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Whenever I see lists showing the best places in the world to view fall foliage, I always let out a big pshaw or a dissatisfied guffaw every time any list does not include Michigan and particularly the Upper Peninsula. I have hiked several times in the Porcupine Mountains during Columbus Day and the experience always inspires awe. I found Pictured Rocks fall foliage to be just as impressive.

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage as I entered the park on the road

Michigan and UP is where it is at for fall foliage

I decided this autumn to opt for a different adventure as tempting as it is to return to my old haunts. This year I selected Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This location is a little closer to Chicago as it is straight north of Green Bay.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Getting started at Pictured Rocks Au Sable Visitor’s Center

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

It was a good choice as the colors were just as spectacular as the Porcupine Mountains. The featured scenery in Pictured Rocks is the cliffs along Lake Superior and the fall colors blazed orange and red above these cliffs. The park is more than just the cliffs though and further inland there are lakes, streams, and impressive forests.

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

I hiked the entire length of the North Country National Scenic Trail through the park, which is approximately 42 miles. It was definitely one of the highlights of the year and this photo essay highlights the amazing fall colors I encountered.

North Country Trail

Enjoying the colors right from the get go on the North Country Trail

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

For a stretch near the lake, the North Country Trail follows the road

Grand Sable Lake Picture Rocks

Grand Sable Lake

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Grand Sable Lake

Au Sable Light Station Pictured Rocks

Au Sable Light Station from the Logslide in Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Fall foliage along the North Country Trail

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

One yellow and one red tree among a stand of pine trees

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

About 15 miles down the trail the beautiful cliffs come into play

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Spray Falls Pictured Rocks

The only thing more beautiful than a waterfall is one topped with fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

One great way to view Pictured Rocks is from the cruise boats

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Enchanted forest in Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks fall foliage is beautiful when you look straight up too

Munising scenic view

Checking out Grand Island and looking back at Pictured Rocks from a scenic view in Munising

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Beautiful tree at the end of the trail at Munising Falls parking lot

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

Pictured Rocks Sand Point

Pictured Rocks fall foliage

The trip begins in the car and ends with Pictured Rocks fall foliage seen through the windshield

Adventure on!

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