Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 6

May 30, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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It’s Day 6, my last day on the trail for this trek, and it starts with some crazy bed-head and a hot cup of coffee – reaffirming my decision that I am without question going to carry a stove and coffee with me when I thru-hike! Today I would hike the 3.5 mile section of the North Country Trail from Mosquito River to Chapel Beach.

I spent most of the morning reflecting on my overall experience in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and concluded it was nothing short of spectacular. Once I decided to get moving, I was able to break-down camp in what seemed like record time, put everything into its proper place in my pack, hoisted my pack up and on to my shoulders, grabbed my trekking poles and I was off.

Along the 3.5 mile stretch of trail between Mosquito River to Chapel Beach, the trail and the Lake Superior shoreline present some of the most “picturesque, most beautiful, it’s crazy amazing” views I have ever seen.

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I arrive at Chapel Beach, hike up the sand dune, and exit the North Country Trail stage right.

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I hike my last miles on the access trail back to the Mosquito River / Chapel Beach Trail head, trekking through more bogs of slush.

My trek hasn’t even officially ended yet and I miss it already? Perhaps a cream soda is in order. I can state that unlike Bryson “I have no regrets” from this hike. Sure, I didn’t hike the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore end-to-end, or even according to my original plan. But I feel I did reinforce a couple of even more valuable “mental lessons” – namely, the ability to remain mentally flexible when I had to, and to overcome the obstacles the trail presented – and provided myself the opportunity to grow in the process.

 

 

Hike Data – Day 6

  • North Country Trail 4.5 miles
  • Start: Marker 339.5 End: Marker 344
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 11:43 AM
    • Trip Time 4:38:02
    • Distance Traveled 7.84 miles
    • Average Speed 1.69 mph
    • Max. Speed 5.59 mph
    • Max. Elevation 961 ft

 

 

– Kelly

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 5

May 29, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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I started my day having breakfast and enjoying my coffee on the beach, taking in the morning sunshine and the beauty of Lake Superior.

I break down camp, pack up all my gear, and get an early start on the day. My itinerary for Day 5 is to hike back to the Little Beaver Lake Trail Head, drive to the Mosquito River / Chapel Beach Trail Head, and then hike in from there to the Mosquito River Back Country Camp site.

It’s another perfect day for hiking – blue skies, cooler temperatures, and I seem to quickly arrive at the Beaver Creek back Country Camp site. I spend a few minutes exploring the area and inevitably end up on the shoreline of Lake Superior.

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On my return from the beach, while hiking back along the Beaver Creek, I come across one of the biggest log-jams I have ever seen. I am unsure if the log-jam is created by trees falling and being washed downstream to the lake, or if the log-jam is created by Winter’s ice pushing all of the debris upstream into the mouth of the creek?

A short distance later I cross over the creek on one of the most interestingly constructed wooden bridges. Basically, the bridge is built out of sections of logs, split in half and placed with the flat-side of the log face-down so that you actually walk on the round edges of the logs.

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I commented that “you never know what kind of treasures you’re gonna find on the trail”.

As I get closer to the trail head, the trail becomes increasingly more rocky in sections, wet as the rain finds its way to the trail and uses the trail as a path for run-off.

I return to the Little Beaver Lake Trail Head and parking area, unload my pack into the vehicle, and drive into Munising for a quick lunch and a cup of hot coffee. While off trail, I review the weather forecast and trail options for hiking into Mosquito River and hiking back out on Day 6.

 

I depart from the Mosquito River / Chapel Beach Trail head around 5:00 PM, and I as work my way down the trail, it immediately becomes more wet and muddy. I hike the next mile literally hopping from one bog to the next, up and over, zig-zagging left to right and back again, using any dry patch of trail I can find. And just as quickly as the bogs of slush appeared, they gave way to the dry, firm, packed trail I had been hiking on over the last four days. Even when immersed in the moment, it is difficult to believe that tomorrow will be my last day in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

I arrive at the Mosquito River Back Country Campsite, and set-up on, yep, campsite #1 again. The routine of pitching my tent, blowing up my air mattress, retrieving items from my pack and placing them inside my shelter – it all seems to be increasingly easier each time I do it. I make a quick cup of coffee, store my stove and food bag in the painted brown steel enclosure, then I make my way down to the beach just in time for sunset.

 

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Hike Data – Day 5 Part 1

  • North Country Trail 5 miles
  • Start: Marker 345.5 End: Marker 350.5
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 9:44 AM
    • Trip Time 2:25:15
    • Distance Traveled 3.18 miles
    • Average Speed 1.58 mph
    • Max. Speed 2.8 mph
    • Max. Elevation 777 ft

Hike Data – Day 5 Part 2

  • North Country Trail 5 miles
  • Start: Marker 345.5 End: Marker 350.5
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 4:49 PM
    • Trip Time 1:24:30
    • Distance Traveled 2.02 miles
    • Average Speed 1.43 mph
    • Max. Speed 2.95 mph
    • Max. Elevation 826 ft
  • Camp Site: Mosquito River  (food storage, water, no  fire ring)

 

 

– Kelly

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 4

May 28, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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My original itinerary for Day 4 changed, and I would now spend Day 4 of a planned 6-day trek section-hiking from the Little Beaver Lake Trail Head to the Pine Bluff Back Country Camp site.

I checked out of the ROAM Inn, piled all of my gear into the vehicle, opened the Google Maps App on my iPhone, typed “Little Beaver Lake Trail Head” into the search box, pressed the Directions button, pressed the Go button and as the voice behind the map instructed me to turn right onto Munising Avenue, I backed out of the hotel parking lot and turned right. The drive to the trail head would take me roughly 43 minutes, down Michigan Highway 28, to Highway 58 to Adams Trail and then the trail head parking area.

I arrived at the trail head, parked and secured the vehicle, cameled-up (hiker slang for drinking as much water as you can, filling up like a camel), strapped on my back, grabbed my poles, and I was on my way for the next installment of whatever the trail had in store for me.

The weather was the complete opposite of yesterday, it was spectacular today with blue skies and puffy clouds floating by, temperatures in the low 60’s – perfect weather for hiking. I hiked in 1.5 miles to the junction with the North Country Trail and discovered that parts of the forest floor still had frozen snow pack on them – difficult to believe with it being late in May, but then again this is Michigan’s UP.

I trek a short distance to the shoreline, up and over a small sand dune, and am able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Superior – all to myself.

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I return to the NCT, turn left and continue East – my destination for the day being the Pine Bluff Back Country Camp site. I’m anxious and without reason feel hurried to arrive, set-up camp and scout the area in order to best prepare for my first attempt at photographing the Milky Way.

In doing my research, I know the settings to use on my camera, I know the Moon will only be 3% from a New Moon tonight, and I know the Galactic Center will become visible above the horizon at 1:30 AM tomorrow morning. I only have two real unknowns – the weather and the area. The weather, could always change, but indicators and forecasts are predicting clear to partly cloudy skies. The area, the shoreline along Beaver Lake looking southeast over the tree tops, should meet the requirements nicely, but then again, I won’t know until I scout the area. I tell myself “I’ll have more than enough time”.

The trail continues to be maintained and well groomed, but has changed from dirt and the occasional mud bog to more of packed sand and is soft under foot. As I make my way, my pack feels very comfortable, almost as if it’s an extension of my body, and I am able to easily maneuver up, down, and through the turns, bends, and out-coves along the trail. This is how it’s supposed to feel!

Time just seems to fade and I find my way to the Pine Bluff Back Country Camp site. Site 1 is to the right of the entry trail, just past the painted brown steel enclosure which allows hikers to securely store their rations from the animals, in particular the bears. I hang and secure my pack from a near-by tree branch using a strap and my Hero-Clip, making it easy to access the pack contents as needed. I unpack items from my backpack and begin to set-up camp, in order – tent and ground cover, followed by air mattress, sleeping bag, clothing bag, toiletries bag, electronics bag, and last but not least, my F-Stop camera ICU. I place my food bag in the painted brown steel enclosure and twist the eye of the clasp to ensure it’s securely closed.

With camp completely set-up, I set of on my next task of gathering wood for a fire and I am quickly able to find enough downed branches and twigs to allow for a nice fire after sunset. I haul all of  my finds back to the fire-ring, and proceed to methodically construct a Tee-Pee of kindling, twigs, small branches, followed by bigger branches, until I think I have erected the perfect structure to make a fire. It will be dark soon and only then will I know for sure.

I grab my Garmin inReach and head off to explore the area around Beaver Lake. The lake is located just short of a mile’s distance from the campsite, and will be easy to night-hike to later. Upon returning to camp, I find that I have camp mates and they’ve set-up camp on site 5 just across from the fire ring from me.

As the sun begans to drop lower toward the horizon, the colors of the evening sky change from blues, to oranges, to pinks and I find myself walking toward the shoreline – to watch the sunset, listen the sounds of the waves making their way on land, and soak in all the wonder Lake Superior, the North Country Trail, and Mother Nature have to offer.

 

I return to camp well after sunset, gather my journal, pen, mini BIC lighter, and work my way to the camp fire ring. Moments later I find myself sharing the warmth and glow of the camp fire with my camp mates – Andrew and Katie.

 

We casually share our adventures and dreams, connecting instinctively, as our ancestors before us have done for millions of years – unknowingly giving this moment even more meaning and purpose.

I learn Andrew and Katie have hiked in Glacier, Denali and that Andrew has actually summited Mount Katahdin in Maine.

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I am a mere mortal in the presence of a God.

 

 

Hike Data – Day 4

  • North Country Trail 5 miles
  • Start: Marker 345.5 End: Marker 350.5
  • Additional 1.5 miles to and from North Country Trail Headquarters
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 11:21 AM
    • Trip Time 4:18:30
    • Distance Traveled 5.15 miles
    • Average Speed 1.20 mph
    • Max. Speed 4.19 mph
    • Max. Elevation 833 ft
  • Camp Site: Pine Bluff  (food storage, water, fire ring and outdoor toilet)

 

– Kelly

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 3

May 27, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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In his masterpiece “Appalachian Trials”, Zach Davis titles Chapter 6 “When Shit Hits The Fan” and he defines Thru-Hiker Fact #1 as: “there will come a time during your thru-hike when shit hits the fan”. He continues to describe a time, when on trail, you will hit a mental road-block, paired with physical, environmental, and logistical obstacles. He concludes his chapter opening paragraph by stating “the trail (just) has a way of testing a person”.

Not a 2200 mile 6-month thru-hike, rather a 70 mile 6-day hike out and back, and the North Country Trail found a way to test me!

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend Day 3 of my planned 6-day trek, ‘Zeroing’ at the ROAM Inn in Munising, MI – allowing myself and my body to recover from the epic post-holing event and hike out, back to the Munising Falls Visitor Center on Day 2 – all while the weather turned for the worse, temperatures dropped to the low 40’s and it rained for the entire day.

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I took advantage of my downtime and revisited every single item in my pack, removing anything and everything I felt was not absolutely necessary, with the biggest weight reduction coming from removing additional camera and photography items that were more ‘nice-to-have’ as opposed to ‘must-have’.

I also revised my itinerary – changing the remainder of my 6-day trek into three individual section-hikes instead of trying to catch-up to my original planned hike and miles. This also allowed me to change the amount of food I was required to carry (basically a pound for each day on the trail), lightening my pack an additional 2-3 lbs.

 

 

Hike Data – Day 3

  • North Country Trail 0 miles

 

– Kelly

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 2

May 26, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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I woke at first light, to the sound of a bell buoy ringing in the near distance, and although the temperature didn’t feel necessarily chilly outside, the warmth and comfort offered by my Thermorest Parsec sleeping bag was enticing enough to convince me to just roll over, snuggle in, and drift back off for awhile.

When I did finally start my day, I easily broke down and packed-up camp, in between bites of a Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif Bar while sipping Starbucks VIA Pike Place Roast Instant Coffee.

Day 2 on the NCT would bring a number of challenges, beginning with my decision to change my itinerary, and ‘section-hike’ the portion of the trail between the Munising Falls Visitor Center and The Cliff’s. Everything was packed, in its place, and I was on the trail – it was 8:05 AM.

In his book “Appalachian Trials”, Zach Davis states:

In no uncertain terms, the psychological and emotional struggle is what drives people off the … Trail. It’s the unpredictable and daunting psychological impact of your … Trials. It’s the homesickness, redundancy, and loneliness. It’s the thick, sweltering heat while scaling a shadeless, rock-face mountain. It’s trying to sleep through sub-freezing temperatures, hoping that wearing every damn article of clothing in your pack and wrapping your sleeping bag over your head will provide enough warmth to grant a few hours of sleep. It’s the constant swarm of mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. It’s the boredom that comes from another day of walking through lackluster terrain. It’s the pain that strangleholds every muscle of your body upon waking. It’s putting on sweat soaked clothes for the fifth morning in a row. It’s trying to sleep next to that snoring asshole six inches from your face. It’s waking up in a shelter to sound of a mouse eating his way through your backpack. It’s pooping in the rain; have fun trying to wipe. It’s drinking discolored stream water. It’s wandering a mile off trail before realizing you have no idea where you are. It’s checking your nether regions for parasitic and disease carrying ticks at the end of an exhausting day. It’s living in a constant coat of filth. It’s walking consecutive days with a set of throbbing blisters between your toes and on the sides of your heals. It’s veering off trail to go to the bathroom, only to look down and notice that you’re standing in poison ivy. It’s rocks eating through your boots and insoles, making it feel as though you’re hiking barefoot. It’s running through a storm while hearing lighting crash down on every side of you. It’s the rustling of an animal prowling outside of your tent just moments before you were going to fall asleep. These are the reasons people throw in the towel, not because a climb is too daunting.

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Of the thru-hike trail ‘Trials” that Davis lists, I have experienced: “putting on sweat soaked clothes for the fifth morning in a row.”, being in “a storm while hearing lighting crash down on every side of you”, “the rustling of an animal prowling outside of your tent just moments before (I was) going to fall asleep” and pooping in the woods, albeit not while it was raining. I suppose I have so much more to look forward too!

My sole reason for changing my itinerary and section-hiking back to the Munising Falls Visitor Center was simply to lighten my pack. No more. No less. Even though my pack weight with all my gear, my food for six days, and my water carry was under 45 pounds, I made the mistake (again) of under-estimating the effects of carrying the additional weight and of over-estimating my physical preparedness and the shape I was in (or not in!).

 

I began the day with an easy pace, felt comfortable overall, but my pack just felt like dead-weight on my back. Approaching the four-mile mark with almost two hours lapsed since I started hiking, I stopped to take a quick break, hydrate, and vlog for the first (and what would turn out to be the last) time that day. My break from hiking was made even more peaceful by the sound of a nearby waterfall.

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I reworked my pack, rearranged a few items, and tightened up the cinch straps (side straps on your pack used to tighten the pack contents overall, making the pack smaller, more dense, and more centered on your back). I re-laced my boots, lifted my pack up and on to my back, fastened my belt strap, adjusted my shoulder straps and load-lifters, grabbed my poles, and I was on my way again.

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Just before the junction for Sand Point, I stepped up and onto a log with my right foot, forward, and then placed my left foot in front of me to support my next step. As I proceeded in motion, transferring all of my weight from my right leg to my left, my sensory network kicked in and signaled to my brain ‘something was wrong!’ before I ever realized it. Within the next second, the ground between the log which I was standing on and the tree trunk in front of me, the ground which I was now transferring all 250 lbs. of me and my pack to, suddenly gave way – forming an abyss into which my entire left leg disappeared. As my entire body continued forward and down in motion, I was able to reach out and place my hands in front of me, helping break my fall, the impact, and pending face-plant with the tree trunk in front of me. I came to an unexpected, sudden, and abrupt stop!

This event, in general hiking terms, is known as ‘post-holing’ and is actually a very common occurrence when hiking snow covered trails in the Sierra Nevada, like the PCT, and others. It certainly is not listed as one of Davis’ Appalachian Trials! and I would think a much more rare occurrence in the woods or forest. However, yes I manged to do it, and even though no one was there to witness this amazing event, I am sure I did so with ‘swagger’ and it was immediately followed by a verbal burst containing a number of expletives and asking the all to familiar question.

I managed to quickly free my left leg from it’s underground clutches, regain my balance, and with the aid of my trekking poles, carefully stand back up. I have read that in events like this, you need to let the adrenaline pulsing through your veins subside a little, stop and take the time to carefully assess your situation before continuing:

  • Physically – are you bleeding, are any bones broken, are you injured in any way?
  • Mentally – are you aware of your surroundings, are you thinking clearly, what is the last thing you remember, what is the next thing you were suppose to do?
  • Emotionally – do you feel safe? are you comfortable enough to continue?
  • Gear/Equipment – did anything get damaged, did anything come loose, did you lose any items?

I did precisely that.

  • No broken bones, no injuries.
  • I’m standing on the NCT in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  • I am hiking from the Cliffs back to Munising Falls.
  • I feel OK, my pride is a little hurt, but I guess I’m better for the experience.
  • All my gear seems to be in working order
  • I have everything, and my poles straps never left my wrists.
  • Gosh was that crazy!

Slowly I put one foot in front of the next, took a step, followed by another, then two, and I was carefully on my way, again. A short while later, just as I had the day before, I found myself standing on the trail, looking up in awe, completely unaware of the event that had just occurred an hour ago.  I believe Bill Bryson got it right:

There comes a moment when I look up and notice , with a kind of first-time astonishment, the amazing complex delicacy of the woods, the casual case with which elemental things come together to form a composition that is — whatever the season, wherever I put my besotted gaze — perfect. Not just very fine or splendid, but perfect, unimprovable.

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I ended the small trail detour and road-walk, rounded the corner left to the Munising Falls Vistors Center parking lot, and returned back to my vehicle.

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Hike Data – Day 2

  • North Country Trail 8.5 miles
  • Start: Marker 334.5 End: Marker 327.5
  • Additional 1.0 miles to and from North Country Trail Headquarters
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 8:05 AM
    • Trip Time 5:15:18
    • Distance Traveled 6.8 miles
    • Average Speed 1.29 mph
    • Max. Speed 3.57 mph
    • Max. Elevation 1151 ft

 

– Kelly

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Day 1

May 25, 2019

My journey continues with my second hike of the year. I am hiking on the North Country Trail in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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My itinerary for Day 1 of a planned 6-day trek is to hike a short 5.1 miles from the Munising Falls Visitor Center to my permitted back country campsite located in the Cliff’s. After a small trail detour and road-walk, I finally find my way to ‘back’ to the North Country Trail.

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It felt good to be back, to be connected with the North Country Trail again . Seeing the NCT emblem marking the path, a blue blaze reaching out from a distant tree trunk guiding me onward, or just knowing that my boots and I are standing on a portion of the 4,600 mile footpath stretching from Crown Point in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota – will always feel like home.

For many, I’m sure reading such a thought seems odd, out of place, even contradictory. After all, how can you feel at home when you’re in the middle of the woods?

As Bryson concludes his “A Walk in the Woods”, he shares this thought: “there comes a moment when I look up and notice , with a kind of first-time astonishment, the amazing complex delicacy of the woods, the casual case with which elemental things come together to form a composition that is — whatever the season, wherever I put my besotted gaze — perfect. Not just very fine or splendid, but perfect, unimprovable”.

For me, and as I have previously written,

I feel as if all goes back some 45 years to that summer vacation when my family traveled to the Smokey Mountains for the first time. … In many ways I feel as if a small part of me was left in the mountains, which at times has felt unsettled, left undone, waiting for my return. In other ways I feel an even bigger part of the mountains was left inside me, for this moment, for now, beckoning me onward, to return to the woods, to be one again not just with the Pigeon River, or the many overlooks and landscapes from my past, but with more, so much more, more of the paths and trails, the streams and rivers, the mountains and valleys – the many wonders just waiting for me to go and explore. … Many of those who have done so before me will tell you “Hike Your Hike”. For me, it’s time. It’s time for me to “Hike My Hike”.

My Life’s Hike began Saturday, June 30, 2018 5:52 PM, at Latitude 46.68123 Longitude -89.38983, the entry to North Country Trail from Norwich Road (shown below), and it was in that moment, when I looked up and noticed, with a kind of first-time astonishment, the absolutely daunting yet amazing feat — not just a hike but a thru-hike — I was now committed too.

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The North Country Trail is where it all began just over a year ago, and my preparation continues – gaining experience, finding my legs, shaking down gear, discovering what works and what doesn’t, repeating tasks and processes over and over so that they become not just second-nature, but ingrained in my being, simply repeatable from memory, and learning how to be best prepared for whatever the trail and mother nature can throw at me – all while doing so as minimalisticly as possible.

The portion of the North Country Trail I was now hiking is located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, where it essentially winds its way along the shoreline of Lake Superior, and in general presents a gradual climb in elevation as it makes its way up to a section known as the ‘Cliffs’. The trail is very well maintained, nicely groomed, and very easy to follow.

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I stopped at the NCT – Sand Point Junction to take advantage of the steps built there, which allow visitors to walk down to better view the local water fall. I on the other hand, was there to simply rest a bit, hydrate myself, and fuel my body. It sounds funny to me in a way – the phrase “fuel my body” – but I use it to remind myself that not only do I need to do so, and often when hiking, I also need to use the 91 Octane brand of fuel!

The Cliff’s Back Country Camp Site was difficult to locate. In fact, I couldn’t locate it at all and it was only when I reached the North Country Trail Headquarters at Miner’s Castle I realized I had completely passed it. I back-tracked about a half-mile or so, and found an amazing spot to set up camp for the night. How I missed it on my original approach I’ll never understand, but gosh am I glad I discovered it on my way back.

After I set up camp for the night, I hiked back to the North Country Trail Headquarters picnic area to make dinner – Mountain House Beef Stew – and to take in yet another amazing view the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has to offer, this time from the Miners Castle Scenic Overlook.

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I returned to my campsite shortly before sunset. As I sat on the edge of the cliff overlooking the bay in front and some 200 feet below me, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of wonder and accomplishment. I was “Hiking My Hike” and it was simply — perfect. Not just very fine or splendid, but perfect, unimprovable.

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Hike Data – Day 1

  • North Country Trail 8.5 miles
  • Start: Marker 327.5 End: Marker 334.5
  • Additional 1.5 miles to and from North Country Trail Headquarters
  • Garmin InReach:
    • Start 11:21 AM
    • Trip Time 7:47:49
    • Distance Traveled 9.1 miles
    • Average Speed 1.17 mph
    • Max. Speed 3.11 mph
    • Max. Elevation 987 ft
  • Camp Site: The Cliff’s  (* no water, no fire ring)

 

– Kelly

blog: Ramble Afoot
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