Spring has arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, and it’s the perfect time to trade in your winter blues for some outdoor adventure. Hiking is a great way to enjoy the rejuvenated forests and the sounds of wild critters awakening from their winter slumber. With so many trails for all skill levels and modes of exploring, you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy.
Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Loop
One of the most breathtaking places in the Upper Peninsula is Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Loop is a 7-mile moderate hike that takes you deep into the heart of the park. Along the trail, you’ll encounter breathtaking views of the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls, as well as the surrounding forests and wildlife. One of the highlights of the trail is the chance to see the falls at their most powerful during the spring thaw. The loop also takes you through old-growth Hemlock trees, which provide a stunning backdrop to the falls and are a great spot for photos.
Along the trail, you’ll encounter breathtaking views of the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls, as well as the surrounding forests and wildlife. The trail can be hiked in either direction and offers a range of terrain, from flat and easy to rocky and challenging.
One of the highlights of the Tahquamenon Falls Wilderness Loop is the chance to see the falls at their most powerful. During the spring thaw, the falls are at peak volume, and the sight and sound of the water rushing over the rocks is truly awe-inspiring. The loop also takes you through old-growth Hemlock trees, which provide a stunning backdrop to the falls and are a great spot for photos.
Voyageur Island, located just a short paddle from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, is a unique outdoor destination that offers a mix of land and water adventures. Once you arrive at Voyageur Island, you’ll find a variety of trails to explore, ranging from the smooth and easy boardwalk to rustic walking paths with some steep inclines and uneven terrain. One of the highlights of a trip to Voyageur Island is the opportunity to paddle alongside the Great Lakes freighters as they make their way through the river. It’s an awe-inspiring experience to be so close to these massive vessels, and it’s a unique perspective that you can only get from the water.
The Monocle Lake Trail is a beautiful and easy hike that is located just west of Sault Ste. Marie. The trailhead is easy to find, and the hike itself takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. One of the highlights of the Monocle Lake Trail is the Mission Point Outlook, which offers a stunning view of the lake and Whitefish Point. The trail is perfect for families with young children or anyone looking for a short and easy hike that offers beautiful views.
If you’re looking for a longer hike, you can combine the Monocle Lake Trail with other nearby trails, such as the North Country Trail. These trails offer more challenging terrain and longer distances, but they also offer even more stunning views of the surrounding forests, lakes, and rivers.
When you head out for a hike, make sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress in layers, as the weather can be unpredictable. Don’t forget your camera, as you’ll want to capture the stunning beauty of the falls and the surrounding wilderness. And if you’re paddling alongside the Great Lakes freighters, be sure to give them plenty of room and stay alert for any changes in their course.
To get the most out of your hiking experience in Sault Ste. Marie, consider tagging all of your outdoor adventures in the Eastern Upper Peninsula with #ilovethesoo on social media. For more Sault Ste. Marie fun, follow the city’s official accounts on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, and Instagram. Happy hiking!