Slightly raining but still a nice easy hike. Driving to it was the hardest part.
We parked our vehicle near the gravel pit just beyond Roland lake. The L' Anse area received 6 inches of snow the night before. The tree branches were covered with snow and it made the route a winter wonderland. We cross country skiied about 5.6 miles down Ravine River Road till it got steep and then hiked the last half mile and carried our skis. We only met 4 other people who were on snowmobiles. The summit is only 1979 feet, but it was a tough 12.2 mile roundtrip climb in the snow. The benches and picnic table at the summit were covered with snow. We had lunch, signed the register in the yellow mailbox, and then had a blast skiing back. Downhill was much easier. A great day with my wife Mary and son Ryan. HP #6.
Big mistake with all the snow on the ground. Luckily for me I ran into a helpful Michiganer who helped point me to the summit. It was a lot of work, but worth it. (I am not positive on the exact date)
Wish we had summitpost.org back then, maybe we could have found this state high point. We drove around for 3 hours on bad roads up there and hiked around with some instructions that some people in town gave us, but no dice. I guess we'll have to go back.
Easy stroll. Saw frogs and a deer.
My 10th state highpoint. We had the place all to ourselves with nice weather to boot.
I made the mistake of doing this one with lots of snow still on the ground and me driving a Plymouth Reliant. Obviously, I didn't get all the way to the trailhead parking lot, so I hoofed it in my moonboots uphill through pretty deep snow. The summit is very peaceful as it is surrounded by trees (no view). The UP is an interesting place. The woods are tremendous, and Lake Superior is always awesome. There is a sense of sad isolation in this part of the country, though. I wonder about its economy.
Very rainy, still summited with my dad. this is my latest highpoint, 5 down 45 to go!
A peaceful summit. Plenty of quiet woods. We were alone until a reporter and photographer showed up from the L'Anse newspaper to do a story on the highpoint. They had heard that a few people were stopping by to visit. I'm sure there are many more these days. I never saw the newpaper article, so I don't know if it was flattering or if we were portrayed as kooks. Before we left we met a forester in charge of management for the area. While chatting with him, we saw a pine marten racing around in the woods near us.
Parked 5 miles below summit. Saw moose tracks. Lots and lots of biting insects.