I am addicted to waterfalls. There’s no better way to put it. So when I read about this five star, 1200 foot waterfall within a 1.7 one-way hike, I had to check it out. Located in Sequoia National Park, Tokopah Falls is well known and highly visited waterfall. The trailhead is located within the Lodgepole campground and is well marked by a sign. It’s located on the right once you across a bridge towards the back of the campground.
If you’re looking for a place of history, the abandoned copper mine and small ghost town of Nonesuch Mine is a great place to check out. It was one of my favourite stops in the Porcupine Mountains. It’s amazing to walk through the forest and look at all the crumbling building walls. A society once existed here, not thriving but existed. People worked and lived here. The sensation of the imagination makes this place quite a treat. Continue reading “Nonesuch and other mines in the Porkies”
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area is rich with waterfalls. Some small, some large. Unfortunately, we only had the opportunity to see five of them, but we did select three of the most impressive ones within the park to view. Continue reading “Waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains”
To celebrate our one year anniversary, Steve and I decided to go on our first camping and hiking trip to the Porcupine Mountains. Continue reading “The Porcupine Mountains”
Estivant Pines Sanctuary
In 1971 Lauri Leskinen published an article in the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette called The Last Stand. It addressed protecting “one of the last stands of virgin pines in the Midwest” from the lumber industry. This article paired with photographs of loggers cutting down the pines taken by Charles Eshback, started a movement known as “Save the Pines” and by August 17, 1973 the Michigan Nature Association received a copy of the deed to the area where these massive trees resided. So began the sanctuary.
Eben Junction is a small city about 30 minutes outside of Munising. Every year visitors from all over come to this city to see one spectacular piece of nature. Hidden about half a mile within the Rock River Wilderness area is something known as the “Eben Ice Caves.” The caves aren’t really caves but rather sixty foot tall icicles that have formed where a waterfall normally trickles. Each winter the water freezes and a curtain of ice is formed in the front of an indented rock wall. It thus creates a cave land is certainly one of the most beautiful things I have seen.
The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is stunning. In my opinion, it’s beauty outshines the Grand Canyon found in Arizona. The raging, crystal blue river carves it’s way through the yellow and red canyon. And then, of course, there is the massive waterfall located at one end of the canyon, one of the most famous views of Yellowstone National Park.
With so many sites to see, it’s impossible to fit everything into a week. We ended up missing out on a lot of the waterfalls in Yellowstone, including some of the pretty grand ones, in order to see more geothermal areas of the park; things we just don’t see in Michigan. It was a difficult decision but when we go back, and we will go back, I plan on picking up where we left off on the hunt for waterfalls.