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Fall Color Porcupine Mountains State Park,
South Shore of the Lake Superior Circle Tour

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Scenic View of vibrant fall colors from Summit Peak, Porcupine Mountains

Sept 24th News Alert: Fall color is now here in the Porcupine Mountains. Best time to catch fall colors in the Porkies is between now and the first week in October. Chairlift rides on weekends.

The Porkies cover 60,000 acres and is Michigan's largest state park. Within the park is a block of old-growth forest comprising almost 35,000 acres and considered by some to be the biggest and best stand of virgin Northern Hardwoods and Hemlock in North America. This forest makes for some particularly attractive color during the fall. Here you can get some of the best fall foliage pictures in the Upper Peninsula, in fact probably in the whole of Michigan.

  See our links to other Porcupine Mountains attractions at the bottom of this page.

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Fall Color from Summit Peak of Porcupine Mountains State Park

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Summit Peak Trail & Observation Deck

The Summit Peak trail head is reached from the South Boundary Road. The hiking trail to the observation tower on Summit Peak is a half-mile walk uphill with some rest benches along the way. I've seen motorized wheelchairs negotiate the trail, but unfortunately the last part of the trail is a boardwalk with some stairs so some on-foot travel is required to get to the top of the peak, as well as to climb the tower's stairs. There is an intermediate observation deck before you get to the top giving a nice view (see picture above) prior to reaching the peak. At 1958 feet elevation, it offers quite a panoramic view of the area.

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Here I'm holding a small sample of the colorful leaves Jo couldn't resist collecting.

 

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Some views from the top of the tower at Summit Peak

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More Fall Color in the Porkies

Fall color along the South Boundary Road of the park.

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Tim Zheng of Milwaukee, Wisconsin caught some great fall color at the Porkies in the first week of October. Some great photos Tim. Thanks for sending these four to us.

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These three pictures (above) were from the Lake of Clouds Scenic Overlook.

Piorcupine Mountains Fall Color

 

Here's a shot from the Summit Peak tower I took on October 2, 2013. Peak color had arrived in some parts of the Porkies, mainly higher elevations away from the lake. But peak color was still to come closer to the lake and in the eastern portions of the park.

See our annual Fall Color Schedule & Report for the Porkies and the Western UP.

Porcupine Mountain Links

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More Porcupine Mountains State Park Resources

  Michigan DNR Porcupine Mountain State Park Website
  Porcupine Mountains Visitors Bureau
  Friends of the Porkies Website
  Porcupine Mountain Ski Area Website
  Porcupine Mountain Music Festival Website

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red triangle Here's a full map you can print out showing the campsites, back-country rustic cabins, hiking trails, waterfalls, and other points of interest within Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

red triangle Here's a link to a publication with more info on visiting the Porcupine Mountains - Porcupine Mountains Visitor.

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