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Hiawatha Highlands, ON (9-01-09) : Hiawatha Highlands Conservation Area on the north side of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is one of my favorite close hikes just north of the border.  It's not quite wilderness but it certainly lies on the edge of it!  If you walked due north from here you wouldn't cross another paved road for over 100 miles!  Interestingly, for all the times I had visited the waterfalls and the lake I had never taken any time to explore the trails wandering around the park.  That's what I was setting out to do this day...
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<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  1.5 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  74'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  920'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  1,050'

Hiawatha Highlands, ON (9-01-09)

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Hiawatha Highlands Conservation Area on the north side of Sault Ste. M ...

Updated: Sep 02, 2009 6:02am PST

Batchawana Mountain, Ontario (9-4-08) : Batchawana Mountain is, depending on your source, the 3rd, 4th, or 16th highest peak in Ontario. Taken from the Ojibwe word Badjiwanung meaning “water that bubbles up,” Batchawana is fairly unremarkable compared to the uncounted thousands of low, rocky peaks that make up the highlands of Algoma with two important exceptions. First is the peak’s relative proximity to an access road and second, perhaps more importantly, is the fact that it boasts a partially open summit. This provides Batchawana with outstanding views to the north, south, and west. 
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Batchawana Mountain rises from the north shore of Batchawana Bay about 45 minutes north of Sault Ste. Marie. The mountain is covered in forest dominated by northern hardwoods which, at this latitude, are beginning to give way to the great boreal woodlands of the north. The Sugar Maple is king of the forest here with a mix of conifers, yellow birch, and ash filling in where it is absent. The vegetation is also very thick. Hiking to the summit of Batchawana requires bushwhacking through thick stands of raspberry and other low shrubs which can be disorienting as well as frustrating. What, to me, makes Batchawana so unique is the thick mat of Juniper that clings to the steep western side of the summit. Likely the result of an ancient blow down, the tenacious junipers cling tightly together against the chilly winds off nearby Lake Superior. It really is a remarkable place…
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<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  3.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  56'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  1,200'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  2,142'

Batchawana Mountain, Ontario (9-4-08)

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Batchawana Mountain is, depending on your source, the 3rd, 4th, or 16t ...

Updated: Feb 19, 2009 9:09am PST

Gros Cap & Waterfalls, Algoma District, Ontario (6-1-08) : The Algoma District, a land of rocky hills and lakes north of Sault Sainte Marie, is quickly becoming one of my favorite day trip destinations.  Every time I visit I leave wanting more...it is such a diverse and beautiful area.  This day the family and I traveled north to do a bit of exploring.  Our first stop was at Kinsman Park in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  Within the park are two beautiful waterfalls, Minnehaha &amp; Crystal.  We than wandered our way an hour north along Lake Superior to beautiful Chippewa Falls and had some fun wandering around on the rocks.  From there we headed back south stopping by to hike stunning Gros Cap, a rocky headland that rises some 300' directly out of Lake Superior just 20 minutes west of the Soo.  Unfortunately, the Black Flies were out in swarms so we couldn't stay and enjoy as much as we liked but the day was still wonderful...

Gros Cap & Waterfalls, Algoma Distric...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

The Algoma District, a land of rocky hills and lakes north of Sault Sa ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2009 10:34am PST

Aubrey Falls, Ontario (6-16-08) : I'd been eyeing Aubrey Falls for a visit for quite some time.  Trouble is its not the easiest falls to get to.  Its located in a remote corner of the Algoma District almost 2 hours northeast of Sault Ste. Marie.  The falls themselves are among the highest in Ontario, comparable to Niagara, at over 170' high!  If you can make the time to get there the falls are accessed by a short half-mile trail that leads to a beautiful overlook of the cascade.  As is often the case in the Algoma District the drive up was almost as scenic as the destination itself...ENJOY!!
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<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  1.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  68'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  1,175'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  1,300'
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<b>(Best) Directions to Trailhead:</b>
-Head north on Highway 129 from the Trans-Canada in Thessalon, about 50 miles east of Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
-Follow Highway 129 north for 66 miles to the signed trailhead access road on the right (6 miles north of Ranger Lake Road/Hwy. 556 intersection).<br>
<b>Directions to Trailhead (the way <i>I</i> took):</b>
-Head north on the Trans-Canada approx. 10 miles from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, ON to Highway 556 on the right (watch for Searchmont sign).
-After 2.5 miles stay right on Highway 556 (Ranger Lake Road) at the Highway 556/552 intersection.
-Stay on Highway 556 (Ranger Lake Road) for the next 63 miles (ROUGH GRAVEL) to Highway 129, turn left.
-Follow Highway 129 6 miles to signed trailhead access road on the right.

Aubrey Falls, Ontario (6-16-08)

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

I'd been eyeing Aubrey Falls for a visit for quite some time. Trouble ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2009 10:33am PST

Peat Mountain, Lake Superior Provencial Park, ON (3-24-07) : A VERY early spring hike I took up Peat Mountain in Lake Superior Provincial Park in northern Ontario. Still a heck of a lot of snow left which made it a difficult hike. It was still beautiful though! The drive back was awesome also, check out the shots towards the end of the album for shots along scenic Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie...
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<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  6.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  40'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  1,150'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  1,699'

Peat Mountain, Lake Superior Provenci...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

A VERY early spring hike I took up Peat Mountain in Lake Superior Prov ...

Updated: Apr 01, 2008 10:37am PST