A gleaming body of turquoise water, this overlook is a terrific stop along the cliffs in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore — with coastal views stretching for miles. On a calm day you can see directly down into Lake Superior's rocky bottom and you can easily imagine the cliff collapsing at the base of the rock, creating this Grand Portal.
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How to get there
N46° 28' 42.8988"W86° 46' 13.1988"
This image looks out onto Lake Superior and the Grand Portal Point from the east side of Grand Portal Point. You can access the trail to get to this location at the Mosquito/Chapel Area.
From Munising, travel east on H-58 for about 11 miles. Turn left onto Chapel Drive (there will be gravel roads from here until you arrive at the trail head) just after passing through Melstrand. Signs will indicate the Mosquito/Chapel Area. Follow the signs for about 4 miles until you arrive at the Mosquito/Chapel trail head.
This view is 4-6 miles into the hike, depending on how you choose to hike it. There are several ways you can hike the loop, and this loop is closer to the Chapel Beach end.
To get to the spot where I took the photo, follow the GPS coordinates.
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