North Country Trail Association

Peter Wolfe Chapter

Section

M-64 in the Ottawa National Forest to Long Lake west of Craig Lake State Park

We like to think of the Peter Wolfe Chapter as one of the most remote sections of trail in the entire NCT. So if you want to experience solitude while on a beautiful hike, and view and walk along the highest cliff in the state of Michigan, this is the Chapter to visit. We have monthly hikes year-round to showcase our trail. We always welcome the public to join us to explore this awesome trail. The hikes are posted to our Facebook page, emailed to members and hikers, and posted on several outdoorsy Meetup pages in our area. We are always looking for help to maintain the Trail – taking the time to throw some branches off the Trail while you hike, helping on a special project, mowing or brush-hogging along the Trail, or joining a group of volunteers as they maintain the Trail. It’s all fun! Our annual General Membership meeting with a featured speaker is open to the public and takes place each spring to kick off our season. Please come join us on any or all of our fun activities!

 

Header photo by Kenny Wawsczyk, Canyon Falls on the PWC section

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Chapter Trail Section

The Peter Wolfe Chapter has over 100 miles of mostly forested trail stretching from M-64 in the west to east of US-41 at Long Lake near the Craig Lake State Park. Our section has about 90 miles of trail on the Ottawa National Forest (ONF), 12 miles on state land, and the remainder in private holdings. We are proud to have built three enclosed shelters for our hikers. This is remote country so be prepared! There are two towns with supplies, café and post office, both about a 4-mile hike off the Trail: Rockland near Victoria and Watton near Tibbets Falls. There are two larger communities as well: L’Anse, 10 miles off the Trail and Bergland, 7 miles off the Trail. In the western half of our section, you will encounter a number of breathtaking bluff overlooks in the Trap Hills where you see nothing but undisturbed forests and soaring birds, as far as the eye can see! (And imagine being there in the fall with the full color!) The Trail then passes through a restored mining village, Victoria, and you will see the ruins of an era gone by. You will then cross the mighty Baltimore and Ontonagon Rivers on huge expansion bridges and come into view of the O Kun de Kun Falls. Next will be a short spur to the popular Bob Lake, then on to the magnificent Silver Mountain area where a short climbing spur will take you to the top of a nearly 360-degree view of beautiful forests and birds of the sky. Then hike along the eastern edge of the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness. You can take a short steep spur into the gorge to experience a Wilderness Area as intended! (As if you were not already in one of the most remote sections of the entire NCT.) Leaving the ONF and entering the state lands you will find a more sandy expanse with rare swales, the Tibbets Falls on the Sturgeon River and Big Lake area where there is a waterfowl sanctuary teaming with birds of many kinds. Finally, walk up alongside the Sturgeon River and encounter the Grand Canyon of the UP, including Canyon Falls. The next few miles include a road walk, still awaiting acquisition to connect to the next Chapter’s segment of NCT.

Connect and Get Involved

Donate and join the Chapter
pwf@northcountrytrail.org
Facebook

Resources

Use the Report Trail Condition form to alert NCTA and the Chapter to poor trail conditions. Visit the Trail Alerts page while planning your adventure.

Suggested Hikes

M-64 in Trap Hills to Old Victoria Complex (Chapter segments 1-15)

Old Victoria Complex to Forest Highway 16 (Chapter segments 16-32)

Forest Highway 16 to Tibbets Falls Trailhead (Chapter segments 33-46)

Tibbets Falls Trailhead to Canyon Falls Trailhead (Chapter segments 47-58)

Chapter Maps and Guidance

View our section of the Trail on the interactive online map
Trail guide: M-64 in Trap Hills to Old Victoria Complex (Chapter segments 1-15)
Trail guide: Old Victoria Complex to Forest Highway 16 (Chapter segments 16-32)
Trail guide: Forest Highway 16 to Tibbets Falls Trailhead (Chapter segments 33-46)
Trail guide: Tibbets Falls Trailhead to Canyon Falls Trailhead (Chapter segments 47-58)

Additional Local Resources

Michigan DNR Baraga Office
Ottawa National Forest Kenton District
Ottawa National Forest Ontonagon District
Ottawa National Forest Supervisor’s Office
Trail Angels of the NCNST Facebook

Local Events.