The Keweenaw Peninsula is the northernmost part of Michigan, which extends into Lake Superior, giving it multiple access points to see the lake. The northernmost part of Keweenaw Peninsula is Copper Harbor, named for the industry that flourished in the area many years ago.
We started our day by driving to Houghton and getting breakfast at a Finnish breakfast place called Suomi. Their “pannukakku” was HEAVENLY—it’s like a custard tart but the base is a cross between a pancake and a crepe. I still think about it sometimes. (I forgot to take a picture of it because I was too excited to eat it, but please do yourself a favor a google a recipe!)
We continued driving to Eagle Harbor where we came across a pebble beach. The entire beach was lined with the most beautiful rust-colored pebbles, glistening as the waves break. There is something about beaches like this that gives me peace.
After staying there for a while and enjoying the breeze and fresh air, we drove further north to the lighthouse to check out the scenic overlook.
Our first hike of the day was at Estivant Pines. I believe it was a piece of land bought by a private individual so that it can be preserved. While there wasn’t much view as a reward, the trees and fresh air was quite nice.
We also did the Bare Bluff trail, or at least part of it. The whole trail is a loop, which if done clockwise starts easy and will bring you to the clearings which offer views of Lake Superior, then down a steep rockfall onto the lower part of the trail back to the start. I wasn’t feeling very confident with my strength that day, so we skipped the downhill part and just went to the bluffs.
There were three clearings, each not too far away from the other. The views are magnificent! The big blue expanse of Lake Superior against the big blue expanse of the sky is just magical. Facing east, this must be a good place to watch the sun rise.
Going to the Keweenaw Peninsula isn’t complete without visiting the Porcupine Mountains, or “Porkies” as they call it. After paying the $9/day/vehicle fee, we did the three recommended easy hikes: Presque Isle River, Summit Peak, and Lake of the Clouds. Because these were the most popular hikes, most of the trail is on boardwalk. We saw beautiful waterfalls and great views!
We ended the day with taking a dip at a pebble beach close to the “Porkies”. Lake Superior is just the best!
It was a great week in the Keweenaw Peninsula and a great stay with our lovely hosts A&M. Hanging out in the farm, chatting around the campfire, hiking the trails, dipping in the lake, and enjoying the views—I think we made the most of our time here.