Lake Superior posts, page 4 of 5.

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…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted February 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…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted January 9, 2013
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The Appalachian Trail Plan

A few years ago I was considering hiking around Lake Superior. It's been done now (Full Circle) by an elderly couple who took 145 days to hike the 1,555 miles in 2010. While it's still tempting to try this hike in the future a new target has come up that seems more feasible: the Appalachian…

  • Category Personal
  • Posted January 7, 2013
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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…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted December 19, 2012
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Breakfast Roll

Early morning sun over Ives Lake

It was so, so early in the morning. I watched sunrise try to seep over Ives Hill in the east but got impatient and headed downhill before the rays touched my chilly outcropping. There was a long hike in front of me and I didn't want to waste time, especially on a lazy sun. Most of this hike would be…

  • Category Hiking
  • Posted October 8, 2012
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Salmon Trout Bay

Setting sun over Salmon Trout Bay

As the Lake Superior shoreline stretches north from Big Bay two named features, Black Rock and Salmon Trout Point, make a bitter stand against the pounding waves. The shore here is mostly composed of straight, towering sandstone cliffs with the exception of these two basaltic outcroppings which…

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  • Posted September 20, 2012
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Dakota Farm

Old foundation from the abandoned bridg

Soft, cold rain drizzled down around me. I was attempting to cross Lower Silver River Falls, a waterfall near Skanee, MI that I've visited at least a dozen times (and even proposed to Katie at). The river was higher than normal and the rocks were wet-slick, making a crossing tricky and dangerous.…

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  • Posted August 30, 2012
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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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Huron Mountain View

Fiery sunrise over Lake Superior

A bright pink-orange glow lit up the side of my tent early in the morning. I jumped out of the sleeping bag and my breath was taken away by the fiery view over Lake Superior. Caught in Wisconsin traffic on my drive up last night, I had climbed Raven's Nest near Little Huron River late at night…

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  • Posted October 28, 2010
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