Chapel Basin - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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The Chapel Basin - Mosquito Beach area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers several different hikes. This area includes two waterfalls, Mosquito Falls and Chapel Falls; Chapel Lake, two breathtaking beaches, as well as some of the most spectacular scenery in the park.
 
The trail between Chapel Beach and Mosquito Beach hugs the edge of the Pictured Rocks cliffs passing over several natural arches and coves. A park map chould be consulted before you hike in this area as there are multiple hiking options.
 
The trail head is located approxiately 5 miles down on Chapel Road. Chapel Road is accessed by taking County Road H-58 east from Munising for 13.9 miles and following the sign for Chapel Falls/Beach.
 
Pets are prohibited on all trails in the Chapel Basin area including the trail to the falls.
 
No matter what length, any hike is more fun if you are properly prepared. Always wear sturdy shoes. If you plan to be out an extended time, carry a snack and water, and let someone know where you are going and your
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expected time of return. Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Lake Superior modifies local weather and can change rapidly; be prepared for cool conditions and rain.
 
Sable Flies can be quite numerous during warm humid weather. Long pants, socks, and hiking shoes are recommended. Insect spray has does not effect these flies.
 
Practive Leave No Trace techniques. Please use toilets where provided; otherwise, bury waste 4-6 inches deep and cover. Thank you for carrying out your trash.
 

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The 1.3 mile trail from the Chapel parking lot to Chapel Falls runs along an old roadbed. The sixty foot high Chapel Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the park and this path offers several viewing opportunities. If you continue on this trail for another 1.8 miles (one way) you arrive at Chapel Rock. The round trip from the Chapel parking lot, walkling on the north/west side of Chapel Lake to Chapel Beach is a 6.2 miles.
 
The longer 9.6 mile Chapel loop begins at the parking lot, passes Chapel Falls, Chapel Rock, and then contines along the Pictured Rocks Cliffs to Mosquito River. The Lakeshore Trail passes Grand Portal Point and some of the most spectacular views in the park. The Mosquito Falls Trail connects with this trail, adding one mile to the hike.
 
 
Information courtesy of the National Park Service
 
- Trail Reviews -

 
August 6, 2013 - reviewed by Bryan Mielke
Truly amazing. Every turn is brings a vista better than the last. Chapel Beach was a great place to spend time. Bring lots of water and snacks. Good shoes a must.
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August 5, 2013 - reviewed by Anonymous
Breathtaking views -- Chapel Beach is beautiful and hardly anybody goes there!
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July 8, 2012 - reviewed by Anonymous
Gorgeous hike! Did it with ages 7-80 and everyone had a wonderful time! Make sure to wade into Lake Superior!
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August 26, 2012 - reviewed by David Garvin
A spiritual experience. Make sure you do the entire loop. Don't cheat yourself. It is also fairly challenging. Be sure to treat it with respect and practice before you go.
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June 5, 2012 - reviewed by Anonymous
Can you mountain bike to the beach?
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