Hi there!

 

So Chapel Rock is one of the many great geological formations in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

See a tree growing on a rock! 

You can get pretty close to it.

 

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

Chapel Rock hike: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks day hikes hiking trails. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

 

 

You’re requested not to get too close though.

 

No climbing at Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

The geology of Chapel Rock

According to the National Park Service:

Chapel Rock is a remnant of Cambrian age sandstone that was carved by Lake Nipissing high water some 3800 years ago.

There once was an archway connecting the rock to the mainland.

The arch collapsed in the 1940s.

The lone white pine on Chapel Rock is estimated to be about 250 years old.

And according to a sign in Hiawatha National Forest, Lake Superior is said to be the “ancestral remains” of Lake Nipissing.

 

 

The way to see the Chapel Rock by foot

Chapel Rock is one of the highlights on Pictured Rocks boat tours, so it’s possible to see Chapel Rock by boat.

It’s also possible to see it by foot, and you will be able to get a bit closer to it compared to seeing it when you’re on a cruise.

Seeing Chapel Rock by foot will require a little bit of effort. There’s a hiking trail to get there.

It’s around 3 miles one way from the nearest parking lot.

 

Driving to Chapel Rock. Parking lot near Chapel Rock. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

So the hike to Chapel Rock will be around 6-7 miles round trip. 

But!

The hike doesn’t have to be JUST about Chapel Rock!

 

Beach near Chapel Rock. Waterfalls near Chapel Rock. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

You will be taking the Chapel Falls Trail to get to Chapel Rock. This means you can see waterfalls along the way!

 

Chapel Falls near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

Chapel Rock is also on Lake Superior which means you get stunning Lake Superior views!

 

Lake Superior near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And, right near Chapel Rock is Chapel Beach too.

 

Chapel Beach near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Chapel Beach near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And if you don’t mind hiking even further, this is also the direction you go to see THE famous Pictured Rocks cliffs by foot!

 

Pictured Rocks cliffs near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And if you want to spend an overnight in the area, there’s also the Chapel Beach backcountry campground that comes with Lake Superior views that’s also in the area. Reservations required.

 

Chapel Beach backcountry campground campsite near Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And so, you can consider a hike to Chapel Rock one of the best hikes in Pictured Rocks!

 

A little bit more below on what it’s like to hike to Chapel Rock!

 

 

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Now…

More PHOTOS of Chapel Rock!

The color of Lake Superior was amazing to see when I went! It was a clear day, and I was at Chapel Rock around 4pm in the middle of July.

The Chapel Rock trailhead is in the Chapel Mosquito area. So to get to Chapel Rock, for google maps, you can make the Chapel Basin parking lot your destination. Chapel Rock is also on google maps.

Once you’re in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park, you’ll look for signs to the Chapel Mosquito area.

 

Driving directions to Chapel Rock. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

This is a popular trail and the parking lot might be full when you go. If you see cars parked on the road before you even get to the parking lot, you can take your chances and drive all the way to the parking lot to see if anyone’s left recently, or if anyone will be leaving shortly. Otherwise, you might have to park a bit further from the parking lot and then walk a little extra just to get to the parking lot and trailhead.

 

Chapel Rock parking lot. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

So you’ll take the same trail to Chapel Falls. You’ll start the trail, pass by some waterfall overlooks, and then you’ll keep walking on the trail which will take you to Lake Superior and Chapel Rock!

 

Trail to Chapel Rock overlook. Hiking Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Chapel Rock with waterfalls. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Trail to Chapel Rock overlook. Hiking Pictured Rocks hike, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And then you’ll start to see Lake Superior…

 

Chapel Rock hike to Lake Superior. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

And then Chapel Rock! First you’ll see it from one overlook, and then you can walk a little bit down to see it from another angle!

 

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

Hike to Chapel Rock overlook. Pictured Rocks, UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit of what you’ll see with a hike to Chapel Rock!

 

See more of the best hiking in Pictured Rocks!

 

If you’re interested in Chapel Rock, you may also be interested in these Pictured Rocks activities:

 

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HAPPY HIKING TO CHAPEL ROCK!

 

Chapel Rock hike: Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pictured Rocks day hikes hiking trails. UP Upper Peninsula Michigan travel blog

 

 

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