Thursday, June 10, 2010

Michigan Nature Association to host Bare Bluff hike June 12

HOUGHTON -- Families and the public are invited to visit the Michigan Nature Association's Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary (Bare Bluff) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Enjoy its stunning panoramic views of Lake Superior.

Rising 588 feet above Lake Superior, Bare Bluff is one of the most prominent landmarks on the south shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula. This will be a challenging hike over rugged terrain with rocky slopes and steep ravines, as well as outstanding scenery, soaring raptors and some of the oldest rocks in the Keweenaw!

Meet at 2 p.m. at Lac La Belle Marina parking lot to carpool to the trailhead or meet at the trailhead at 2:15 p.m. (2.5 miles up the Smith Fisheries Road). Come prepared with sturdy hiking shoes, a backpack, plenty of water and snacks. Rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and an extra layer are strongly encouraged. A camera and binoculars are also recommended.

Trip Leaders are Charlie Eshbach and Joan Chadde. For more information call 906-487-3341.

Driving directions: To reach the Grinnell Nature Sanctuary, drive north from Calumet on US 41. About 15 miles north of Calumet, just after the Delaware mine on the left, turn right at the sign for Lac La Belle. Drive five miles to Lac La Belle, turn left, and look for the marina sign on the right. Hikers will rendez-vous at the Lac La Belle Marina before continuing on to the trailhead. This is a loop trail. Allow 2-3 hours roundtrip.

This hike is sponsored by the Western U.P. Center for Science Math and Environmental Education.

The Michigan Nature Association (MNA), established in 1952, is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting examples of Michigan's unique natural habitats and rare or endangered species. With the help of many generous donations from people like you, the MNA now has 165 nature sanctuaries totaling 8500 acres in Michigan.

Visit their Web site at

(Bare Bluff Photo © Charlie Eshbach and courtesy Michigan Nature Association.)

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