Friday, July 27, 2012

Michigan Nature Association to sponsor Keweenaw hikes July 28, Aug. 4

CHASSELL -- Announcing two more hikes for the next two Saturdays, Michigan Nature Association Keweenaw Stewardship Organizer Nancy Leonard says the turnout for the Estivant Pines hike last Saturday was great.

"Hannah Rooks shared interesting historical tidbits as well as pointing out some of the flora and fauna residing in among the great old trees," Leonard notes. "This coming Saturday we'll meet at Gratiot Lake Overlook Nature Sanctuary for a hike and a picnic and a paddle, if you wish."

The Michigan Nature Association (MNA) will sponsor a hike, picnic, and paddle at Gratiot Lake Overlook Nature Sanctuary beginning at 11 a.m. TOMORROW, Saturday, July 28. Join stewards Jill Burkland and Randy Freisinger for a hike on the Overlook Trail, then picnic on the shores of Gratiot Lake and go for a paddle afterwards if you wish. Bring along sturdy footwear, bug dope, water, your own picnic, and canoe or kayak.

To get there, follow US 41 north of Calumet to the sign for Gratiot Lake (across the highway from the historic town of Central). Turn right (east) and travel 5 miles to the bottom of the hill. Turn left and drive .75 miles to the DNR public access site on Gratiot Lake. The trailhead is across the road.

Aug.4:  Lichen study and hike at Grinnell Memorial Nature Sanctuary

Join naturalist Karena Schmidt at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, for a strenuous trail hike at this huge rhyolite monolith known locally as Bare Bluff. Along the way, Karena will help participants study the lichens that encrust the rocks. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring your lunch and water.

To get there, drive north on US 41 to eleven miles south of Copper Harbor. Turn right at the sign for Lac La Belle and Mt. Bohemia. Drive about 5 miles to Lac La Belle, turn left on the Bete Gris Road and drive about 2 miles to the Smith Fisheries Road and turn left. Travel another 2.5 miles, bearing right, to the parking area marked with an MNA sign.

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