Hunts' Guide to The Upper Peninsula

Silver Mountain

Silver Mountain top west
Don Hunt
Even on a cloudy day like this, the vistas from the rocky top of Silver Mountain are splendid. This is the view toward the west.

This splendid mountain-top lookout has been preserved from erosion by a cap of resistant granite. It's reached by a trail that's mostly stairs, enough to leave visitors huffing and pufing as they near the top. The vista looks across old-growth hardwood forests.

Some more adventurous souls choose to descend along the steep cliff on the mountain's west side.

The mountain's name comes from a mid-19th century unsucessful silver mine bored horizontally from its base. You can see the mine's entrance to the left of the stairway.

A fire tower used to stand on the summit. The land is managed in cooperation with the USDA with wilderness ethics in mind.
Silver Mountain—Prickett Lake
Don Hunt
From a separate rocky peak of the mountain is a view northeast of Prickett Lake 2.5 miles away. Prickett is actually an artificial reservoir of the Sutrgeon River created by a dam to generate electricity.

The parking area is off FR 2270, four miles northwest of the Sturgeon Falls trailhead. Once at the parking lot, you can either take the stairway path up or a natural path to the left.

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