by Doug Clark
(Grand Rapids, MI)
A couple years ago, my brothers and I took a hiking/camping trip up to Pictured Rocks in the upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I don't know how many people make a trip to this place on the lake, but if not many have, they should. I believe it would rank up there with many other National Parks for beautiful views.
We hiked the trails for 2 days. Much of the trail system runs right along the edge of the cliffs-literally. As the trail winds and follows the cliffs, you often make turns and as you come around the bend, the view to the other side is absolutely gorgeous.
High cliffs, waterfalls, beautiful green water. Standing on ground that you don't know if there is ground below you or not.
We didn't see a whole lot of wildlife, but did see signs of it being there - bear droppings. In terms of wildlife , what we did see were a whole lot of chipmunks and a deer that stared us down and did a lot of snorting before taking off.
The trails are very clearly marked and fairly easy to hike, with natural "rest areas" throughout. We look forward to going back some day to see the rocks from the water.
It's worth the trip!
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