Ontonagon County High Point Trip Report

Summit Peak

Date: June 26, 2001
Author: Richard L. Carey

Ontonagon County is in the western part of the northern Michigan peninsula and has the second highest county high point in the state at 1958 feet. The peak is almost a drive-up with an easy trail the last half-mile to the top. Summit Peak is also the highest point in the Porcupine Mountains if you are into range high points.

From the town of Wakefield on route 2 take route 28 north which goes around the east end of Sunday Lake. Not far past the northeastern end of the lake take highway 519 heading north (left turn) to the Porcupine Mountains State Park. After about 16 miles and just before the Presque Isle Campground turn right at a junction onto the South Boundary Road. At 28.9 miles from route 2 turn left onto the Summit Peak Road. This is a fee area and there is a self-issue $4.00 day-use fee kiosk just past this junction. Drive up the road 1.9 miles to the parking area. It is an easy 1/2 mile walk on a good trail with a boardwalk and steps to the forty foot high lookout platform. The highest point appears to be in the forest maybe 50 feet south of the lookout platform.