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Return to Bald Mountain

First view of Bald Mountain

Three years had passed since I last climbed Bald Mountain, the last significant outcropping of the Western Huron Mountains. My first visit was a significant milestone for me, as it was the first non-waterfall hike I attempted in the Upper Peninsula. This initial climb triggered a long and lasting…

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  • Posted March 10, 2012
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Dead River Falls

Early morning sun on the new trail marker

The sun had barely reason on this brisk fall morning when I stepped out of my car. I debated throwing on a fleece under my worn-thin jean jacket but decided that a quick-paced hike would keep me warm enough. Today would be started off with a visit to the familiar Dead River Falls, which had been…

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  • Posted March 5, 2012
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Blind 35 Hills - South Side

South, across Blind 35, to my morning hike

Sleeping in through the cloudy sunrise, I woke up on a rocky outcropping west of Big Bay. I had spent the previous evening hiking around some of the hills on the north side of Blind 35, finding plenty of western views towards Ives Hill and even a limited shot of the Keweenaw Peninsula to the north.…

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  • Posted February 7, 2012
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Blind 35 Hills - North Side

Looking east along a steep outcropping

West from Big Bay is the Huron Mountain Club, stretching over some of the most pristine land in the Upper Peninsula. An old, abandoned road stretches out towards the club, surrounded by tall, forested hills, before suddenly ending at the property line for the Club. These hills are cut in half…

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  • Posted February 2, 2012
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The Ives Exploratory Trip

Sunset over Ives Lake

This exploration turned into the best camping experience I've had in the Upper Peninsula. When I started the hike I was only interested in doing some exploring around Mount Ives area, a large chunk of land I previously thought to be within Huron Mountain Club borders. What I found was a beautiful…

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  • Posted October 12, 2011
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Wetmore Hike Part D - Wetmore Pond

First view of Wetmore Pond from the grade

The wide path down Hogsback Mountain led me back to the railroad grade a short distance south of where I left it earlier. While the path continued ahead of me something of interest drew my attention to the right. The large, swampy Wetmore Pond stretched out to me along the railroad grade, luring me…

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  • Posted September 23, 2011
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Wetmore Hike Part C - Hogsback Mountain

Two bridges along the Harlow trail

The sound of crashing waves slowly died away as I headed inland away from Wetmore Beach. Taking the parking lot route out to County Road 550, I was unsure of how I would make it to Hogsback Mountain until I noticed a small two-track across the road from Wetmore's parking lot. It was marked as part…

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  • Posted September 20, 2011
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Wetmore Hike Part B - Wetmore Beach

Waves crashing on the rocky shoreline

After climbing Sugarloaf Mountain, just a few miles north of Marquette, I headed down the eastern flank towards Lake Superior. With Wetmore Beach to the north and Partridge Bay to the south I stepped out of the cold, soaked woods and was greeted by an amazing view of waves pounding against huge,…

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  • Posted September 15, 2011
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Wetmore Hike Part A - Sugarloaf Mountain

Looking north towards Wetmore Beach from Sugarloaf

Just a few miles north of Marquette is a small collection of interesting locations that I had ignored for far too long. Casting them to the bottom of my list as 'easy tourist' stops, I've driven past the Wetmore area to more appealing remote locations beyond Big Bay numerous times. I rolled into the…

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  • Posted September 12, 2011
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Lookout Mountain

Cloudy view from the poor rock pile

Emily and I had just finished a long hike along Norwich bluff which left us soaking wet, cold, and tired, but there was still several hours of light left in the day. We drove down the bumpy Victoria road east from Norwich Road to the start of the houses near Victoria Dam, parking at a small gravel…

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  • Posted August 25, 2011
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