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Pre-Planning, Pictured Rocks in Michigan UP.
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Andy Schill
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Pre-Planning, Pictured Rocks in Michigan UP. on 09/08/2011 14:22:44 MDT Print View


It seems I am going to be able to squeeze in an extended weekend trip (Arrive Thursday Morning, leave Sunday) in Pictured Rocks National Seashore in the beginning on October.

I've heard really great things about Fall in the Michigan UP.

- Whats the temperature and weather like for October?
- Are there any car ferrying services to either transport our car to the end or transport us to our car?
- What are the camp sites like? any particular place I should go to? or avoid?
- Based on my quick research, it looks like there is a main trail that runs the whole distance, or around 40 miles.

Sorry, I have just started researching it and have only read a few trip reports that I have found on Google. Any and all information would be very helpful.


rOg w
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Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
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Edited by rOg_w on 05/28/2012 15:02:27 MDT.

Andy Schill
(Aschill) - F
Thanks on 09/09/2011 08:05:05 MDT Print View

Thanks Rog,

Is the main trail that everyone takes just the North Country Trail?

I will look into the transportation.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Pictured Rocks on 09/09/2011 09:10:34 MDT Print View

Hi Andy,
There are two shuttle options. One is Altran, the public transportation Rog was referring to. The second is Trailspotters, a privately run service. You can find info for both online.

The North Country Trail runs the length of Pictured Rocks, with small side trails at various points to scenic waterfalls, shipwrecks, etc. Maps available online are all you need. It would be hard to get lost in this area.

Here is a link to some recent pictures. The area is well worth the trip.

Have fun,

Andy Schill
(Aschill) - F
Thanks Ike on 09/09/2011 10:54:35 MDT Print View

Thanks for the help Ike. I remember reading your report back when you posted it, I hope my trip ends up as well as yours.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Re: Pictured Rocks on 09/09/2011 14:50:48 MDT Print View

In regard to your other questions, I'd plan on daytime temps in the 40s to 60s, nighttime between 25-35F. Snow is possible.

You must register for and stay at specific campsites, but these are rustic and generally have well spaced sites. I would stay away from the ones that have drive-in camping available if possible (nicer amenities at these, but more people).

All have poles for bear bagging or lockers. Water and rustic privies are available at many. I don't think I had to purify water at all during that stretch of my trip.

Some allow fires and others (mosquito and chapel beach) don't. This info will be available when you register for specific sites.