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Fri, Jun 14


Alger County

Pictured Rocks Backpacking (June 2024)

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.

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Pictured Rocks Backpacking (June 2024)
Pictured Rocks Backpacking (June 2024)

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2024, 6:00 AM – Jun 17, 2024, 6:00 PM

Alger County, Michigan, USA


About The Event

Event Disclaimer

This event is suitable for anyone in Class 2 or 3. All levels of experience are welcome. Visit this page for an explanation of how we classify events.

Our guides are here to assist you if needed. Still, with multiple clients and safety in mind, If you are thinking about attending this event, we ask that you have a basic understanding of hiking and the outdoors and have the strength to carry a pack of up to 40 pounds in weight for up to 8 hours. Additionally, spending time outdoors affects everyone physically, spiritually, and emotionally differently. We know the outdoors helps people "heal" differently, but we ask that you consider that when registering for such outdoor excursions.

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 solitude, inspiration, physical challenge, and renewal opportunities. The park includes 42 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT), which runs through the park's length and is adjacent to Lake Superior.

After arriving Friday afternoon, we will backpack approx. 3 miles to group campsite high above Lake Superior in a dense forest. On Saturday, we will hike approx. 13 miles along a section of the trail with spectacular views of the cliffs and Lake Superior. On Sunday, 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. On Monday, we will hike approx. 3 miles back to the vehicle before driving home. Carpooling options are available based on the attendee's 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 gear. A recommended gear/food/clothing list will be provided before 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 includes trekking poles, a first aid kit, a compass, bug repellent, and a 25-50' high visibility paracord. 

If you have never backpacked, 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 Package:

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


  • Cancellations over 30 days from the event date will receive a 50% refund.
  • No refunds for cancellations made less than 30 days before the event exist.
  • We can not transfer your admission fee to another event or issue you a credit toward a future event.
  • If you can find someone to take your place, we can transfer your admission fee to another client ONE TIME only. If they cancel, they will not receive a refund for any portion of what the original client has already paid.
  • Please allow 5-7 business days for processing; we will notify you when the refund has been issued.
  • MEAL PACKAGE CANCELLATIONS: No refunds for meal package cancellations made less than 14 days before the event will be issued. A full refund will be issued for all meal package cancellations made more than 14 days before the start of the event.

True North Expeditions, Inc. reserves the right to substitute the events listed in the description above due to inclement weather, availability, or other uncontrollable events. After registering, you will receive additional information via email.

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 ensures 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:

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