Wetmore Landing to Little Presque Isle and back
Type of hike: There and back
Total miles: 3.2
Hiking difficulty: moderate (uneven footing)
Directions: From Marquette drive towards Big Bay on the Big Bay Rd. (Country Road 550) for a little less than 5 miles and turn right into the parking lot. There's additional parking on the left (this lot is more accessible in the winter). The parking lot is right after a guardrail and has a small turnout lane just before the lot.
This is one of my all time favorite hikes. It's the perfect blend of amazing scenery and views of Lake superior with a heavily wooded path.
I've done this hike a bunch of times in all four seasons and I'm still discovering beauty I haven't seen before.
After finding the parking lot (there is one outhouse available, so if you need to use the restroom, this is your chance), head down the path towards Lake Superior. Once you reach the stairs that lead down to the lake you'll see a sign depicting the hikes.
Follow the path to the left toward Little Presque Isle. This path will take you around the coast of Lake Superior and is well marked with blue markers.
The first part is pretty rocky, but keep going until you see a small detour. You can either continue straight, which will take you to Hidden Beach or keep left towards Little Presque.
This trail will take you up a large flight of stairs, which is the hardest part of the whole hike.
Then you'll continue on the path with amazing views of Lake Superior until you get another set of stairs going down.
This will take you closer to the coast and you'll continue on that until you reach Little Presque Isle.
Then you're ready turn around and head back.
I usually don't love there and back hikes, but there's something about this path that when returning it seems like a totally different trail.
Enjoy the views, the lake, the trail, and the beach.
This trail allows you to have a little bit of everything.