Sunday Aug 16 my wife and I set out for what was going to be a 3 night 4 day hike on the Lake Superior trail in Porcupine Mtns Wilderness. We left our car at the Presque Isle campground and had arranged a shuttle to the Lake of the clouds which is about a mile from the trail head. But since I hadn't seen the lake since I was a little tyke and my wife had never seen it we thought, whats one more mile? So we enjoyed the views then headed out to an admittedly late 3pm start. However it stays light quite late up there so there was no real rush. The first couple of miles the trail is quite rocky, like, roll your ankle rocky so it requires some attention, but it was beautiful none the less.
When we got down to the lake the first designated site was already taken and we figured we could press on even though we were tiring. The next site, tho free was not to our liking and we moved on to at last to a third site which was "just right", Goldilocks style. Our version of just right became less specific the more tired and hungry we got. So we set up shop, got in a swim (that was surprisingly warm for Lake Superior, to the point of being enjoyable) and had some dinner. We hung our stuff from the bear pole and hit the hammocks.
The next morning dawned a beautiful day and by the time we make and enjoy breakfast and get packed up its noon:30 but we're in no rush and enjoy relaxing. We hiked about 5 or 6 miles to Little Carp river camping area, that was a beautiful area. The river has some nice pools for swimming, and easy access for getting water, and the lake is right there too. As the evening wore on it became more and more apparent that we were going to get wet, and when it hit it did so with purpose. It was raining nearly sideways, but I had us battened down pretty well and we stayed snug and dry, unlike some neighbors who didn't bring a rain fly for their tent in an effort to save weight. It didn't rain ALL night but it rained a lot, but the wind was blowing a hurricane all night and all the next day, which made it easy to dry the tarps before packing up.
So the morning of the third day was really windy but not too damp, and back in the woods a little it was nearly dead calm, and thats where most the hike was so, it turned out to be a most pleasant walk again. However, when we got to the designated area for the last night it was a less than inspiring location, and although we could have legally done the stealth thing we decided to just hike the last 2 miles or so back to the car. So we cut it down to a 3 day 2 night hike and enjoyed every minute of it. The trail is well marked and quite beautiful, and I might add not too strenuous so its an all around winner, plus a bonus, virtually no flies, so who could ask for more.
Attached are a few of the sights along the trail. Enjoy.