A Couple Hikes

 I took a couple hikes while up at the cabin last week.  Here are some of thee photos.

First up, the South Long Lake Forest Trail near the south end of Long Lake.  This is about 1.6 miles in length and mostly wooded.  

South Long Lake Forest Trail Map
South Long Lake Forest Trail Map

It is an easy hike with well marked trails.

South Long Lake Forest Trail Marker
South Long Lake Forest Trail Marker

The color was a bit hit or miss, but it was a great day for a hike.

South Long Lake Forest Trail Color
South Long Lake Forest Trail Color

 

South Long Lake Forest Trail Color
South Long Lake Forest Trail Color

 

South Long Lake Forest Trail Color
South Long Lake Forest Trail Color

 

South Long Lake Forest Trail Color
South Long Lake Forest Trail Color

 

South Long Lake Forest Trail Color
South Long Lake Forest Trail Color

Second stop was the Whaleback Natural Area located just south of Leland.  

Whaleback Natural Area Sign
Whaleback Natural Area Sign

 

Whaleback Natural Area Trail Map
Whaleback Natural Area Trail Map

After a bit of a climb, the trail levels out and heads to a Lake Michigan overlook and an easy trail.  The view from the overlook wasn’t so good that day, but the trail was nice.

Whaleback Natural Area Trail
Whaleback Natural Area Trail

 

Whaleback Natural Area Trail
Whaleback Natural Area Trail

Heading back south, I stopped to capture this color.

Color Along M-22
Color Along M-22

This is an iconic sight along M-22, especial in the fall.

Red House along M-22
Red House along M-22

I drove to Maple City to St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, high on a hill overlooking the town and colorful trees.

St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City
St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City

 

St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City
St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City

Here’s a couple views from the bottom of the hill.

St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City
St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City

 

St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City
St. Rita and St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maple City

This was the view at an overlook on the way home.

View from Tower Rd near Maple City
View from Tower Rd near Maple City

Although the color was later than usual, it did finally appear and was spectacular.  I hope you got out to enjoy it.  I’m sorry some of my friends had to head home before the peak color hit.  Maybe next year.

Mark

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