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UP Hiking Regrets

Peshekee river, looking upstream

Since the summer of 2008 I've been exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It all started with waterfalls, the quest to find and document every waterfall within a hundred mile radius of our old house in Houghton. Once Katie and I moved to Wisconsin the adventures slowly changed, becoming more…

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  • Posted November 16, 2014
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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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Grand Camp of the McCormick

Morning light over White Deer Lake

Cool darkness was beginning to pale with morning light on the McCormick Tract. Slowly I rolled out of my sleeping bag, stretching and shivering slightly as I left its accumulated heat. Without dressing I headed out into the cool air, clad only in boxers and a cheap pair of old wet shoes, and headed…

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  • Posted October 5, 2014
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Around Bulldog Lake

Fall colors around the bridge to the McCormick

Crisp fall colors and scents poured out over the Peshekee and rushed around me as I stepped out of the car. Ah, yes. Everything was perfect today. The temperature was warm, edging close to eighty degrees. The sun shone down through a cloudless sky. And it was autumn over the McCormick Tract, the…

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  • Posted October 1, 2014
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The Acropolis of the Peshekee

Grass and swamp along the outflow of Dortay

My legs were sprawled out on a flat rock, a timid autumn sun slowly seeping into and drying off the wet patches the thick woods had left behind. There was no way to get completely dry - my boots were far too soaked through for that - but I held some hope that the damp clinging to my calves would…

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  • Posted October 28, 2013
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Lake Dortay of the McCormick Tract

Sunrise over White Deer Lake

Rain never came that night. Instead the sky cleared, letting the full moon's light and icy air cut through the forest like a sharp wintery knife. When I finally pulled myself from the lukewarm cocoon into the freezing predawn air I was greeted by a thin sheen of frost covering every surface in…

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  • Posted October 24, 2013
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The Fortress of White Deer Lake

Bridge to the McCormick Tract

The straps cut deep into my shoulders. I was carrying a very heavy pack, filled with food, warm clothes, and extra supplies, much more than my usual haul. This was no simple in-and-out camping trip. My destination was White Deer Lake of the McCormick Tract and cold temperatures and rain were in the…

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  • Posted October 22, 2013
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McCormick Tract

Trailhead sign for the trail

Located north of Champion, the McCormick Tract is a 16,850 acre wilderness in the Peshekee Grade. Originally owned by Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the reaping machine, the land was donated to the USDA Forest Service in 1967 and is now available for the public to enjoy. In July of 2009 I visited the…

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  • Posted July 28, 2009
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Yellow Dog River

Bulldog Falls in the McCormick Tract

The Yellow Dog River has recently gained media attention as one of the two waterways endangered by the proposed Eagle Project sulfide mine. This mine would be located on the Yellow Dog Plains near the headwaters of the Salmon Trout River and Yellow Dog River, potentially threatening two pristine…

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  • Posted June 8, 2009
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