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McCormick Heights of Marquette

Sign for the North Country Trail split

My shoulders cried in relief after I shrugged off my backpack and dumped it into the car. Over the years I've tried to upgrade my gear, aiming for smaller and lighter, yet my pack still feels far too heavy. A new sleeping bag is probably up next, and then maybe a lighter mess kit. Anyways, I was…

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  • Posted October 21, 2014
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Cliffs of Freeman's Landing

Well-trod path to Wetmore Beach

Eyeing up the sign in front of me I continued forward to Wetmore Beach, snowshoes in hand. Apparently the state owns this land and visitors are required to have a recreational pass. I didn't have one. I also wasn't in my car where one would slap this sticker on. The road to Wetmore was buried in a…

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  • Posted March 29, 2014
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Migisy Bluff

The bald spur of Migisy Bluff

Migisy Bluff sits south of Marquette Mountain, a curving ridge that stretches from County Road 553 east to Harvey. There are several spurs of exposed rock that poke south along the length, the most prominent one sitting on the far east and promising excellent vistas of Lake Superior. Near the…

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  • Posted May 21, 2013
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Carp River and Marquette Mountain

Rounded bluff and tower on Mount Marquette

A warm spell was a welcome change from the freezing cold temperatures of the Upper Peninsula's winter. I had gone on a few hikes through the winter, most in subzero temperatures, and today's mild temperature were a pleasant reminder that spring was around the corner. Driving most of the way in the…

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  • Posted April 30, 2013
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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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Mount Mathew

Southern view towards The Sands

Mount Mathew is located just north of Three Lakes within a few miles of Marquette, Michigan. Less than a thousand feet in height, it is dwarfed in both stature and awareness by Sugarloaf and Hogback to the north. Even the Three Lakes area is only known by its closeness to the Dead River Falls…

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  • Posted April 2, 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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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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