|The climb isn't easy, but the reward on a sunny day is fantastic—the vivid blue of Superior surrounding the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.|
The journey to Bare Bluff is a dual challenge. First is the 2.5-mile ride on an extremely bumpy road where at times, if you don't slow to a crawl, you'll risk hurting your vehicle. Then there's the 2-mile hike to the sheer bluff, which gets steeper the closer you get to the top. But the trek's worth it. After a long while of trudging through a delightful forest, suddenly the vista opens up, made possible by giant rock outcroppings. The bare bluff is just that, and a false step can send you hurtling straight down a couple hundred feet.
|The path through the woods to Bare Bluff.|
If you're up to it, you can continue north on the trail down, making a 3-mile loop to get back to where you started up. (—2007)
From Lac la Belle, take Bete Grise Road east to Smith Fisheries Road, just before you reach the bay. (For some reason the road has a no trespassing sign, which you can ignore.) Keep on Smith Fisheries Rd. for 2.5 miles until you get to a spot to the right with parking for 3-4 cars. This is the entry that begins with the Michigan Nature Association's signs to the bluff. After a .7-mile walk down the old road, a blue sign to the left signals the beginning of the hiking trail. Soon another sign with a map of the 3-mile loop emerges. As you head up, be sure to follow the blue stenciled arrows. At one point fairly near the bluffs, the trail dips for a short way and the trail makes an unmarked lefthand turn which is easy to miss. Be careful when you reach the sheer bluff. This isn't a safe place for children nor an enjoyable outing for someone who isn't up to climbing what amounts to steps to the top of a 30-story building.
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