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Written DirectionsThis 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
SceneryAlthough 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".
Drive EnjoymentThis 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.
Tourism OpportunitiesNo 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."
Motorcycle Road Additional infoI 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.
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.
Photo Gallery of UP's Northen Coast Tour on County Rd. H58 (4 Photos)
Interactive Views Along This Route