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Thu, Oct 10


Alger County

Pictured Rocks Backpacking - Fall Colors Trip

Pictured Rocks, located along the Lake Superior coastline of Michigan, is the first designated national lakeshore in the US and is one of only three national lakeshores in the country. In addition to the rocky cliffs, there are miles of beaches, woodlands and 100 miles of trails. PC: Lars Jensen

Pictured Rocks Backpacking - Fall Colors Trip
Pictured Rocks Backpacking - Fall Colors Trip

Time & Location

Oct 10, 2024, 6:00 AM – Oct 13, 2024, 7:00 PM

Alger County, Michigan, USA


About The Event

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America’s first National Lakeshore, is along the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. PRNL backcountry offers opportunities for solitude, inspiration, physical challenge, and renewal. The park includes 42 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) which runs through the length of the park, adjacent to Lake Superior.

Join us for a return trip to Pictured Rocks this fall to enjoy cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and a chance to view a magnificant color show along Lake Superior's shoreline! 

After arriving Thursday afternoon we will backpack approx. 3 miles to group campsite high above Lake Superior in a dense forest. On Friday we will hike approx. 13 miles along a section of the trail with spectacular views of the cliffs and Lake Superior. On Saturday we will hike approx. 8 miles along a low bluff running parallel to the sandy beachfront and winds in and out of the forest, with access to Lake Superior at the campsite that evening. Sunday we will hike approx. 3 miles back to the vehicle before driving home. Carpooling options are available based on the attendees locations and will be finalized before the event. 

Backpackers attending this event should have previous experience in the wilderness. Members are responsible for obtaining their own gear. A recommended gear/food/clothing list will be provided prior to the trip. Essential gear includes a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad/mattress, tent or shelter, cooking system with fuel, rain gear for you and your backpack, clothing suitable for hiking (we recommended not wearing cotton), trail runners, headlamp, food, water filtration device, bear-proof storage bag or container, and water. Other recommended gear: trekking poles, first aid kit, compass, bug repellent, 25-50' of high visibility paracord.

If you have never backpacked before this event is not designed for you. We suggest attending one of our Backpackers' boot camps. Contact us if you have a question concerning your readiness or equipment. Participants should be able to carry a load of up to 30 lbs. for up to 8 hours over multiple days.

Registration fee includes camping registration, park entrance fee, and fuel surcharge. 

Rental Gear

Rental is available for an extra fee and includes the following:

-Osprey Backpack

-River Country Products 1 or 2-person tent

-North Face, Eureka, or Kelty Sleeping bag

-Thermarest sleeping pad

-UL Pillow  (fleece pillowcase you can stuff your extra clothes into)

-Jetboil Flash backpacking stove w/fuel

-Sawyer water filter



-Trekking Poles

-Dry Bag for food storage


No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than 14 days from the date of the event. All other cancellations are subject to a 50% service fee. A refund will be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing, we will notify you when the refund has been issued. Additional information will be emailed to you after registering.

Leave No Trace:

We practice strong Leave No Trace ethics and are very in tune with preserving the areas we use. We are committed to supporting organizations that aid in these beliefs and practices.  Traveling with us insures that during your experience you will minimize the impact you leave on future generations.  We review LNT Principles at all of our Beginner Backpacking events, and we follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace on each of our events:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

We encourage everyone to enroll in the free course on the Leave No Trace website:


  • Admission

    This reservation is for 1 person. You must obtain your own gear or purchase a gear rental package separately. We will contact you with a list of required and recommended gear prior to the start of the trip.

  • Gear Rental

    This reservation is for 1-person gear rental. We will contact you with a list of additional required gear prior to the start of the trip. Client is responsible for contacting us to determine proper backpack size.

  • 3 Day Meal Package

    This package includes everything you will need for 4 days including breakfast bars/breakfast meal, protein/energy/meal replacement bars, jerky, nuts, lunch meals, dehydrated backpacking meals and desserts.




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