Where to Hike in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
For those looking to get away from it all, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an ideal destination.
No matter where you are in the U.P., natural beauty and undisturbed wilderness are never far away. To really explore everything this area of the state has to offer, lace up your boots and take a hike on one of these amazing trails.
- Houghton Waterfront Trail: This mostly paved trail offers spectacular views of a series of waterfront parks and connects to several miles of nature trails to explore.
- Iron Ore Heritage Trail: Explore 47 miles of scenic, wooded, multi-use trail crossing the Marquette Iron Range.
- Isle Royale Greenstone Ridge Trail: Explore Isle Royale National Park by foot on this 42-mile trail, which offers hikers a classic backpacking experience. Photo credit: Justin Sovich
- Mackinac Island Perimeter Loop: Walk the eight-mile perimeter of the island for great views of the Mackinac Bridge, scenic stops at Arch Rock and a British Landing site, as well as Native American history markers. Photo credit: Lisa Hall-Wilson
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Whether you’re looking for a short walk, 10-mile hike or something in between, this national lakeshore provides stunning backdrops, including waterfalls and lighthouses, for a perfect day hike. Photo credit: Rachel Kramer
- Porcupine Mountains Escarpment Trail: Don’t forget your camera as this short trail can either start or end at the picturesque Lake of the Clouds. Photo credit: Curtis Abert
- Tahquamenon River Trail: Hike the four miles between the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls for phenomenal views of one of Michigan’s most iconic natural landmarks. A quarter-mile trail from the parking lot and Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub to the Upper Falls is fully accessible for everyone to enjoy. Photo credit: Dawn Endico
Photo credit (featured image): Dawn Endico