Huron Mountain Range

Stretching in a long, lazy swoop from Marquette to L'Anse along the Lake Superior shoreline, the Huron Mountains are a rugged chain of worn mountains dating back billions of years. Containing deep lakes, fresh springs, old growth, and few roads, this area is one of the most pristine wildernesses left in Michigan.

Imposing south face of Bald Mountain

The Hill of Ericks Road

A muddy little side track

Roads that lead east from Big Erick's tend to lose their name. Sure, there is Ford and the Northwestern, two roads that are difficult to define as they twist and fork over rocky and pitted ground. There's one road that I've always called Erick's, the one that leads past Bald Mountain and along the…

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  • Posted June 12, 2014
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Spring Visit to Sugarloaf

Split at the trailhead

It's been a few years since I climbed Sugarloaf Mountain. The area is one of those spots I tend to skirt around, with marked trails and frequent visitors, even though the views of the Marquette shoreline are very impressive. This evening seemed like a good time to stop by. It was late enough to…

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  • Posted May 12, 2014
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Around Echo Lake

Sign for Echo Lake

My Saturn Ion shot through the late-summer woods along a narrow two-track. The road to Echo Lake Nature Preserve, a walk that had taken my tired legs hours to walk last winter, was an easy drive for my little sedan. There were a few mud puddles, a few splashes to cake the sides of the car, and then…

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  • Posted December 6, 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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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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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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Hills of Harlow Lake

South from the first outcropping

An unseasonable warm gripped the Marquette area. I stepped out of my car in short sleeves and looked around curiously at the snow drifts piled up against the woods. I was parked just north of Sugarloaf Mountain at an old gravel pit. There were no signs marking anything special here but I was one of…

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  • Posted March 29, 2013
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