The Lakeshore Trail is a 42.4-mile trek that stretches between Grand Marais and Munising. It is considered one of the most beautiful paths in all of Michigan. The landscape changes constantly and ranges from farm and marsh land to hardwood forests and shoreline ridges. The iconic trail features abandoned shipwrecks, fascinating lighthouses, stunning waterfalls, grand sand dunes, and, of course, the famous Pictured Rocks.
The name "Pictured Rocks" comes from the mineral stains that decorate the sandstone formations. The cliffs contain copper, iron, manganese, which make the stones so colorful and curious. Three geologic formations from various eras make up the Pictured Rocks. Note the numerous layers comprising the cliffs - scientifically, these are known as cross-beds and they are snapshots of the direction of river flow and sand dune formation over time. Europeans looked for minerals while actively exploring the area and the area around Log Slide was used to get fresh timber to the lake for transport. Please note: it is easy to hike down Log Slide, but because of the sand it can be quite difficult to get back up it!
Everything about the hike is epic in scale. Make sure you take your time at the many overlooks and soak in the views the way they deserve it. The lakeshore is home to many animals, including white-tailed deer, snowshoe hares, and ducks. Black bears also roam the area. While the trail is mostly level, it has a few steep climbs and descents - sometimes the terrain may be difficult for beginners.
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