Summit Peak Observation TowerLake Superior), you're so high above the treetops of the forest, here in the park's interior, that you feel you're floating above an undulating sea of green — or of fall color.
|The Summit Peak tower looks out on unfolding vistas of old-growth forest, with views as far as the Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill near Ironwood and even the Apostle Islands on a clear day|
Come on a clear day (many are somewhat hazy) and you can see all the way to Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, over 25 miles away. A panoramic sign points you to landmarks like the Copper Peak Ski Flying Hill and stacks of the former White Pine Mine. The shady half-mile trail up to the tower is pretty; the view towards sunset is especially striking. If you aren't in shape, you could huff and puff here.
For a little more of a hike to Summit Peak, you can go out and back along the BEAVER CREEK TRAIL from the Summit Peak parking lot, about a mile each way. Or you could make a 2 1/2-mile loop from the tower to MIRROR LAKE. Ask at the Visitor Center for directions.
Midway on the South Boundary Road, 20 minutes from either end of the park, the asphalt Summit Peak Rd. goes two miles north to the parking area. Wheelchair access: no.
Return to Porcupine Mountains State Park
POINTS OF INTEREST
Along the North Country Trail. Not the Porkies' most scenic trail, but its most remote. Connects to Black River waterfalls, Trap Hills, and Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area beyond the state park. ... more