This road starts on the east side of Munising and ends at Grand Marais. Just look for the signs for H58 and Picturred Rocks National Lakeshore. Same with the reverse, you cannot miss it
Although much of the road is just going through the woods, there are some scenic overlooks and one fairly short stretch runs right along the lake. You should take the side trip (12mi roundtrip) up to the Pictured Rocks overlook. You'll get great views of Lake Superior which according to the National Park Service is "the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes".
This is what makes this the best ride up in the UP (I hesitated to recommend it!). The last stretch was just completed about a year or so ago and the pavement is in great shape. There are some twisty parts and lots of sweepers. I was told that the road can get crowded, but I only saw about three cars and a dozen bikes. There was only one curve that had bits of gravel on it.
No gas stations and only one restaurant/bar that I passed. There are one or two "rest areas" with facilities. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is national park along the way (Pictured Rocks NPS website) - the NPS website describes the park as offering: "Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes."
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I took this ride toward the end of a weekday and found it almost empty. The ranger outside of Munising did say it can get crowded. My guess is if you go mid-week, that would be the best.
Both my sons and I rode around the Lake the weekend of 6/5/15 - 6/7/15. On Saturday we left Harbors Springs and did the Tunnel of Trees, crossed the Mackinaw Bridge, took Route 2 along the lake, then shot up 77 all the way to Grand Marais to the furthest east side of Pictured Rocks.
We rode H58 all the way through to Munising making stops along the way including Miner's Falls and Miner's Castle.
Miner's Falls was infested with mosquitoes so it was a quick snap of a picture and then hiked back the half mile to the parking lot. The road is gravel to Miner's Falls which didn't thrill us too much either. The falls are beautiful but if you don't want to ride on gravel or hike a mile round trip, pass on this part.
The road to Miner's Castle is paved and in good shape. The view is spectacular and worth the ride in.
Overall though, we all agreed H58 turned out to be the highlight of our 1,200 mile ride.
No, there are not the amenities that other routes have and quite frankly there shouldn't be on this ride. We had our fill of lakefront so not seeing much was somewhat refreshing. Just a nice winding 48 mile ride from one end to the other.
While many will disagree, the three of us enjoyed H58 more than the Tunnels of Trees we completed earlier in the day. Can't wait to ride it again.
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5 riders found this road review useful
September 17, 2012
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
A beautiful drive. The road is new and very smooth. There are many nice long, sweeping curves and a few hills. The forest is beautiful and the views of Lake Superior are breathtaking. I planned two hours for this ride and hurried through it in six. I couldn't help but stop and look. If you want to ride fast through twisties, Michigan is not your state. If you want to see beauty and ride some nice roads, Michigan is a must ride.
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3 riders found this road review useful
October 19, 2011
11 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
I did this road in August 2011 and was somewhat disappointed since it was only near the water in a couple of places. You can take side trips to the lookouts, etc. though. If you really want to see Pictured Rocks Seashore take the sightseeing boat out of Munising (very nice). Munsing has restaurants, bars, gas and hotels if needed. Gran Marais has a few.