Guided Hikes and Activities

Interpretive programs and activities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park are held from mid-June through early October and from the end of December through February. For a detailed schedule or to get directions to program locations, stop by the Wilderness Visitor Center, park headquarters or either of the park campground offices.

Examples of programs commonly held:

Giants of the North

Meet at the Wilderness Visitor Center for this evening program about the Big Three of Michigan's northern forests -- the black bear, moose and gray wolf. 1 hour.

Nonesuch Hike

Join us on this hike to the long-abandoned Nonesuch town site for a glimpse into the everyday life in an 1880's wilderness copper mining community. Meet at Nonesuch corner on South Boundary Road. Allow 1.5 hours for this hike of moderate difficulty.

Summit Peak Hike

What better way to end your day than a sunset hike to the top of Summit Peak. Bring your camera as we will be going to one of the premier locations in the Porkies to view the setting sun. Meet at the Summit Peak parking area and bring a flashlight. Allow 1.5 hours for this medium to moderately difficult hike.

Aquatic Insect Hike

Bring your water shoes for this wet hike. We will explore the underwater world in the Union River, collect live insects using nets and identify what we caught before releasing the specimens back to the river. Nets will be provided. Meet at Union River interpretive trail for this 1-hour program.

Bear Den Hike

Have you ever stuck your head in a bear den? Here is your chance. Join us as we explore the life of Michigan's black bear and end up at an actual bear den site. Get directions on where to meet at the Wilderness Visitor Center. 1 hour.

Michigan Gray Wolf Hike

Are there wolves in the park? Where would they be and how did they get here? Learn all this and more as we discuss the natural history and current status of one of Michigan's most controversial animals. Meet at Government Peak parking area for this 1-hour hike.


Join us at the Lake of the Clouds observation area for a chance to look through our telescope at distant planets or galaxies. Learn some of the more notable summer constellations and also how to use a "star chart." If we're lucky, we may see some meteors or even the Northern Lights. Clear skies are required for this program which lasts 1-1.5 hours.


Do you geocache? Are you curious about this popular activity? Learn basic GPS use then go out and discover some hidden "caches." We can provide GPS's or bring your own for this 1-hour program.