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

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