Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Summit Peak Loop

This trip took place October 6th – 8th, 2007

My buddy Mark and I have been backpacking together for the past seven years or so and in 2007 we planned a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (c’mon up to da U.P., eh!).  The Upper Peninsula or UP as it’s commonly referred to is home to some nice wildland – particularly Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  We planned for a four day weekend and did a great – albeit rainy – loop within the confines of the park. 

Our trip route was:

  • N. Mirror Lake Trail
  • Little Carp River Trail
  • Lake Superior Trai
  • Big Carp River Trail

I was very pleased with how the photos Mark and I took that weekend turned out.  The fall colors and wet landscape came together for some very soft and pleasing imagery.  Following are a few of my favorites.  View the entire set within the pages of my Porcupine Mountains set on Flickr. 


Sam on a rock

Fall colors

Sun and water

Mark, Sam, jackasses

  • Mark Roberts

    Funny – I was just up there last week. Posting a trip report soon…

  • samh

    Mark, I subscribed to your blog a couple weeks ago so I look forward to the report.

  • Joe Newton

    My favourite time of year. No bugs, more colour, my birthday! Beautiful pictures Sam.

  • megan

    How many miles was the total trip? Where along the route did you setup camp?

    • http://samh.net/ Sam Haraldson

      Hi Megan, the route we hiked was 21 miles and we did it in three days. Our first camp was at Mirror Lake and the second was on Lake Superior.

      • megan

        Thanks for the information!