Posts about Hiking, page 16 of 31.

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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Under Bare Bluff

Bright sun over the trail

Morning sun shone bright over the trailhead to Bare Bluff. It was early, mere hours since the sunrise, yet there already was another vehicle sitting here. The chance I would run into these hikers was low. The first part of today's hike may be along the main trail but I had an ambitious side trek…

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  • Posted September 7, 2014
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Estivant Pines

Sign for the sanctuary

The roads south of Copper Harbor were eerily familiar in the early morning light. There was a time, some years past, when I had drove the Mandan Loop in a failed attempt on High Rock Point. When I pulled off the Burma Road into the parking lot for Estivant Pines I wondered if I had passed by this…

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  • Posted September 4, 2014
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Sunrise over Hunter's Point

Darkness over the boardwalk

The long drive from Eagle Harbor to Copper Harbor helped calm my jittery nerves. After all, I had just bumped into a bear and dozens of bats in the pre-dawn forest above Copper Falls. Driving the winding, familiar M-28 under a dark morning sky was oddly soothing. By the time I pulled into the…

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  • Posted September 3, 2014
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Camping on Copper Falls Bluff

The blue shaft and bat cage

Cooling air swam around me as I trudged along the two-track, burdened by a full backpack of camping gear. The air felt good against my skin after the August heat of the day. I was walking a familiar path and soon saw the trademark blue shaft with bat cage on top. Today, though, I wouldn't be…

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  • Posted August 29, 2014
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