Round-trip: 14 km
Location: Munising, MI
This route follows the Grand Portal point which is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This hike is great for long views of the Pictured Rocks cliffs and the tropical blue of the Lake Superior water.
From Munising, Michigan drive southeast on County Road 58 E for 13 miles (21km) then turn left onto Chapel Drive. Keep an eye on the signs for Grand Portal Point. After 4 miles (6.4km) turn right onto Chapel Road and stay on Chapel Road for 2.5 miles (4km) until you reach the parking area.
From the parking area follow the signs to head to Mosquito Beach. Once you reach the beach follow it to the right and find the Lakeshore Trail and follow it as you climb up onto the Au Train Formation. The edges are dangerous here, don’t be tempted to get too close. Be sure to take in the views to the southwest from Indian Head and shortly after that the views to the east from Grand Portal Point. At about the 5km mark, the trail starts heading down to Chapel Beach. Be sure to check out Chapel Rock then take the trail going south that is part of the Chapel Loop and hike the 5km back to the parking lot.