The Porcupine Mountain Wilderness is always one of our most popular backpacking trips. Due to some permit and backcountry changes at the park, we had to make changes to our trip this year, including limiting the number of people and increasing the fee to obtain permits ahead of time.
This is a moderate to advanced trip. As we get more leaders to sign up, we can open up the trip to additional people and post separate trips for the regular route (Lake Superior to Big Carp River trail) and an easier alternative as well.
This particular trip is rated moderate to advanced so read carefully and make sure you can hike the requisite number of miles. If you do not feel confident, sign up for one of the other trips that will be posted.
Friday, we will backcountry camp at the regular Lake of the Clouds group site. If you cannot meet with us on Friday, meet us at the trailhead on Saturday morning. Saturday, we will park our cars at the midpoint of the Escarpment trail along M-107 and hike between 12-14 miles via Escarpment, Government Peak, and Correction Line Trails to the Big Carp River trail and pick a site along the BC. On Sunday we will finish up the BC River Trail and the rest of the Escarpment (between 9-11 miles depending where we camp Sat night), recover cars, and drive to get food and beer.
Please note that while I and others in the group will try to look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety and anyone that you bring. Please don't go unless you're confident of your (and this includes those you bring) abilities to go and have adequate gear for backpacking conditions and inclement weather. This is a wilderness area and bad things can happen.
Everybody attending is responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. Don't sign up if you haven't done backpacking before. I will ask people to not come if I'm not confident of their abilities.
We all enjoy campfires, but please make sure all fire is completely out if you are the last one to leave it. I promote leave no trace, so carry out what you carry in.
If you have a dog and would like to bring it, find out if that’s acceptable with the park and bring it along. However, please let me know if you are bringing a dog.
We will finalize numbers the week before, and figure out driving arrangements.
Cost for this trip is $14, which includes a $5 Meet-up fee and backcountry permit fee for Friday and Saturday night. No refunds will be offered. We will pick up permits on Friday upon arrival and possibly Saturday morning if we do not make the visitor center before it closes on Friday.
Individuals are responsible for splitting gas within their own car pools. A park admission pass is required for each car parking at the Lake of the Clouds parking lot. (If you park on M-107 and walk in, you can avoid the fee).