Campsite on the East side of the ridge is a great spot.
After my initially planned long hike was stopped short at Summit Peak because of the blood-drawing flies, I sought a respite on the escarpment above Lake of the Clouds. Maybe a blessing in disguise. Hiking along the escarpment was great! Someday in cooler weather I look forward to exploring the rest of the wonderful Porkies.
What a place! A cold front and 30 mph winds cleared the bugs and made the Lake of the Clouds a jewel. And cleared out the flies! Started at Government Peak trail and went west along the Escarpment, then looped east to Government Peak and came back via a spectacular river. 14 miles of smiles.
never been to the porkies in spring before :)
spent three days tramping around and enjoying life...
done the escarpment many times, and during all seasons...the scenery up there is amazing!
And once before in late August of 2004. Both times on a backpacking loop. Heading east then turning south to hit Government.
Quoted from my trip journal at samh.net/backpacking:
Mark and Sam took a four day weekend and did a great – albeit rainy – loop within the confines of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park located on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our trip route was as follows: N. Mirror Lake Trail, Little Carp River Trail, Lake Superior Trail and Big Carp River Trail.