Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sable Falls - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Sable Creek
Grand Marais, MI

While Sable Falls don't get the visitor traffic that their counterparts on the western end of Pictured Rocks do, these beautiful falls near the dunes on the eastern end of the lakeshore should not be missed. The Sable Creek drops several times here, framed by lush forest and within a short walk of towering dunes and the thundering power of Lake Superior. Especially beautiful in the fall when surrounded by colorful trees on both sides, these falls bring something for everyone regardless of the season. Erosion has become a concern here, and when we visited earlier this summer we found the stairs leading down to the falls had been moved inland to help with that problem.
While it's only a quarter mile to the falls, the dunes are reached by additional quarter mile hike towards the lakeshore:
The many portions of trees that have been washed ashore and the constant stream of fresh pebbles attests to the power of this mighty lake:
Getting there: from H-58 west of Grand Marais (M77), follow the brown signs in for the Sable Falls parking area.

Overall: Great
Hike: Moderate (stairs)

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