Chapel Rock and Beach

Chapel Rock and Beach, Munising: Address, Chapel Rock and Beach Reviews: 5/5

Chapel Rock and Beach
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Jen Solano d
11 contributions
Sep 2021
Please do not skip this location! It is beautiful. Take pictures at the overloook and then head on down to Chapel Beach. So pretty! The water is a gorgeous turquoise blue!
Written 27 September 2021
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MstqMI
Manistique1 116 contributions
Jun 2021
My husband & I saw Chapel Rock while on the Pictured Rocks Cruise. It was awesome- there's one lone tree growing out of the rock. You can still see the root stretching from the rock to land. At one time, a rock arch connected to the land but has since fallen off.
Written 16 June 2021
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Beorn M
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great hike if you want to get some miles in on varying terrain. The views are great but there were a lot of people. Bring bug spray and water.
Written 14 June 2021
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LittlePaint
Urbandale, IA663 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The 5 mile gravel road takes about a half hour to drive in an RV (each way). It's rough. It's rutted. It's potholed.

And then, there are only 2 RV parking spots likely occupied by smaller vehicles. And limited to about 30'.

Passenger vehicles are parked along one side of the road making it one lane for quite a long ways. My experience was that oncoming traffic doesn't want to make room to allow an RV to pass through.

The hike is great, but very crowded.
Written 12 November 2020
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LisaMNUSA
Minnesota708 contributions
Oct 2020
We got there around 10:30 am on a Thursday, the parking lot was full. we had to park along the road.
we generally choose trails less than 3 miles, this was our first time to do a 10 miles trail. The trail was easy, mostly flate. We took our time, took rest as needed. We skiped mosquitos falls, backed to our car around 5pm.
We saw chapel falls, chapel lake, chapel rock and beach. walked along the shoreline and in the woods. We are so glad we did it! we very enjoyed this trail. We were laughing it took us over 6 hours to walk the 10 miles.
Written 7 October 2020
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George o
Ann Arbor, MI73 contributions
Sep 2020
The 7 mile trek is absolutely worth it. Listen to the forest speak and the river rumble before your find the breathtaking Rock that seems to take you to the beginning of time. Then play with the falls, walk the beach, look for agates and hike to Mosquito Falls on your way back.
Who needs cameras - Just soak it in for ever.
Written 28 September 2020
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Mike
Cleveland, OH117 contributions
Sep 2020
Enjoyed the 3 mile hike to the beach from the parking lot with a quick stop at chapel falls along the way. The beach was beautiful and offered great views of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Chapel Rock at the end of this hike.
Written 25 September 2020
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jliakhova
Eden Prairie, MN12 contributions
Aug 2020
This is the most scenic part of the park, and it shows - parking is a challenge, we parked on the dirt road ~half a mile away from the trailhead. In order to see all the best bits, you need to do the whole 10 mile circular hike. It's mostly flat and SO worth it!
Written 22 September 2020
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SGS1260
Columbus, OH208 contributions
Sep 2020
So many people rave about this hike my expectations were high and the result was ok. This hike is good for people that 1. Love hiking, 2. Have extra time to spend on their trip for a full day experience, 3. Don't want to spend money on the boat trip, or 4. Want the spiritual experience of seeing the tree on Chapel rock up close, or the falls that can only be seen from the trail. Let me explain.

As many people mention, parking is extremely limited so you may end up parking along the narrow dirt road and hiking for a mile before hitting the entrance to the park. If you are driving a larger vehicle or camper, the road is not a fun experience. I don't recommend large campers attempt this at all.

The hike itself is fairly easy. The trail is well maintained where it can be due to terrain. There are a few areas where you need to be able to step up or down that require tricky footwork. Getting to the beach is another area where you needed to have some finesse to jump down to the area. A bigger problem is the mud on the trail that exists even if it has not rained for days. Dogs are not allowed or there is a $180 fine.

Our family started on the hike headed to the falls first. It was most crowded on this leg of the hike. From there, we headed to the tree, then the beach, along the coast, then back toward the parking lot through the forest. In total, it was 6 miles. There is an option to take a trail toward Mosquito Beach, adding another mile or so to the hike. I highly recommend bringing a snack or lunch for a picnic on the beach to get a little break before heading to the back side of the trail toward the parking lot. The only restrooms were at the beginning of the hike and on the back end of the trail.

While the forest is quite pretty, it can be mosquito and bug filled depending on the time of year you go. We went over Labor Day and had neither problem. Our family fit into the profile of having a full day to fill and enjoy hiking which is why we chose this adventure. We do not have young kids and I cannot see bringing them on this hike unless they too love hiking. It is a lot of walking through a forest, and as pretty as it is, you need to ask yourself if seeing miles of it is worth it to you The tree can more easily be seen from the Pictured Rocks boat tour so if that is your goal, spend the money to take the boat to see the tree and entire coastline. That said, we highly enjoyed the beach for a picnic and rest as the sand is incredible, the water is very clear and the view of the tree from below is a nice backdrop.

For some, this tree represents survival, and for those that have experienced trauma, hiking to the tree can be a spiritual experience not to be missed. Seeing the roots of the tree extending over to the land is quite amazing to see up close and draws those emotions. I highly recommend this hike to that group and the other 3 sets of groups explained above.
Written 8 September 2020
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la-la-land503
Indianapolis, IN57 contributions
Sep 2020
We decided to trek to Chapel Beach. It was a great hike--not too hard. You can start the hike in the parking lot. Just make sure you have an idea of which trip you want to take before you start because several options exist.

We've seen Chapel Rock twice from the Pictured Rocks Cruise Boat, so it was exciting to see it up close.

Chapel Beach is smaller than Miner's Beach, but it wasn't crowded when we were there, and my son was able to run/splash/have fun in his own little section. It's a perfect place to eat your snacks before you head back out.

Tips:
Start early in the morning. The parking lot fills up quickly.

We took the loop out, so we hiked back a different way. This trail was completely deserted and peaceful, so if you don't want to deal with the high traffic, choose this option.

Pets aren't allowed. If you want to hike the area with your pet, there are a few other options (such as Hiawatha National Forest).
Written 6 September 2020
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