Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Miners Falls - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Miners River
Munising, MI

The breathtaking and powerful Miners Falls are reached by one of the shorter and less demanding hikes through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. An almost 3/4 mile trek on a well-worn path through calm woods leads to an observation deck with the view shown above of the falls. Any time of year, these falls thunder through the gorge, as the river is forced through a narrow drop, at an angle, before the river returns on its trek to Lake Superior. While the view from the platform here is stunning, it is possible to reach the bottom for a closer view - be warned this involves climbing down narrow and sometimes slippery rocks, but the reward may be well worth it to some:

Getting there: Take H-58 east about five miles from Munising, and turn onto Miners Castle Rd. (on left) Travel down this road until you see the sign for a road to the right and the falls. There is a small parking lot (about 20 cars) and the path starts from here.

Overall: Great
Hike: Moderate

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