Hike, run, ATV, or ski, the Porcupine Mountains have trails for every kind of adventurer, and the world is taking notice.
Nike composed a list of the top ten places in the world to take a run, and the U.P.â??s very own Porkies topped the list at number one.
The recently viral list was compiled by Nike in 2011 and drew attention to the easiness of the trails, particularly around Lake of the Clouds.
â??Itâ??s an honor for sure to be listed with such elite locations like Singapore, Greece, Italy, but probably more importantly, it brings some recognition to the quality of the trails and the resources that we have in this area,â?? said Porcupine Mountain park interpreter, Bob Wild.
With over 90 miles of hiking trails and 42 kilometers of Nordic ski trails, the Porkies have something for everyone, all times of the year. All thatâ??s needed to gain access to the trails is a recreational passport tag on your license plate.
â??Thereâ??s a lot of winter recreation, from skiing and snowshoeing, snowmobiling, camping and backpacking in the spring and summer,â?? Wild said. â??Weâ??re here in the fall time of year; thereâ??s a lot of hunters in the area as well. Thereâ??s a lot of backpackers getting out this weekend.â??
For people who may not be into roughing it in the wilderness or trail running or maybe if you have little kids that are unable to go out on difficult trails, the trails are easy to walk on. There are also plenty of scenic outlook points that are even handicap accessible.
So, whether itâ??s running, camping, or hunting, the Porcupine Mountains are showing the world the U.P. is the place for adventuring.
â??Here in the western Upper Peninsula, weâ??ve got some topography, some terrain that most places in the Midwest donâ??t have,â?? Wild said. â??So, Michigan truly is the trail state, and the trails that we have here really are second to none.â??
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