The Pictured Rocks Backpacking & Kayak Trip is an absolutely amazing trip with spectacular views from both cliff tops and lake views of Pictured Rocks. We have put this pack list together so you can have a reference on what to bring.

*A fitted backpack than can 3 days worth of food. Lightweight no more than 35lbs


Osprey Women’s Aura 50 AG Pack
Osprey Men’s Exos 48 Pack
Granite Gear Crown V.C. 60 Pack
Hyperlite 3400 55Liter Pack

*Pack Cover (covers your backpack if it rains)

*Sleeping Bag – at least a 30-40 degree bag or quit / Temps during late August to first week of September can range from mid 70’s to high 40’s at night.


Big Agnes Buffalo Park 40 Sleeping Bag

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 700 Quilt

REI Co-op Men’s/Women’s Magma 30 Sleeping Bag

*Sleeping Pad  Suggestions: Make sure you sleeping pad is comfortable and keeps you warm at night. On this trip

*Tents  Suggestions: 

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent 

NEMO Equipment Dagger Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2 Person 

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Green 1 Person Ultralight Tent 2020 Version 

REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 Tent

REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent

*Headlamp (extra batteries as needed)

**Hiking Poles are encouraged 

*Good Hiking Boots or shoes with good traction (MUDDY AND WET CONDITIONS AT TIMES)

Water Sandals or lightweight footwear to wear in the Kayak. These will also be worn on the boat that your kayak launches from.

*Water filtration system (WE WILL BE GETTING ALL OUR WATER FROM CREEKS and Lake Superior)

*2 Liter Water Platy or equivalent water bottle system. We will be near water most of the time. Use the “dip and go” method to save some weight. We will be near water at each campsite

*First Aid Kit – primarily for blisters, burns, cuts, and aching muscles (SHOULD BE VERY LIGHTWEIGHT)



*Cooking Stove MSR Pocket Rocket or stove that uses Isobutane Fuel.

*Cooking Pot to boil water/ and eat in

*Drinking cup

*Lighter to light your camp stove


*Food Storage Bag  Pictured Rocks provides Bear Vaults to store your food. However, you will still need a food bag

All of these can be shared if you have a partner.

**CLOTHING: this does NOT include clothing for the trip home


Base Layer Short Sleeve wicking material.

Long sleeve shirt (merino wool is a good option  for cool nights) It can get very windy on the Lakeshore

Lightweight nylon Socks at least 2 pair

CAMPING or Sitting by the Fire

A mid-weight long sleeve shirt merino wool

Long sleeve Fleece for nights at camp

Rain Jacket or Wind Breaker (should be same thing)


Base Layer Short sleeve

Hiking socks at least 2 pair or good Keen Sandals

Hiking Pants that can zip into Shorts

Hat or Bandanna


(2) pair of socks

(2-3) pair of underwear

(1) pair of hiking pants (Pants that unzip into shorts would be ideal)

(3) shirts (1) Long sleeve (2) Short Sleeves

(1) pair of shorts *unless your pants unzip into shorts

(1) rain Jacket

(1) hat or bandanna

(1) sandals or lightweight shoes for camp

**Rain pants are optional. However plan in case it downpours and what you will hike in the rain in.


Miscellaneous Gear:

Compression sack for sleeping bag **Sea to Summit eVac Dry Sack Recommended

Compression sack for ALL clothing **Sea to Summit eVac Dry Sack Recommended

Food Bag **Sea to Summit Stuff Sack Recommended OR URSACK

Plastic Zip Lock Bags for Food and Garbage

Toilet paper – NO BABY WIPES

Camera and waterproof camera case (iPhones should be protected in case it rains)

small pad to sit on


This is normal car camping. We will provide dinner after our backpacking trip.

Shorts or bathing shorts to kayak in

Sun screen


sun glasses

dry shirt to change if other shirt get’s wet on kayak boat

Camp Chair (back at campsite)

Warm dry clothes (back at campsite)

personal items that you may need for camping

Sleeping attire, snacks,

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