The Chapel Basin Loop Trail is just short of 10 miles but offers some of the most breathtaking scenery at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Encompassing endless vistas and a waterfall, the trail is perfect for a day hike or an overnight loop.
Beginning at the Chapel Road trailhead, follow the trail northeastward for 1.5 miles to Chapel Falls, which descends 60 feet into a steep valley as it meanders down to the serene Chapel Lake. The trail continues on for another 1.8 miles, slowly descending, to Chapel Rock – a very unique rock formation along Chapel Beach. The area contains a vault toilet and numerous camp sites along the shore.
Continue westward along the shore of Lake Superior for 4.7 miles, which contains an ascent to the bluffs of the lake. The trail offers many vistas to the east and west and can hug the cliff in some areas. Eventually, the trail begins to descend toward the Mosquito River.
From here, the Mosquito River Trail travels south to southeast to connect to the Chapel Road trailhead via a 1.9 mile trail. Following the Lake Superior trail to the other side of the Mosquito River is the Mosquito Falls Trail, which adds an additional 2.2 miles to the hike, but offers a spectacular view of Mosquito Falls.
- Location: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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- Length: 9.7 miles
- Difficulty: 2 – Moderate
- Condition: 1 – Good
- Scenery: 1 – Exceptional
- Hazards: Cliffs