Thursday, March 14, 2013

Partridge Falls - Pigeon River, Minnesota

Pigeon River
Grand Portage, Minnesota

Somehow I have never posted the photos/video from one of my favorite finds of the 2012 Lake Superior Circle Tour: Partridge Falls. While not visited nearly as often as High Falls or Middle Falls inside Grand Portage State Park, these falls are amazing and worth the sometimes rough drive to get to them. We got nervous 2-3 times while driving back on a very rough Partridge Falls Rd. but in the end we found the parking area by a very abandoned cabin, made the short hike toward the sound of roaring water, and were blown away by how up close these falls are!
It was hard to get down for a good view as it's a steep drop off, and the spray makes most rocks, branches etc. incredibly slippery. This was worth it though as the view of the falls fills up almost the entire viewfinder of the camera and shows how powerful this river is!
In case you're wondering if you're in the right place, this is what the cabin at the end of Partridge Falls Rd. looks like:

Getting there: heading north on Hwy 61, turn left onto CR-17 (or Mineral Center Rd.) and follow for six miles to Partridge Falls Rd. (was a green sign with bullet holes through it). Turn left and follow this rough, rough road for a little over four miles to the river. Keep an eye on your odometer and you should be fine. Park by the cabin, take the trail (overgrown old two track) to the right for 1/4 mile and watch for the falls, and enjoy!
Overall: Amazing
Hike: Moderate

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jumbo Falls - Kenton, MI

Jumbo River
near Kenton, Michigan

Jumbo Falls don't get their name based on size, as you can see from the picture above. They are named for their location on the Jumbo River, a popular spot for trout fishing. These falls are less than a five-minute walk from the "parking area" and it is a smooth and well worn path to get to them - chances are you'll hear the falls when you get out of the car. The falls come at a bend in the river, as it drop 5-7 feet before widening and calming down. The white of the falls here is a great contrast to the river's dark color and the surrounding greens of the mosses and trees of the forest (depends on season).

Getting there: Heading west on M-28 near Kenton, take a left on Golden Glow Rd. It's about two and half miles to the parking area and there are several intersections with forest roads, just stay on the "main" road until you find the parking area. There is an informational sign about trout fishing, if you see that you're in the right spot and should be able to hear the falls.

Overall: Okay
Hike: Easy

Monday, March 11, 2013

Duppy Falls - Kenton, Mich.

Jumbo River
Kenton, Mich.

Near the site of an old quarry off a forest service road near Kenton in the Upper Peninsula, Duppy Falls is a seldom visited yet serene and scenic site. The area is popular with trout fishermen, which keeps the area's trails well-worn in the spring and summer months.
The trail is about a quarter mile, but finding it is a bit tricky. The "access road" we tried to travel down quickly let us know we weren't going farther without four-wheel drive. We found the clearing mentioned in the Penrose book, and took the trail to the south. We crossed a stream early on, then struggled through the uneasy terrain before reaching the falls.
The Jumbo River drops 6-8 feet here, and splits around a rock outcropping. The full view of the left side is partially obscured by a large rock outcropping, which also provides a great place to take photographs from.

Getting there: from M-28 east of Trout Creek, head south of FSH-16 looking for FR 3610 and make a right. When we were there, referring to FR 3610 as a "road" would be considered generous, so you'll want to make sure you have an up-to-date map. We found a path into the woods on the left about 1/4 mile in on 3610, and followed for 5-10 minutes to the falls.

Overall: Good
Hike: Moderate