Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snowshoe hike at MNA Black Creek Nature Sanctuary to be Jan. 22

CALUMET -- Join MNA (Michigan Nature Association) stewards Peter and Jill Pietila for a snowshoe exploration of Black Creek Nature Sanctuary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. The 4.5 mile round-trip trail leads through a varied forest landscape to a lovely lagoon and dramatic opening onto Lake Superior.

Karena Schmidt enjoys snowshoeing at Black Creek. (Photo © and courtesy Joan Chadde)

This 242-acre sanctuary was initially protected by Ruth Sablich and her Calumet High School classmates in 1991.

The Pietilas invite participants to their home nearby for warming and refreshments afterwards. The hike will be postponed in the case of extreme weather. Call Jill or Peter at 906-337-2144 for an update.

Black Creek snowshoe trail. (Photo © and courtesy Joan Chadde)

Driving Directions: Meet at parking area at the trailhead along Cedar Bay Road, off Tamarack Waterworks Road in Calumet. From US-41 on the north end of Calumet, turn west onto M-203, travel about 1.25 miles to Tamarack Waterworks Road and turn right. Travel 2.5 miles on Tamarack Waterworks Road to Cedar Bay Road and turn right again. Follow Cedar Bay Road approximately 2.5 miles until reaching the Black Creek trailhead sign on the right, about 0.2 miles from the end of the public road. Park safely along the road at the trailhead or in the small public parking area provided.

All ages and abilities are invited to participate!

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