Posts about Hiking, page 22 of 32.

Bear Mountain

Eastwards up Blind 35 towards Lake Independence

I've had some fond trips along Blind 35. The first visit was over four years ago, a quick walk along some of the logging roads to a single outcropping. Then, a few years later, I did a fairly thorough exploration on both sides of Clear Creek, finding numerous vistas and even a bear and her cub. Yet…

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  • Posted September 7, 2013
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Horseshoe Harbor

Back at the cobble beach

The road to Horseshoe Harbor felt ancient. Old rocky dirt was pressed hard as cement below my car's tires even though the route wound around several huge puddles that I dared not tackle head on. It was not like other Keweenaw roads, the bumpy and rutted Mandan Loop or the rough washed-out Smiths…

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  • Posted August 30, 2013
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Bare Bluff

Mount Houghton, just southwest of the parking area

Winter had been rough on the old Smith Fisheries Road. Well, to be honest, I don't think I have ever seen this road in great shape. Since my first visit to Montreal River in the summer of '08 every drive has been a treacherous one, lurching over huge ruts and praying at that ridiculous slope around…

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  • Posted August 25, 2013
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Mount Baldy of Eagle Harbor

Eagle Harbor far below Mount Baldy

The Keweenaw Ridge has plenty of interesting rises of conglomerate and basalt. The spine stretches from the Porcupine Mountains all the way past Copper Harbor with dozens of prominent mountains and bluffs, some remote and forested over, others easily accessible and well-known by locals and tourists.…

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  • Posted August 19, 2013
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Keweenaw Hike - East Bluff

No trespassing sign in the woods

Angry no trespassing signs shouted down on me from high in the trees. They were scattered through the woods, not in a solid line, and it was confusing to know where the actual property line was. The only thing that was obvious was that the wide, easy road leading from Keystone Bay was private while…

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  • Posted August 9, 2013
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Keweenaw Hike - Keystone Bay

Blocky rocks complicating the southern route

The noon sun hung high in the sky. I looked west, along the south shore of the Keweenaw, and mentally reviewed my status. All morning had been spent walking alongside Lake Superior, starting up near Horseshoe Harbor and curving around the eastern tip. I was near Keweenaw Point now, the farthest…

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  • Posted August 7, 2013
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Keweenaw Hike - High Rock Adventures

Narrow track leading down to the lake

Cool air issued out of the hole of the woods like the gentle yawn of a waiting giant. It was surprisingly tough to leave the open air of the shoreline, with Lake Superior's vastness sitting always to one side, and enter the closeness of the forest. I stepped away from the Keweenaw Rocket Range and…

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  • Posted August 5, 2013
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Keweenaw Hike - The North Shore

Early morning sky

Moonlight trickled down through bare branches and spilled out onto an overgrown track in the woods. It was a full moon that morning, or pretty close to one, and the sun had yet to rise in the eastern sky and brighten my passage. I wasn't too worried. Aside from a few deep mud puddles the road over…

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  • Posted August 3, 2013
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Bluffs of Diorite - American Gold Mine

Bare springtime trees below

The trees grew thick and undergrowth tangled along my confused route. I had come a long way from Wolf Lake Road - along clear and exposed rock bluffs, several two-tracks, and through managed hardwoods - and this last stretch on the ridge was the worst so far. There was supposed to be some open views…

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  • Posted July 14, 2013
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Diorite Bluffs - A Rocky Western Ridge

Managed pine forest stretching far away

Stretching west from the tiny town of Diorite is a jagged line of bluffs, swamps, and sandy flatlands. The bluffs are not terribly tall, rising less than two hundred feet up above the plains below, and promise few clear south-facing outcroppings. Pines cover the sandy sections of the plains near…

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  • Posted July 10, 2013
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