Eco-Interpretive Hiking Tours

Eco-Interpretive Hiking Tours

Estivant Pines

  • Investigate an Old Growth Forest (3hr)

This one and a half mile hike takes you through one of a kind wilderness old growth forest. Walk through groves of 300-400 year old eastern white pine (Michigan’s state tree). Learn the rich history of fire, mining and how the logging was stopped and 504 acres preserved.

Hiking Tours Michigan, Estivant Pines

Horseshoe Harbor

  • Awesome Superior Sand Dunes (3hr)

This unique piece of the Keweenaw’s north shore is a short half mile hike down to the shore and along a beautiful stone beach. Giant conglomerate beds are tipped up out to Lake Superior. A geologist dream and a botanist wonder as we study this spectacular area.

Great Sand Bay

  • Awesome Superior Sand Dunes (3hr)

Hike an easy one mile trail over old sand dunes and through pine forests. Pause at a beautiful lookout in a dune pond area rich in wildlife. Learn the history of this area which was once the Keweenaw’s wind tunnel while walking down a sandy agate beach – a perfect tour for all ages.

Bete Gris Bay

  • Pristine Sandy Beach & Bay (4hr-5hr)

Hike a beautiful wilderness sandy beach on this peaceful bay, with sand so clean it squeaks, to one of a kind Great Lakes Marsh habitat filled with rare plants and orchids to pitcher plants. One of the ten wonders of the Keweenaw!

Fish Cove

  • Immaculate Rhyolites Rock Shores (4hr-5hr)

A delightful two mile hike into a pristine rhyolite rock shore in the remote, seldom seen area. Walk the high pebble rhyolite beach out to a beautiful point.

Upson Lake / Esrey Park

  • Boreal Forest, Bogs, Beaches and Pine (3hr)

A beautiful informative hike which traverses a cross section of the Keweenaw’s geology. Hike through a boreal forest, then climb to a northern bog, cross a Lake Nipissing beach and descend into a dry northern pine forest before traversing into a cool northern hardwood forest.

Bare Bluff

  • Keweenaw’s Most Spectacular Lookout (4hr-5hr)

The longest and most strenuous of the tours, this 3 mile hike is well worth the effort. We take 4 hours to climb to the most spectacular lookout in the Keweenaw. This vista swings from Manitou Island, Keweenaw Point to Bete Gris and Point Isabelle. Hikers should be in good health, with good footwear and plenty of water and snacks. This beautiful forest, rare plant community and unique geology make this a favorite among local hikers.

Montreal River Mouth

Guided Michigan Hiking Tours, Montreal River Mouth
  • A Waterfall to “Wow” You (4hr-5hr)

The Montreal River pushed its way between the lava flows which forms the Keweenaw until it found a crack and a long cascade down to Lake Superior. This three mile hike takes you to the upper falls where the entire river drops 50 foot through a notch in the ridge. Then follow the rivers spectacular run to the Lake. The most remarkable water falls you will ever see!

Hiking with Charlie was enlightening and thrilling! His interpretation of the different ecosystems and geological forces that shaped the Keweenaw Peninsula made me understand and appreciate what I was experiencing much more so than if I was hiking alone. He identified interesting trees, shrubs and herbs explaining their interconnectedness. Hiking through the black spruce bog laced with bill berries was the highlight of the hike! Charlie pointed out the gradual transition of the white cedar swamp into the black spruce bog and identified bill berries I could eat. Charlie simply made the Keweenaw come alive!

 

Nick Schreiber

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