Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sandstone Falls - Black River Scenic Byway, MI (4 of 5)

Black River
north of Bessemer, Mich.

While I've seen several other sites refer to Sandstone Falls as the "most boring" or "most normal" set of falls on the Black River, I find them to be by far the most accessible and interesting falls on the river. It is possible to walk right up to these falls, and at their peak the roaring water drowns out most other sounds in the area.

The view downstream is one of layered rock formations, foamy pools of water and so many vantage points to shoot pictures from that this may end up being the most time consuming. This may be one of the best waterfalls in the U.P. for rock hopping, and the sandstone here is smoothed down from years of pounding from the river.

The hike back to the falls is a quarter mile long, and not too strenuous. Like the other trails, it is a wide dirt path. Four down, one to go - the best part of this stretch is the variation, no two falls have the same size, shape or characteristics!
Getting there: Like all of the others, from US-2 in Bessemer, take CR-513 north 15 miles to the parking lot on the right for Sandstone Falls.

Overall: Great
Hike: Easy

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