Posts about Hiking, page 29 of 37.

Snowy Trudge to Echo Lake

Lots of traffic to Echo Lake

There's something to be said about a good ol' stumble-of-a-trudge, the type of hike when your legs begin to complain about bending properly and you refuse to stop for a break in the fear that your legs will rebel against you. When the weather and the terrain and the distance all conspire against…

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  • Posted March 4, 2013
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Ice and Rock at Presque Isle Park

Middle Island and Sugarloaf Mountain

Presque Isle is one of those delightful city parks with some neat and unique spots that I usually avoid on my adventures. While it is a bit removed from the hustle of Marquette, perched on the north shoulder far from the main byways, the sounds and smells of city still float through the park like an…

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  • Posted February 18, 2013
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Winter's Fog over Wewe Hills

Tracks leading to a tree-covered bluff

Ghostly fog crept over the dark road, repeatedly slowing me on my early morning drive. It was an uneasy reminder of a trip only a few months ago when my hike was cut short by a solid wall of mist on a bluff out by Irish Hollow Cemetery. Today's first adventure depended heavily on good visibility and…

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  • Posted February 13, 2013
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Bad Times on Lake Mine Hills

A steep, snow-covered climb

Mining ruins are not my normal hiking destinations. It's not that I don't find the old sites interesting or that I'm not drawn to the Copper Country's rich mining history, it's just that I find the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula more appealing. Well, that and ruins are more difficult to…

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  • Posted January 28, 2013
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Waterfalls that don't Exist

A disappointing jumble of rocks and small drops

Waterfalls were my first love in the Upper Peninsula. I'd walk miles and miles searching out little known drops deep in the woods, guided only by rumors and intuition. Most of these quests resulted in discovering an unnamed wonder far from the beaten path, even if it meant returning several times to…

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  • Posted January 18, 2013
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Mount Houghton in the Winter

Looking east along the Keweenaw shoreline

Near the southeastern end of the Keweenaw Ridge a series of named peaks rise up, one last push towards the sky before Lake Superior swallows up the land. Mount Horace Greeley is the highest point in Keweenaw County but is on private property, with an old Air Force base perched on its peak. Mt…

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  • Posted January 9, 2013
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Irish Hollow Cemetery

Aged sign for Irish Hollow Cemetery

Dense fog broken only by scattered showers made my early morning drive to Rockland a stressful journey. There was no stars or moon to break the darkness, only thick, cloying whiteness and occasional city street lights. It wasn't until I was within ten minutes of my destination that the sun began to…

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  • Posted December 26, 2012
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Abandoned Lighthouse of Fourteen Mile Point

The Abandoned Lighthouse of 14 Mile Point

On a small point of land north of Ontonagon, MI sits an abandoned lighthouse. Built in the 1890s to help guide traffic from Houghton to Ontonagon along the unmarked coast this lighthouse was in commission for over fifty years before it was snuffed out. In 1984 a fire consumed everything but the…

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  • Posted December 19, 2012
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Mount Homer and Mountain Lake

South along Mountain Lake

Forbidden land stretched out in front of me. I was within a mile of the Huron Mountain Club property, standing on an unnamed outcropping southeast of Burnt Mountain, looking north along the eastern guardians of Mountain Lake. For years I had been trying to see this huge lake within the Club's…

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  • Posted December 10, 2012
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Trap Hills near Cascade Creek

Hacking trail leading to the ridgeline away from t

The morning air was crisp enough to draw a shiver from me as I searched for a path. I had parked on the end of a forest road east of Old M-64 on a spring morning and wondered if my double shirt and jean jacket would be enough to protect me from the cold. Finding the sign that marked the start of the…

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  • Posted November 24, 2012
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