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Black Rock Point

North from the point

Familiar green woods pressed around me. I was on my way out to Black Rock Point, a place north of Big Bay that I had visited several times before. A few discussions with a fellow hiker, Joel, had sparked my interest in the cliff base here. It was late in the evening and the sun had less than an hour…

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  • Posted October 9, 2013
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Thomas Rock of Big Bay

Friendly sign outlining the paths

A few short miles south of Big Bay is an exposed overlook with a great view of Lake Independence and Superior beyond. Once an off-road destination for ATVs and people willing to walk in from County Road 510, Gobbler's Knob was purchased by the Thomas Family a few years ago and underwent a major…

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  • Posted October 3, 2013
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Brushy Creek Ridge

Sun speckling over Brushy Creek Falls

Water dripped off my soaked jeans onto the bare rock. Jim sat next to me, relatively dry, and we chatted about programming. We had just crossed the Yellow Dog River below the last waterfall, at Brushy Creek Falls, through two very deep feet of water. Jim had a decent pair of quick-drying pants that…

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  • Posted September 27, 2013
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Ascending Ives Hill

Muddy, graded track north of the Northwestern

Damp sand gave easily under my insistent footsteps. The logging track was smooth from a recent grading, a soft and even surface that hid years of ruts and potholes underneath. I envied the tires that got to enjoy such a road. Only loggers and the guards of the Huron Mountain Club were allowed to…

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  • Posted September 25, 2013
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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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