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If you’re planning a trip to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, then one of the stops you’ll want to make will be to see the lake known as the Lake of the Clouds. 

This is one of the famous images of the Porcupine Mountains.

There’s an overlook where you can get great scenic views of the Lake of the Clouds and the Porcupine Mountains.

 

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

It’s a pretty short trail from the parking lot that will take you to the overlook.

 

Lake of the Clouds overlook in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

Hiking the Escarpment Trail from Lake of the Clouds overlook

Lake of the Clouds to Escarpment Trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

 

The Escarpment Trail is one of the best hikes in the Porcupine Mountains. It’s an out-and-back hike, and one of the spots that you can start the trail is from the Lake of the Clouds overlook. 

 

 

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Now…

PHOTOS!

And getting there

Once you get to the entry point of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, make your first stop the visitor center. Here you can pick up a map of the park. When I went, there was a map inside the newspaper, so be sure to pick that up.

You can find Lake of the Clouds on google maps to get you there. You’ll want to download offline google maps before you leave home since data in the UP can be spotty. GPS usually works.

You’ll be driving past Lake Superior’s Union Bay to get the Lake of the Clouds parking lot. There’s a bathroom at the Lake of the Clouds trailhead.

 

Driving to Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Driving to Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Driving to Lake of the Clouds parking lot in the Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds parking lot bathroom in the Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

Trail to Lake of the Clouds overlook

From the parking lot, you can find the start of the trail.

 

Lake of the Clouds trail start location. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail start location. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail start location. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

So there are 2 paths you can walk to get to different overlooks. These overlooks are near one another. Both walks are either paved trails or boardwalk trails.

 

Trail to Lake of the Clouds overlook directions. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Trail going STRAIGHT…

 

Hiking trail to Lake of the Clouds overlook directions. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Or trail going RIGHT…

 

Hiking trail to Lake of the Clouds overlook directions. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Which one to take?!

If you are here just to see the Lake of the Clouds (and you won’t be hiking), then it really doesn’t matter much. You can make it a loop to see both overlooks.

If you will only be going to one of the overlooks, the trail STRAIGHT is the slightly higher vantage point. To the RIGHT you will get better views of the cliff.

If you’ll be hiking the Escarpment Trail, then I would say take the trail to the RIGHT, not the trail that points straight in the direction of the Escarpment Trail. By going right, you can see the Lake of the Clouds from both overlooks (which will offer different viewpoints) without backtracking. The trail between the 2 overlooks isn’t that long, but it will save you a few steps!

So, pick a trail, and off you go to see the Lake of the Clouds! You will come to the overlook within 5 minutes or so.

 

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds trail to overlook. Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And once you’ve finished up taking in the views from the overlook, you can head back to the parking lot… or get started on the Escarpment Trail!

 

Lake of the Clouds to Escarpment Trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

Lake of the Clouds to Escarpment Trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit about what you can see at the Lake of the Clouds overlook!

 

See more great ways to spend your time in the Porcupine Mountains!

 

More ideas for the U.P.

 

Explore the Lower Peninsula too! 

 

HAPPY SEEING THE LAKE OF THE CLOUDS IN THE PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS!

 

Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Best things to do in Porkies. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

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