly. Probably looking to start at the Escarpment Trail make my way either down Lake Superior Trail or Big Carp Trail and loop around at some point.
@Nathan1 great! One big piece of advice is to make sure to reserve your campsites in advance - the closer it gets to the dates you want to go, the harder it will be to find site availability. You can reserve sites at this link. Be sure to select "backcountry" up at the top of the screen to search for backcountry campsites.
Here are two loops I would recommend as options for you:
#1 - Lake of the Clouds/Superior/Lily Pond/Mirror Lake
#2 - Little Carp River Road/Superior/Mirror Lake/Lily Pond
I am also adding a picture below that has backcountry backpacking info that might help you out.
Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions!
@Nathan1 Another thing - DON'T take the Cross Trail! It's in very bad condition, with almost the entire trail being muddy bog, with a good number of gullies you have to scramble up and down. You have to walk off-trail quite a bit to avoid shin-deep mud and water.
Wow, thank you so much for all of your help 😀. Just a couple quick questions: