Friday, July 16, 2010

Hike for Superior view at Mt. Baldy Preserve July 17

HOUGHTON -- Families and the public are invited to come on an interpretive and challenging hike at the Helmut and Candis Stern Preserve at Mt. Baldy, near Eagle Harbor, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17.

Visit The Nature Conservancy’s Preserve with outstanding views of Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula. Rising 730 feet above Lake Superior, Mt. Baldy is one of the largest and least disturbed balds in the Keweenaw. This hike will be a steady uphill climb, taking about three hours round-trip.

Meet at 2 p.m. at the trailhead. The hike is six miles round-trip.

Come prepared with sturdy hiking shoes, a backpack, plenty of water and snacks, rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, and an extra layer. A camera and binoculars are recommended.

The Trip Leader is Joan Chadde. For more information call 906-487-3341.

Driving directions: To reach the trailhead, drive 15 miles north of Calumet on US 41, and turn left onto the Eagle Harbor Shortcut Road. Shortly before reaching Eagle Harbor, turn right at the large preserve sign on the right and follow the 2-track to a gravel parking area at the sandpit where the trail begins.

Sponsored by the Western U.P. Center for Science Math and Environmental Education.

Photo: Taken at the top of Mt. Baldy, or Mt. Lookout, near Eagle Harbor, this photo shows the bedrock near the surface of an area exposed to cold winds and other conditions that have allowed a treeless northern bald community of rare plants to establish itself. The Nature Conservancy purchased land on Mt. Baldy to protect its delicate ecosystem. (Keweenaw Now file photo courtesy Jeff Knoop of The Nature Conservancy)

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