Buried within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a picturesque lighthouse known as Au Sable Lightstation. At the end of a 1.5-mile hike through the woods, this 144-year-old active lighthouse provides visitors with beautiful views of Lake Superior and a history of the area.
Hiking the Pictured Rocks – really hiking – is amazing. It is one of the trips that will stick with me forever. Two hundred foot cliffs, numerous waterfalls, lake shore as far as the eye can see and mountainous dunes.
It’s almost time for our 42.2 mile hike through Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. This will not be our most challenging hike but it will be our longest. We’ve taken many things into consideration planning this trip and thought it would be a good time to reflect.
Sheer rock cliffs, unruly waves, miles of forest and wild waterfalls. Who could say no to that? That’s the scenery you can expect to see when you hike the North Country Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. The trail follows, literally, along Lake Superior from Munising to Grand Marais and offers some spectacular views.
This year I’m finally seeing the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore how it was meant to be seen; by hiking. On our annual memorial day weekend trip, Steve and I hiked to Spray Falls, something we had never done before. After experiencing this hike, I couldn’t wait to get back out on the trails and see what other magnificent sights I could discover.
A campground can make or break a camping trip. Our preferred method of camping is something called dispersed camping where you pick a location in the middle of a forest, set up your tent and you’re good to go. There are no bathrooms, no water and certainly no showers.
Memorial Falls isn’t an impressive waterfall, especially compared to the nearby Munising Falls, but the winter gives it the chance to shine. This year in our annual mid-winter trip to Munsing, we had the opportunity to visit Memorial Falls and it’s twin falls once again. It was especially neat, at least for me, because our trip happened to co-inside with the Michigan Ice Festival where climbers from all over attempt to scale these massive ice formations.
Every year over Memorial Day weekend, Steve and I head up to the U.P for a camping kick off adventure. This year we invited some of our friends who had never before experienced Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. What better place to induct them in the beauty of the U.P than Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Kingston Lake State Forest Campground is one of the many campgrounds in the area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Although the campground is not the most scenic in the area, it still offers quite a lot of beauty and many things to do. There are 16 rustic campsites that are fairly isolated, depending on which one you’re at. The sites are first come, first serve and some can accommodate up to a 40 foot camper. The campground has vault toilets and a hand pump for water. Dogs are welcomed, which was great because we brought out seven month old beagle, Brisco, on his first camping trip.