Miners Castle Trail
Miners Castle Trailhead, Munising, MI, USA
Dawn until dusk, seasonal hours may apply.
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Miners Castle Trail visits an iconic rock formation on Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!
Families visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula can't leave before seeing Miners Castle in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (near Munising). In fact, you can see this famous rock formation from a viewing platform just off the parking lot. If you have time, see more of this stunning area by doing the immediate Miners Castle Trail, or another nearby hike in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (like Miners Falls!).
From the parking lot, hop over to the viewing platform to get the most expansive view of Miners Castle (one of the most famous landmarks in Michigan). There are a variety of informational boards in this area, as well, for you to learn more about this rock formation, local indigenous communities, and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As you look at this special rock formation, notice how green the waters of Lake Superior are here. It almost looks like the pristine waters of the Caribbean! The trail from the parking lot to the overlook is wheelchair accessible.
Afterward, head to the nearby out-and-back trail that leads you behind Miners Castle for a new perspective of the rock formation. While ranked as easy, this hike does involve steep areas and stairs. It is not suitable for strollers or those with mobility issues. It's about .5 miles from the parking lot and back. Those trekking here during the winter may appreciate having ice cleats with them.
Alternatively, those with more time can embark on the 2.8-mile, loop trail from the parking lot to the nearby sandy beach (definitely a great summer option!). This moderate hike is ideal for families with experienced hikers interested in taking in views of Lake Superior from the trail, and ending at a fun beach to dip toes in the water.
Those visiting in the winter should also prepare for possible road closures to certain areas of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Bathrooms are available right off the parking lot and open seasonally.