Lantern-lit ski and snowshoe hikes offered in UP

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula

Published On: Dec 29 2012 04:16:30 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 29 2012 02:11:12 PM EST
SILVER CITY, Mich. -

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula is offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by lantern light.

Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a one-mile trail on Saturday at the park located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers while snowshoers make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop.

Visitors are welcome to stop halfway around the loop at the warming shelter and join the park naturalist for a campfire and refreshments. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the ski trail is rated "easy," but skiing and snowshoeing is challenging.

The trail is located off M-107 across from the downhill ski area.

The event also will be held in January and February.