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Old 04-02-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: here and there midwest
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A couple of my friends and I are heading up there to do some backpacking, I have heard the Porkies are beautiful but can get busy in the state park, any one know areas that are less traveled in the state park or in/around that area? note, we would sacrifice a few scenic overlooks for some peace and quiet
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Pictured Rocks area?
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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The Porkies will probably be less crowded the deeper in them you get, and depending on when you go. I hear there are cabins scattered throughout that you can stay in for free if they are not taken...first come..first serve. It is definitely a beautiful area! The Pictured Rocks area would be awesome too...good luck!
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: At the end of the road, where the trail begins.
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You say you and your buddy plan on backpacking through in the Porkies and Pictured Rocks.

You won't have any problems with it being busy once you get away from the roads. I would guess that 90% of the visitors never get any further then 100 yards from the roads/parking areas. Of the remaining 10%, most of them probably never get any further then 1,000 yards away from the above.

We have three young kids so we are only day hikers for now, but no matter where we go we rarely see other people. In five years of hiking up here, our last outing at the end of October was very surprising in that we saw eight other people on the trails. Never have we seen that many in one hike before.
Then again we prefer the more remote places. The above hike was the McCormick Tract Wilderness Area.

Good luck!

Edit: I would also recommend Craig Lake State Park in addition to the Porkies, Pictured Rocks, and McCormick.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Marquette, MI
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how about Isle Royal?
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Old 04-08-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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hey thanks, their webpage says craigs lake "is the most remote state park in the system" .. haha sounds like my kinda place

and at joemits, yes isle royal is somewhere i plan on visiting when I have more time, it looks great!
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:07 PM
 
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Just got back from backpacking the Porkies. It is an amazing place. I would suggest it to anyone. The following links take you to where I begin to recount the experience.

[url=http://discoveringthefocalpoint.blogspot.com/2011/08/long-awaited-trip-backpacking-porcupine.html]Discovering the Focal Point: A Long Awaited Trip: Backpacking the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park[/url]

[url=http://discoveringthefocalpoint.blogspot.com/2011/08/hiking-from-lake-of-clouds.html]Discovering the Focal Point: Hiking from The Lake of the Clouds[/url]
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Are there National Forest lands beyond the State Park boundary? (further southwest).
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Are there National Forest lands beyond the State Park boundary? (further southwest).
Ottawa National Forest Map

there is some amazing beauty in this area that would take forever to explore.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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I have done short backpacking trips in the Porkies, at Pictured Rocks, and have done day hikes in many areas northwest of Marquette. I went to school in Marquette in the early 2000s, and try to return to Marquette every year. At the very least I hike Sugarloaf Mountain. Brings back memories.

I also worked at the Sylvania wilderness area near Watersmeet one summer.
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