on August 18, 2011
Tucked along the shores of Lake Superior, the Porcupine Mountains are a hiker's treasure and a timid person's nightmare. As my husband and I were headed back from an 8-mile hike, a young woman asked how far it was to a lookout point. We told her not far, and she said, "But I suppose you have to watch your footing every step of the way?" Yes, ma'am, it's the wilderness, not Disney. The trails are rugged, but the scenery is beautiful. The hills are covered with old-growth stands of hemlock and sugar maple. There are a variety of camping options from backcountry campsites, cabins and yurts to modern electrical sites. While black bears are in the park, in four visits over twenty years I've never seen signs of them. I have seen bald eagles, grouse, deer, skunks and porcupines, however. The numerous streams and lakes hold smallmouth bass and brook trout. If you visit the Porkies, bring your hiking boots, camera and bug spray.
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