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Peter Treiber
(peterbt) - M

Locale: A^2
Porcupine Mountains on 09/09/2012 22:51:18 MDT Print View

A couple years ago I got this crazy idea that I'd like to try backpacking, and somehow put my whole kit together scouring the forums here over one winter. Since then, I've been spending time in beautiful places in my own state that I had no idea even existed but a few seasons before. So... thanks!

I took the last two vacations days allotted for 2012 and sandwiched Labor Day Weekend between them to travel up to the Porkies with some fellow Michiganders that I'd met on the trails.

Not much to say, except that the hike was a perfect mix of escarpment, old-growth forest, Great Lake, and tumbling rivers!

Lake of the Clouds:
Lake of the Clouds

Big Carp River winding through old-growth hemlock:
Big Carp

Escarpment tree:
Escarpment tree

Little maple that could:
Little maple that could

Lunch spot:
Lunch spot

Big Carp ford:
Big Carp ford

Shining Cloud Falls:
Shining Cloud Falls

Campsite on Lake Superior:
Campsite on Lake Superior

Comrades on the beach:
Comrades on the beach

Sunset over Lake Superior:
Sunset over Lake Superior

Little Carp River:
Little Carp River

Good rock-hoppin' when chores were done at campsite along Little Carp:
Little Carp campsite

Dam on Lily Pond:
Dam on Lily Pond

Forgot to set the alarm:
We said 7

Born this way:
Tree love

-Pete

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: Porkies on 09/10/2012 18:46:47 MDT Print View

Pete,
Great report on a worthy destination. Thanks.
Ike

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Porcupine Mountains on 09/10/2012 18:50:20 MDT Print View

Pete, great stuff, thanks for sharing. What I love about these trip reports is discovering that there really are a LOT of great places to go backpacking in this country! And other countries!

Harrison Carpenter
(carpenh) - M

Locale: St. Vrain River Valley
Da Porkies! on 09/10/2012 19:51:02 MDT Print View

Thanks so much for sharing this. I grew up in the Keweenaw, and got my first taste of backpacking in the Porkies. It's a place near and dear to my heart.

I hope you had a pasty at Syl's while you were in Ontonagon!

J P
(jpovs) - F - M
Re: Porcupine Mountains on 09/10/2012 20:58:34 MDT Print View

Nice pictures Peter. I was up there the same weekend. Must of missed you. A lot of the creeks sure seemed low or non existing. Couldn't have asked for better weather and nicer people.

Edited by jpovs on 09/10/2012 21:05:32 MDT.

Michael L
(mpl_35) - MLife

Locale: The Palouse
Re: Re: Porcupine Mountains on 09/10/2012 23:54:06 MDT Print View

Peter,

Good trip report. I really like that you can find places all over the US to enjoy.