A Hike Through Time
The Beaver Lake Basin Wilderness Area
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
On Saturday, September 29, 2012, my two friends (Chuck and Pish) and I hiked into the Beaver Lake Basin Wilderness Area which is part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (PRNL). We had wanted to do this hike for some time and the day provided us with the perfect opportunity. Cool (55 degrees), mostly clear with broken clouds, and not a bug in the air. The three of us met at Chuck and Pish's house shortly before 9 a.m. for the hour-long ride to the trail head.
Picture Rocks - Some History
The Beaver Basin Wilderness AreaThe two main lakes in the BBW include Beaver Lake and Little Beaver Lake. Numerous cold water creeks feed the lakes. Brook trout, various species of bass, and norther pike lurk in the depths of the two lakes. Boating is permitted with electric motors only.
|Chuck and Pish|
After an hour and 15 minutes, we arrived at the trail head which is located off of H-58, approximately 20 miles east of the town of Munising. The parking lot at the trail-head was full - not a good sign. A quick check of our gear and one quick check of the posted trail maps and we headed into the woods.
Towards the end of our hike (will this trail ever end?), we came across some of the group campsites near the southern most tip of Beaver Lake. Very nice spots directly adjacent to of of many small bogs we came across.
Arriving back at the parking lot, we unloaded our gear, stretched, loaded the car and headed back to Munising for bottled water for the trip home. As it turns out, we didn't need to worry about the full parking lot we noticed when we arrived. We saw about eight people on the trail the entire day.
Arriving back in Marquette, Chuck, Pish, and I enjoyed dinner with two other friends who couldn't hike with us. The grilled wild-caught salmon in a jerk marinade, steamed broccoli, scalloped potatoes, and more than our fair share of Pinot Noir set the stage for a wonderful homemade apple/pear crumble and vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Hey, we earned it!
|A cave underneath one of the rock cliffs.|
|Chuck and Pish head down the trail.|
|Trail through pines.|