Jacob's Favorite: Mulligan Plains

A remote, narrow valley tucked between the Dead River's Silver Lake Basin and Hoist Basin, Mulligan Plains will always be the epitome of Jacob's adventures. He first discovered it in the fall of 2008 while tracking down some waterfalls on Mulligan Creek and has since returned over a dozen times to continue exploring, or maybe just to keep up with an old friend.

North up Mulligan Plains

Wintertime at Rocking Chair Lakes

Distant bluff across a winter swamp

A few years had passed since I was last on Mulligan Plains. After all, as much as I enjoy wandering the wild valley sandwiched between lakes and highlands, there is only so much to see. I've visited Silver Lake Basin four times, the falls on Mulligan Creek three, camped on Rocking Chair Lakes twice,…

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  • Posted March 20, 2014
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The Cabin on Lake 8

Looking northeast up towards Lake 8

A welcome sun warmed my body after several nights of cold camping. I stood on the shore of the Dead River between Silver Lake and the Dead River Basin on the southern end of Mulligan Plains, looking northeast at my next hike. Even though I was near a major route to these basins with open grassland…

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  • Posted September 6, 2012
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Bob and Paul Lakes

Two-track ford on the Yellow Dog near the station

Standing on the shore of the Yellow Dog River I took a deep breath, letting the cool fall air fill my chest. This was a familiar spot, where a remote USGS station measured the river a few miles upstream from Pinnacle Falls. The two-track had taken me from the AAA road to here, the southern edge of…

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  • Posted July 6, 2012
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Return to Mulligan Cliffs

Up at one of the bluffs

The cliffs along the southeast wall of Mulligan Plains is one of the most rugged and tempting hikes I've found since I first viewed them in late 2008. Towering hundreds of feet above Mulligan Creek, often with sheer rock faces that are rare in the Upper Peninsula, they promise of awesome views of…

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  • Posted April 6, 2012
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The Numbered Lakes above Red Road

Looking south on Lake 8

Nestled north of Red Road and between Mulligan Plains and the Clark Creek Valley, the numbered lakes are perched almost 300' above within thick and wild highlands. Lake 8, 2, and 3 (going from west to east) are each around 10 acres in size with shorelines ranging from deep rocky outcroppings to…

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  • Posted May 15, 2011
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Hills Lakes

Sunrise over the Northern Rocking Chair Lake

I woke up early with the sunrise, still sore from yesterday's hiking. Dressing quickly, I rolled out of the tent and started a small fire. The coffee didn't take long to make and I was soon standing on the shore of the northern Rocking Chair Lake, watching the sunrise over the tall eastern hills and…

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  • Posted October 2, 2010
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Weekend on Mulligan Part C - Northern Cliffs

Foggy morning view of Mulligan Plains

After a full day of hiking yesterday at Deer Lake and Silver Lake Basin I slept in past the sunrise. When I finally woke up and made some breakfast I made the difficult decision to head home early. The original plan was to stay at Mulligan Plains for another full day, going on multiple hikes around…

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  • Posted August 30, 2010
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Weekend on Mulligan Part B - Silver Lake Basin

Uninviting upper Dead River landscape

The air felt uncomfortably hot as I walked down the trail, away from my campsite, in the early afternoon. My first Mulligan Plains hike seemed pretty easy, a simple trek around the Silver Lake Basin. There would be little bushwhacking with the lake levels still below normal from the burst of 2003. I…

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  • Posted August 27, 2010
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Cliffs of Mulligan Plains

The -15ºF air hit me like a brick wall as I stepped outside of my car at Mulligan Plains. Unaccustomed to the cold Upper Peninsula mornings I quickly covered my nose and mouth with a warm scarf before heading down the plowed two-track. The sun's early rays had only just begun showing over the…

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  • Posted June 27, 2010
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Katie and I at Mulligan

It's no secret - I really like Mulligan Plains. This remote section of Marquette County is off the beaten path and contains many hiking adventures, including waterfalls, cliffs, and lakes. So when Katie and I headed up north on a cool fall day before hunting season I made it a point to take her to…

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  • Posted December 16, 2009
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