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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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Lakes of Tilden Mine

Biking trail through the woods

Tilden Mine, for all its positive contributions to the Upper Peninsula's economy and history, looks like an oozing orange-and-grey wound gouged deep in the green hills of Ishpeming and Negaunee. Summit Mountain, Tilden Lake, and Palmer Lake are remembered only on old topographic maps, completely…

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  • Posted July 5, 2013
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The Hill on Indian Road

Late evening sun lighting up the higher rocks

Dying sunlight filtered lazily through the tall bare trees. A recent heavy rain had soaked the area, leaving the earth soft and giving, the air thick and cool. I trudged up a slope between deep eroded channels and peered ahead in search of my destination. The day was slipping away and I didn't have…

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  • Posted June 21, 2013
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A Hike Around Cliff Lake

Fresh spring snow in the woods

Snow plummeted from the sky. The large lake-formed flakes didn't swirl or drift like normal, like they were designed to do. They cut through the woods on a stiff breeze and tumbled onto the leaf-covered ground. At first the flakes melted quickly on the warm ground. Then, steadily, a thin white…

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  • Posted June 15, 2013
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Tokiahok Head on Mount Ida

Early morning snow on Mount Benison

A two-track led east and I followed. There was a much more ambitious route to my right that climbed rocky hills and pushed through thick woods, one that promised sweeping views of Cliff Lake and the eastern swamp, but I stuck to the track. Snow had been falling for the last few hours, soaking the…

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  • Posted June 12, 2013
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Highland Adventures at Toivola

Mist rising from snow and cold water

There's not a whole lot to the town of Toivola these days. Sure, it has a cool name (how much more 'Yooper' can you get than Toivola?). The access roads to Misery Bay and Agate Beach are here too, leading northwest from M-26. Other than that, there is little left to the once-thriving logging town…

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  • Posted June 1, 2013
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Waterfalls of East Huron River Gorge

East Branch Falls on Huron River

Once, on a very snowy spring afternoon, Faith and I followed the East Branch Huron River from Erick's Road all the way to Big Falls. The hike was a challenging one. Located in a deep gorge for most of the route, the river twists and turns suddenly and does not offer much in the way of a river bed to…

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  • Posted May 28, 2013
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Migisy Bluff

The bald spur of Migisy Bluff

Migisy Bluff sits south of Marquette Mountain, a curving ridge that stretches from County Road 553 east to Harvey. There are several spurs of exposed rock that poke south along the length, the most prominent one sitting on the far east and promising excellent vistas of Lake Superior. Near the…

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  • Posted May 21, 2013
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The Pup Creek Loop

Splashing sideways cascade

Big Pup and Little Pup Creek are two fairly typical creeks in the Huron Mountains. Little Pup, the smaller of the two, starts right above the hairpin curve on County Road 510 and is only a few miles in length. Big Pup Creek is much more ambitious, almost twice as long and stretching far west towards…

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  • Posted May 8, 2013
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Carp River and Marquette Mountain

Rounded bluff and tower on Mount Marquette

A warm spell was a welcome change from the freezing cold temperatures of the Upper Peninsula's winter. I had gone on a few hikes through the winter, most in subzero temperatures, and today's mild temperature were a pleasant reminder that spring was around the corner. Driving most of the way in the…

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  • Posted April 30, 2013
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