Hunts' Guide to The Upper Peninsula

Upper & Lower Hungarian Falls

Hungarian Falls
Robert Goniea

The dropoff from Laurium to Lake Linden and Hubbell on Torch Lake is spectacularly steep and scenic because, with the lake just ahead, you're descending along the edge of the of tilted volcanic crust that broke off along the copper-bearing fault line. The drive along M-26 is dramatic. So are the hill's two series of waterfalls. Douglass Houghton Falls, on private property off M-26, has been closed to public access. But the various falls of Hungarian Creek, tucked above and behind a neighborhood in Hubbell, are just as worthwhile a destination. Sudden dropoffs make it no jaunt for rambunctious children. Follow Hungarian Creek downstream past two unnamed falls in a shady canyon. After about 1/4 mile of steep, root-filled trail you will reach the dramatic, 15-foot Lower Hungarian Falls dropping across a series of rocky steps.
From M-26 in Hubbell, go up Sixth St. opposite the giant concrete foundations of the stamping mill. In 1 block take the left fork and soon see the bridge where you can park and take either the south or north path upstream. Driving farther uphill there is a metal gate to the left where you can park and walk toward the dam and upper falls. The intertwining network of trails here can make this option tricky and disorienting.
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Upper & Lower Hungarian Falls. A dramatic walk along a succession of falls, all the more awesome because it's off the official tourist grid ... more

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