Lake of the Clouds Overlook
|Photography by James Marvin Phelps|
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Lake of the Clouds Overlook, at the end of M-107, is one of the state's most famous views — and a great place for fall color. It looks down from a dramatic rocky ridge onto the Big Carp River Valley. From here the old-growth forests below seem like a distant green carpet. Scenic overlooks are near a parking lot, and they are now wheelchair-accessible. Expect a crowd of visitors here in summer and in fall color season. Come early to avoid crowds. (Stargazing from here is a popular park naturalist program; check at the visitor center for schedule.)
A shorter trail connecting a number of high scenic viewpoints is the OVERLOOK TRAIL, a 3 l/2-mile loop. It also starts at the Government Peak trailhead off M-107, five miles west of the main park entrance. Both trails would be wonderful fall color destinations.
If you're driving along M-107 to or from Lake of the Clouds, take the time to stop at MEAD MINE along M-107. Here you can enter about 100 feet of an old copper mine shaft. It's on the road's south side, just opposite the pleasant picnic area and historical marker on a hill overlooking Lake Superior. There's a good sunset view of Lake Superior from here.
Lake of the Clouds overlook is at the end of M-107, about 7 miles west of the park's Silver City entrance. Wheelchair-accessible.
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