The Escarpment Climber's Log

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Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Aug 28, 2022 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2022

The Great Escarpment  Sucess!

It was 10 years since I last did this hike, and I had forgotten the tough up-down trail as you head west from the Government Peak trailhead. I did remember the overlooks, which were as glorious as I remembered.

zacharydebruine - Jul 29, 2022 4:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2017

Michigan's most beautiful place  Sucess!

Hiked the escarpment ridge for several miles

wbenmeek - Sep 29, 2013 3:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2013

Done  Sucess!

Campsite on the East side of the ridge is a great spot.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Aug 1, 2013 4:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013

Did it  Sucess!



mountainhare - May 26, 2012 7:43 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2010

Fleeing from biting flies  Sucess!

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.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - May 25, 2012 4:36 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2012

Glorious  Sucess!

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.


stinkycheezman33 - May 24, 2009 3:34 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2009

just there this morning  Sucess!

never been to the porkies in spring before :)
spent three days tramping around and enjoying life...


stinkycheezman33 - May 14, 2009 9:54 am

Ahh...  Sucess!

done the escarpment many times, and during all seasons...the scenery up there is amazing!


woodsxc - Nov 14, 2008 3:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007

Backpack  Sucess!

And once before in late August of 2004. Both times on a backpacking loop. Heading east then turning south to hit Government.


samh - Nov 14, 2008 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2007

Rain and Sun  Sucess!

Quoted from my trip journal at

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.

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