Scenic View of vibrant fall colors from Summit Peak, Porcupine Mountains
Weekend Fall Color Chairlift Rides
Begin in October
Some of the best views of fall color in the Porcupine Mountains State Park are from the observation tower & deck at Summit Peak and from the Scenic Overlooks at Lake of the Clouds.
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.
(click on small pictures for a larger view)
Fall Color from Summit Peak of Porcupine Mountains State Park
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.
Here I'm holding a small sample of the colorful leaves Jo couldn't resist collecting.
See more pictures and information on Summit Peak Here
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.
Fall Color Views - Lake of the Clouds Overlook
These three pictures (above) were from the Lake of Clouds Scenic Overlook (see more Lake of the Clouds photos here)
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 yet to come closer to the lake and in the eastern portions of the park.
View from Lake of the Clouds
See our annual Fall Color Schedule & Report for the Porkies and the Western UP.
Porcupine Mountains - Fall Foliage Color (this page)
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.
Here's a link to a publication with more info on visiting the Porcupine Mountains - Porcupine Mountains Visitor.
Michigan Upper Peninsula
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Going east towards Marquette, Munising and Pictured Rocks . . . More waterfalls, hiking pages, and scenic attractions from Munising through Tehquamenon Falls to Sault Ste. Marie.
Going west towards Black River Scenic Area . . . waterfalls, hiking, camping, rock picking.
See our winter porkies page for maps, pictures and info on downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Porcupine Mountains.
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