I honestly didn’t think I would find a forest, seven hours from Chicago. But, as I stepped out of my car at the Porcupine Mountain Visitor Center, I took a deep breath of fresh air and knew this was exactly where I needed to be.
Positioned on the western edge of the upper peninsula in Michigan, Porcupine Mountain is an outdoor enthusiasts perfect escape when wanting to get out of the city and into nature.
Over three days, I hiked seventeen miles along the edge of Lake Superior, camping and immersing myself among the hemlock trees. Rain from the week before left the trails muddy and challenging, but made it a fun game of leap frog along the way. September’s mild day-time temperatures and cool evenings made it an excellent mid-west weekend outdoors.