Hi there!

 

So as the name indicates, Sable Falls Trail will lead you to one of the many waterfalls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!

 

Sable Falls waterfalls and sable beach. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. Lake Superior beaches agate stones. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

 

While the trail is relatively short in distance, it does require a little bit of effort. There’s a bunch of stairs!

 

Sable Falls Trail hiking trail difficulty to waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail hiking trail difficulty to waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And the waterfalls aren’t the only thing that this trail will take you to!

If you keep following the trail past the waterfalls, the trail will also lead you to a classic Lake Superior beach!

What’s a classic Lake Superior beach?!

A rocky beach with colorful rocks!

 

Sable Falls beach Lake Superior. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls agate beach. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

These types of Lake Superior beaches typically make for the perfect spot to look for special agate stones. 

 

Sable Falls Trail to beach to look for Lake Superior agate rocks. Pictured Rocks, UP. Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to beach to look for Lake Superior agate rocks. Pictured Rocks, UP. Michigan travel blog
This sign explaining agate stones was posted at Muskallonge Lake State Park which is also located on Lake Superior shores.

 

But in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, you can only LOOK for agate stones, and not collect them or take them home, as you’re not supposed to take rocks from Lake Superior shoreline that’s a part of the national lakeshore (aka part of the National Park Service area).

 

And once you are finished with the waterfall trail, there’s even the Grand Sable Dunes Trail you can take nearby that will lead you to sand dunes that overlook Lake Superior. 

 

Sable Falls Trail to grand sable sand dunes. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best sand dunes in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

Backpacking the North Country Trail

Backpacking the North Country Trail near Sable Falls Trail. Pictured Rocks, UP. Michigan travel blog

 

The North Country Trail is a national scenic trail that extends for 4,600 miles across many states from the midwest to the east coast. It also goes through Pictured Rocks for around 40 miles, and there are backcountry campsites along the way. If you’re backpacking the North Country Trail through Pictured Rocks, the NCT goes by part of the Sable Falls Trail.

 

Backpacking the North Country Trail near Sable Falls Trail. Pictured Rocks, UP. Michigan travel blog

 

You can see Sable Falls and the Sable Beach with a short detour off the North Country Trail.

 

 

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Now…

PHOTOS of Sable Falls Trail

So Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has the town of Grand Marais on one side to the east and Munising on the other side to the west.

Sable Falls is on the Grand Marais side.

Your destination for google maps can be Sable Falls or Sable Falls Trail parking. It will be best if you have offline google maps downloaded before your UP trip, as data is spotty in the Upper Peninsula. GPS generally works.

When driving from Grand Marais (which is also the direction you’ll be coming from if you’re coming from the popular Tahquamenon Falls State Park), you’ll see signs for Sable Falls shortly after you enter the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park. 

 

Getting to Sable Falls Trail in Pictured Rocks. driving from Grand Marais. UP Michigan travel blog

Getting to Sable Falls Trail in Pictured Rocks. driving from Grand Marais. UP Michigan travel blog

Getting to Sable Falls Trail in Pictured Rocks. driving from Grand Marais. UP Michigan travel blog

Getting to Sable Falls Trail in Pictured Rocks. driving from Grand Marais. UP Michigan travel blog

 

The signs will lead you to the Sable Falls trailhead parking lot. (And Sable Falls Trail bathroom that’s at the parking lot. ;))

 

Getting to Sable Falls Trail parking lot in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Getting to Sable Falls Trail parking lot in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail bathrooms, toilet, near trailhead parking lot in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And from the parking lot, you’ll start the trail. The trail is well-marked so you won’t have any trouble with getting lost.

 

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

You’ll soon start taking the stairs down, getting your first glimpse of Lake Superior through the trees.

 

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail hiking to waterfalls, lake superior overlook. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Then you’ll come across the first overlook for the waterfalls!

 

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

If there are a lot of people at the overlook, you can move on, as there’s another overlook just a bit further down that will give you some better views.

 

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk stairs hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

If you’re just here for the waterfalls, then at this point you can turn around and make your way back to the parking lot.

Otherwise, you can keep going towards Lake Superior!

 

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk hiking to waterfalls. forest waterfall hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

There’s another small overlook area for waterfalls along the way.

 

Sable Falls waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls river in Pictured Rocks. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail boardwalk to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Then you will soon start to see Lake Superior through the trees!

 

Sable Falls Trail to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to beach. forest waterfall beach hike in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And you have made it to Sable Beach and the Lake Superior shoreline!

Sable Falls beach in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

You may see people in the water, but in general, Lake Superior water temperature tends to be COLD. Possibly in the 50s. Lower 60s if you’re lucky!

 

Off to the left as you’re facing the lake, there’s a river of sorts. You can see where the waterfall river empties out into Lake Superior!

You can make this stream crossing to get to the other side. You’ll either want to be wearing footwear that you don’t mind getting wet (like water shoes or hiking sandals), or there’s also a part where you can carefully climb across the dead trees to get to the other side.

 

Sable Falls waterfalls river to Lake Superior beach in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls river to Lake Superior beach in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls river to Lake Superior beach in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach to see grand sable sand dunes in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach to see grand sable sand dunes in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls waterfalls river to Lake Superior beach in Pictured Rocks. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And you can search for rocks on the Lake Superior shoreline!

 

Sable Falls beach to look for agate stones in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach to look for agate stones in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach to look for agate stones in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls beach to look for agate stones in Pictured Rocks. Best Lake Superior beaches in Upper Peninsula. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And once you’re done taking in Lake Superior, you can take the trail back the way you came!

If you’re up for it, also check out the Grand Sable Dunes Trail for more Lake Superior views! Look for the sign to the Grand Sable Dunes on your way back.

 

Sable Falls Trail to Grand Sable sand dunes trail. UP Michigan travel blog

Sable Falls Trail to Grand Sable sand dunes trail. UP Michigan travel blog

 

And that’s a bit of how you can spend a part of your day in Pictured Rocks on the Grand Marais side!

 

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And if visiting Sable Beach with colorful rocks sounds good to you, then you just might love also visiting the Keweenaw Peninsula (also in the UP) where you can find beaches with a bunch of red rocks!

 

HAPPY HIKING SABLE FALLS TRAIL TO SEE WATERFALLS AND A LAKE SUPERIOR AGATE BEACH!

 

Sable Falls waterfalls and sable falls beach. Best things to do in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Grand Marais. Best waterfalls in Upper Peninsula. Lake Superior beaches agate stones. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

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