Michigan is an absolutely wonderful destination to put your pack on a do some extreme backpacking and camping. Of course Michigan is a tale of two different regions. Lower Michigan and Upper Michigan. But the gem of Michigan has to be Isle Royale National Park which isn’t even connected to the mainland. It’s an Island way up North. It’s actually closer to Canada. Some of the best backpacking can be accomplished no matter what region you choose. Just a few of the places to explore: The Porcupine Wilderness, Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Huron-Manistee National Forests, Hiawatha National Forest, and of course Isle Royale National Park.


Anytime is a great time to hike, camp, and backpack in Michigan. But the best time, is in the Fall. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has some of the best Fall Backpacking trips you can find in the Country. Places like Lake of the Clouds in the Porkupine Wilderness offers fall colors and views as far as the eye can see. Hike along Lake Superior in the or Lake Michigan in Lower Michigan. With two National Forest’s in the UP, and a huge National Forest in Lower Michigan, Fall will be your best time to embrace the colors of Michigan.

Of course, Winter has some advantages other States don’t. Winter brings a ton of backcountry Camping and Snowshoeing. Lot’s of Cabins to rent and Snowshoeing to these can be a blast. Plan and Prepare for some cold weather, but Winter can be a fun time to visit Michigan.

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In 2003 I completed a Thru-Hike on the Appalachian Trail. Since then I have over 12,000 miles underfoot and 20 years of backpacking, and camping experience. Certifications include WFA, WFR, LNT Trainer, and belong to AORE. Have been guiding backpacking trips for over 10 years. The outdoors has taught me one thing. Trusting the Trail! really does provide everything a person needs.

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