Posts about Hiking, page 15 of 31.

Hidden Valley of South Mountain

Bright morning sun over the parking lot

During the first two weeks of September my family spent some time in Phoenix, AZ. By now Katie and I had decided we would be moving down here before the end of the year, a decision I was hesitant about at best, and there were some things we needed to get figured out about the area. What neighborhood…

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  • Posted November 19, 2014
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UP Hiking Regrets

Peshekee river, looking upstream

Since the summer of 2008 I've been exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It all started with waterfalls, the quest to find and document every waterfall within a hundred mile radius of our old house in Houghton. Once Katie and I moved to Wisconsin the adventures slowly changed, becoming more…

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  • Posted November 16, 2014
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McCormick Heights of Marquette

Sign for the North Country Trail split

My shoulders cried in relief after I shrugged off my backpack and dumped it into the car. Over the years I've tried to upgrade my gear, aiming for smaller and lighter, yet my pack still feels far too heavy. A new sleeping bag is probably up next, and then maybe a lighter mess kit. Anyways, I was…

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  • Posted October 21, 2014
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Little Presque Isle

Little Presque Isle

A cold wind swept off of Lake Superior and swept the trees around Kathleen and me. As the sand stung our eyes and the sound of crashing waves pounded our ears we exchanged an uncertain look. Little Presque Isle was not exactly an easy destination to reach, especially through a turbulent great…

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  • Posted October 18, 2014
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Grand Camp of the McCormick

Morning light over White Deer Lake

Cool darkness was beginning to pale with morning light on the McCormick Tract. Slowly I rolled out of my sleeping bag, stretching and shivering slightly as I left its accumulated heat. Without dressing I headed out into the cool air, clad only in boxers and a cheap pair of old wet shoes, and headed…

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  • Posted October 5, 2014
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Around Bulldog Lake

Fall colors around the bridge to the McCormick

Crisp fall colors and scents poured out over the Peshekee and rushed around me as I stepped out of the car. Ah, yes. Everything was perfect today. The temperature was warm, edging close to eighty degrees. The sun shone down through a cloudless sky. And it was autumn over the McCormick Tract, the…

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  • Posted October 1, 2014
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Ski Hill of Limestone Mountain

Limestone Mountain from Papin Road

Most of the mountains in the Upper Peninsula follow predictable ranges. There's the long Keweenaw Ridge that stretches from Copper Harbor southwest past Ontonagon, old Huron Mountains from Marquette to Alberta, and Gogebic and Escarpment out to the west. The majority of my hikes owe their geography…

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  • Posted September 26, 2014
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Mystery of Little Giant Falls

Dim light filtering down on the two-track

As my circle of waterfall exploration expanded away from Houghton over the years new thorns appeared on the horizon. At first the thorns, the more stubborn waterfalls that eluded documentation and trails, were still on familiar land. Madison Gap (or Eliza), Upper Sturgeon, Ravine River - at least I…

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  • Posted September 23, 2014
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Maple Ridge of Merriweather

Trailhead for the Gogebic Ridge

As the Keweenaw Ridge stretches south of Greenland and Rockland it begins to twist west meander around. By the time it passes Norwich there are multiple lines present. The northern ridge has plenty of great hiking destinations, like the Trap Hills and Cookout Mountain. The southern ridge is a bit…

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  • Posted September 18, 2014
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Beyond Fish Cove

First cove past Montreal Falls

A long year has passed by since I hiked around the tip of the Keweenaw, one of my most ambitious adventures to date. Not only was it a rather long hike (around twenty miles in length) but it took me to many locations I had never seen before. Horseshoe Harbor, Keweenaw Rocket Range, Schlatter Lake,…

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  • Posted September 14, 2014
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