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Middle Neebish Lighthouse, Chippewa County (11-13-07) : A messy hike to an ugly, unkempt lighthouse. Why go?  Well I'm a bit of a lighthouse nut and, unfortunately, this one's on the list. I had visited back in the late 90's but, with no surviving photos, I was compelled to return. Things hadn't improved in the last decade to my dismay...I got just as wet if not wetter than the last time I visited...can't say it wasn't interesting though...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  3.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  55'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  575'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  620'

<b>Directions to Trailhead:</b>
-From Ferry Terminal on Neebish Island follow Neebish Ferry Road 0.3 mile to 15 Mile Rd, turn right.
-Follow 15 Mile Road for 2.5 miles to Brander Road, turn left.
-Follow Brander Road north just over 2 miles to trail road on the left (this is the last left before the north end of Brander Road).
-Park at trail road and hike/wade from there.

Middle Neebish Lighthouse, Chippewa C...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

A messy hike to an ugly, unkempt lighthouse. Why go? Well I'm a bit o ...

Updated: Feb 20, 2009 8:23am PST

Grand Sable Loop - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Alger County (8-2-08) : Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a linear park. Loop hiking within the lakeshore is quite limited. The Grand Sable Loop along with the more popular Chapel Loop to the south are about the only two options for a good, long day-hike loop within the park.

The loop runs around a large piece of trackless piece of real estate known as the Grand Sable Dunes. Starting at the Grand Sable Visitors Center I headed west to make the loop in a clockwise direction, returning to the same spot some 12-miles later.  The main reason for the direction I chose is that it allowed me to <i>descend</i> rather than <i>ascend</i> the 500' Log Slide as well as saving the most scenic part of the trip for the end.

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  12.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  65'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  600'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  900'

<b>Directions to Grand Sable Visitor Center:</b>
-Visitor Center and trailhead are located along H-58 approx. 2.5 miles west of Grand Marais or 40 miles northeast of Miners Castle Road east of Munising.

Grand Sable Loop - Pictured Rocks Nat...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a linear park. Loop hiking within ...

Updated: Feb 19, 2009 9:08am PST

Horseshoe Bay Wilderness, Mackinac County (7-28-08) : Horseshoe Bay Wilderness, located just north of St. Ignace, is a wonderful bit of overlooked Lake Huron shoreline.  It is a wilderness in the loosest sense of the word as its diminutive size, just under 3800 acres, allows for a good deal of solitude but civilization is never really <i>that</i> far away.  The area is accessed from Foley Creek National Forest Campground.  A nice 2.5 mile trail leads out to the 7-miles of protected shoreline.  Here I was dazzled by the array of blooming lakeshore wildflowers.  I imagine earlier in the yaer it must be even more spectacular!  I spent some time wandering the shore and just enjoying having the place all to myself...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  5.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  70'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  575'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  615'

<b>Directions to Trailhead:</b>
-From Exit 348 off I-75 take Business-75 south towards St. Ignace for a quarter mile to Mackinac Trail (H-63) on the left.
-Follow Mackinac Trail (H-63) 2.5 miles to Horseshoe Bay National Forest Campground and trailhead on the right.

Horseshoe Bay Wilderness, Mackinac Co...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Horseshoe Bay Wilderness, located just north of St. Ignace, is a wonde ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2009 10:21am PST

Big Knob-Crow Lake Pathway, Mackinac County (1-11-09) : The Big Knob-Crow Lake Pathway caught my attention because I'm always looking for some kind of new climb in my otherwise vertically-challenged state.  Located just west of Naubinway along Lake Michigan's north shore Big Knob was a bit disappointing from the vertical standpoint but beautiful none-the-less.  I arrived late in the day so I would be racing a setting sun but I was still able to put a few miles on the snowshoes and visit both Big Knob and Crow Lake.  It was a wonderful late-day hike...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  3.5 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  25'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  625'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  700'

<b>Directions to Trailhead:</b>
-Take Big Knob Road south from US-2 about 1.5 miles west of its junction with M-117 west of Naubinway or 15.5 miles east of the US-2/M-77 junction near Blaney Park.
-Follow Big Knob Road approx 3.5 miles to signed trail crossing.  Park alongside road.

Big Knob-Crow Lake Pathway, Mackinac ...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

The Big Knob-Crow Lake Pathway caught my attention because I'm always ...

Updated: Feb 12, 2009 9:23am PST

Cut River Pathway, Mackinac County (1-21-09) : Thousands of people a week pass over the Cut River by way of the locally famous Cut River bridge which towers nearly 200' above the river gorge.  I myself had passed over this bridge dozens of times before I discovered there was a nice little path leading down into the gorge itself.  The 1.5 mile path begins and ends on either side of the gorge and leads down to the Cut River, beneath the bridge, and out to the Lake Michigan shoreline.  This day was a cold, breezy one along the shore but there were still signs of life, along with an impressively varied woodland...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  1.5 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  26'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  575'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  750'

<b>Directions to Trailhead:</b>
-Trailhead is located at roadside park along US-2 at the north end of the Cut River Bridge approx. 3 miles south of Epoufette or 5 miles north of Brevort.

Cut River Pathway, Mackinac County (1...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

Thousands of people a week pass over the Cut River by way of the local ...

Updated: Feb 12, 2009 9:19am PST

Pictured Rocks, Alger County - Chapel Loop (7-10-07) : One of the premier hikes in Michigan. This 10-mile loop passes secluded waterfalls and 200'+ high sandstone cliffs...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  10.0 miles
<b>Trailhead Temp:</b>  68'F
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  600'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  855'

Pictured Rocks, Alger County - Chapel...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

One of the premier hikes in Michigan. This 10-mile loop passes seclude ...

Updated: Apr 01, 2008 3:19pm PST

Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw County (July 2005) : This is the hike I had been dreaming of my whole life. I hope these albums capture in some way the beauty of this unique place and the love that I quickly developed for it.  The seven day hike took us around the eastern half of the island from Rock Harbor out to McCargoe Cove and back...and a bunch of interesting places in between...

<b>Mileage Hiked:</b>  45.5 miles
<b>Min. Elevation:</b>  600'
<b>Max Elevation:</b>  1,136'

Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw C...

Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

This is the hike I had been dreaming of my whole life. I hope these al ...

Updated: Mar 30, 2008 12:10pm PST