ElevationAscent: 763' 232 m
Descent: -752' -229 m
High: 806' 246 m
Low: 612' 186 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A loop trail with amazing vistas along the cliff edges of Pictured Rocks.”— Jeff Menaker
For winter runners, the road to the trailhead is not plowed for 3.5 miles from the trailhead. Snowshoes or cross-country skis will be required. Expect to run it or inquire about a snowmobile shuttle in Munising. The eastern side of the loop is well traveled in the winter due to a popular ice climbing spot located about a mile from the Chapel Camp site. Beyond that, the trail may be under significant snow drift in the winter.
From Mosquito Beach to Chapel Beach, the majority of the route follows the North Country Trail along the cliff edges of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore overlooking Lake Superior. These sandstone cliffs are streaked with colors from mineral deposits. With the right lighting and moisture, the cliff edges show the vivid colors responsible for the name "Pictured Rocks." Numerous vistas can be found along the cliff edge overlooking the cliffs, the arches, and the rockfalls. From Chapel Beach, cross the creek to head up to Chapel Rock before following the creek back towards Chapel Falls and Chapel Lake (or continue along the lakeshore to Spray Falls about 1.6 mile farther (each way).
Once you're ready to head back to the trailhead, keep an eye out for the Chapel Rock Trail, which will lead back to the start of the loop.
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Land Manager: NPS - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore