Best Hiking in Upper Peninsula of Michigan | 7 Jaw-Dropping Trails + Map (Perfect for Photographers!)

Best Hiking in Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Get Ready for Jaw-Dropping Scenic Trails! | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Hey Hikers!

I've pulled together some fantastic hikes in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that range from very easy to challenging. These hikes are also perfect scenic fall hikes that show off the UP's brilliant colors!

The Best Part?

These Michigan hiking trails are super scenic, free and awesome for photography! Plus, I've noted how difficult they are, distances and photos!

With such a wide variety of both hiking trails, Michigan is a fantastic state for outdoor enthusiasts! 


From the forests, shores, islands and lakes, there are about 13,000 miles of Michigan hiking trails to explore, so gather your equipment and start your journey!

How to Use This Best Hiking in Upper Peninsula Map 

Grab this link to Best Hiking in Upper Peninsula Map in Google Maps so it's live on your phone as you drive.

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Let's dive right in...

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt" ~John Muir

Mosquito and Spectacle Falls Hiking Trail

Mosquito and Spectacle Falls Hiking TrailMosquito and Spectacle Falls Hiking Trail

This picturesque and challenging trail is approximately 3 miles round trip with exquisite views along the way.  

Things to know before you go:

  • This trail is strenuous with lots of steep hills, roots and climbing.
  • Trail is not recommended if you fall easily or do not have sure footing.
  • There is a porta john at the trail head (bring tp as there might not be any)
  • Bring snacks and at least 2 water bottles worth per person. More if you are hiking in higher temperatures
  • Bring bug spray
  • Wear hiking boots with great soles as the terrain is bumpy and can be muddy

Time Allotment: 3+ hours

This hike is also a spectacular scenic fall hike in the UP!

Log Slide Overlook (Seriously Wow Views!)

0.5 mile round trip with exquisite views of the dunes and shoreline.  This awesome hiking trail is access to the Log Slide Overlook, the Devil's Slide and the North Country Trail.

Things to know before you go:

  • This trail is on the dunes so it's sandy and can cause difficulty walking
  • There are porta johns

Time Allotment: 1+ hours depending on if you explore the North Country Trail.

Sable Falls Trail and Grand Sable Dunes Hike

Parking is in the visitors center where there are bathrooms.  There is also a porta john.

Hiking distances from the parking area:

  • 1.6 miles round trip to the Grand Sable Dunes
  • 2.4 miles round trip hike to the falls 
  • 2.8 miles to Lake Superior

This hike offers incredible river views along the way. The dune climb is breathtaking and absolutely worth it.

Things to know before you go:

  • The trail is pretty flat but there is a section in which you must climb down one steep log ladder with several stairs and then back up a longer log ladder to continue along the trail.
  • An option is to hike to the dunes (comes first along the trail) and then head back to your vehicle and drive to the very close Sable Falls parking lot if you are getting tired.
  • If hiking in the fall with cooler temps: the woods hike is nice and cool but you will get hot once you hike out onto the dunes if it is full sun.  Wear layers.

Tannery and Memorial Falls Hike

Read More About Tannery and Memorial Falls!

I didn't check the mileage but I'm guessing about .8 round trip of hilly hiking to reach these falls. 

Things to know before you go:

  • This trail has lots of steep hills and can be tiresome.
  • No porta johns 
  • Bring a water bottle. More if you are hiking in higher temperatures
  • Bring bug spray
  • Wear hiking boots with great soles as the terrain is bumpy


  • Option One: (See Map) Park on Nestor Street, the entrance to Memorial falls only has a small marking on the right side of Nestor Street.
  • Option  Two: (See Map) Park in the tiny lot on Washington off Munising Rd.

Time Allotment: 2 hours

Sand Point Marsh Trail (All Easy Boardwalk!)

Sand Point Marsh Trail, Upper Peninsula MichiganSand Point Marsh Trail, Upper Peninsula Michigan

The Sand Point Marsh Trail is one heck of a great place to walk and see wildlife.  It's a 0.5 mile loop that is all boardwalk. You can then walk the beach across the road!

Read more about this trail on our Pictured Rocks page!

Robert McQuisten Recreation Area

Robert McQuisten Recreation Area

Tahquamenon Falls Route: One of Our Favorite Michigan Hiking Trails

Tahquamenon Falls HikingTahquamenon Falls Hiking

Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Luce County, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

We are absolutely in love with hiking the trails at Tahquamenon Falls.  It's so adventurey, so...communing with nature. That's why it is one of our favorite Michigan hiking trails.

This intermediate trail is 5.8 miles long, but it is more than worth it. If the view of massive waterfalls enchants you, Tahquamenon State Park is a place you must visit. 

The main attraction is the Tahquamenon River and its beautiful waterfalls, which can be viewed either from the platform (if you love a good challenge) or from the bottom of the falls, where you can appreciate their magnificent beauty. 

Tahquamenon FallsTahquamenon Falls

Hiking is not the only thing you can do at the park; there are also other activities available to visitors, like camping, backpacking, canoeing, and fishing. Fun for everyone!

If you are looking for that perfect Instagrammable moment, visiting Tahquamenon Falls in the fall will give you the perfect landscape photo as the trees are bursting with color.

FYI: If you do not have the Michigan Recreational Passport, there is a small fee you have to pay upon entering the park. 

The Manistique Boardwalk and River Walk

Stay Hydrated as You Hike!

It's super important to stay hydrated as you hike.  Be sure to have plenty of water and a camelbak is a great way to keep your hands free!

Hiking in Cold or Rainy Weather?

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