Posts about Hiking, page 19 of 32.

Grand Portal Point

Tall cliffs on the return to Chapel Rock

Returning to Chapel Rock was a tedious venture. The sun had continued to rise, warming the woods and melting the snow, and the trail of mud, slush, and water made for a tiresome slog. I tried to remember the longer sections of snow from the walk out to strap on snowshoes for, just so I could walk a…

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  • Posted May 20, 2014
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Chapel Rock and Spray Falls

The sign for Chapel area hiking

Early morning slowly filtered through the winter-bare trees, bringing light and little warmth to the narrow dirt road. I was on Chapel Road, a two-track of Pictured Rocks, and it was still below freezing on this mid-April dawn. The road was plowed, a pleasant surprise to find, though there was…

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  • Posted May 14, 2014
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Spring Visit to Sugarloaf

Split at the trailhead

It's been a few years since I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain. The area is one of those spots I tend to skirt around, with marked trails and frequent visitors, even though the views of the Marquette shoreline are very impressive. This evening seemed like a good time to stop by. It was late enough to…

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  • Posted May 12, 2014
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Gold Mine Hills near Birch Creek

Bare sloppy woods and distant hills

Way back in the early years of Marquette's iron years there were other metals that people hunted for, silver and gold and more. There were traces of these precious materials found in creeks and veins throughout the Huron Mountains. One of the more promising finds was along Birch Creek. These…

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  • Posted May 8, 2014
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Saux Head Hill

Snowy Saux Head trail

Spring was arriving so slowly for much of the Upper Peninsula. I had started the day with a few short trips in the Peshekee Highlands and had been greeted with flurries and two feet of slush to slog through. Hoping to get a break in Ishpeming on the open trails of Al Quaal I found even more wet snow…

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  • Posted May 5, 2014
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Teal Lake Bluffs of Al Quaal

Bare pavement poking up along the trail

Teal Lake is one of those spots between Marquette and Houghton that has long grabbed at my attention. It helps that US-41 runs along the south shore for a good mile in Negaunee, offering even views of the dark waters and northern bluffs. Were there waterfalls flowing in or out of that highland lake?…

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  • Posted May 3, 2014
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Peshekee Overlook Trail

Snowy sign for the trailhead

After a tough hike up Mt Baldy I was torn about staying in the Peshekee today. On one hand I was in the area, close to the McCormick Wilderness and all those other good spots off the Grade. Yet the snow was deep and nasty. I decided to give it one more chance, one short nearby loop. If that was too…

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  • Posted May 2, 2014
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Mt Baldy of Michigamme

Red door on the roadside building

The first time I heard about a Mt Baldy in the Michigamme area was some three years back on a random web site. I was intrigued. The idea of a mountain near the reservoir seemed novel, as most of the hills are rolling and forested, and the chance of getting a good overlook of the town and basin was…

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  • Posted April 30, 2014
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Negaunee Caving Grounds

Houses of Negaunee

Iron played a strong role in the early days of Marquette County. People and businesses sprung up around the iron mines and, when the mines dried up, stayed. When Jackson Mine, the first mine to work the Marquette Range, set up camp on the shores of Teal Lake in the 1840s it didn't take long for the…

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  • Posted April 25, 2014
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Granite Point

Deep ruts in the snowy road

The narrow road weaved and bucked between piles of snow under the thick pines. I began to wonder just how far I'd have to drive along this county road. I was east of 550, in the narrow chunk of land between it and Lake Superior, and was surprised at just how windy and out-of-the-way this destination…

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  • Posted April 18, 2014
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