» blizzards, cliffs, icy shores, and snowdrifts
The conditions along Lake Superior were pretty extreme but I don't want to sensationalize or exaggerate things so I have employed a professional TV reporter to summarize our trip in his typical balanced and unbiased manner:

This is Kip Jantz from Channel 4 Action News reporting live from Munising, Michigan where two thrill seekers have just completed a harrowing journey along the remote lakeshore cliffs of Lake Superior, known as the Pictured Rocks.

When Megan & Lars headed north on the 26th of January for the frozen landscape of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, they didn't know if their adventure would end in jubilation or disaster. From the gripping drama of the doomed Mount Hood climbers to the heartbreaking story of the family stranded by snow in rural Oregon, we now know the dangers hidden beneath the seemingly tranquil blankets of winter snow, and this trip had all of the ingredients needed for things to go horribly wrong. Read more...

Frozen Chapel Falls.

Water flowing under the ice of Chapel Falls

Left: Megan hiking down to Chapel Falls. Right: Me sitting on Chapel Falls (Photo by Megan).

Whitecaps on Lake Superior.

Iced cliffs near Chapel Rock.

Chapel Rock.

Me on Chapel Beach where Chapel Creek flows into Lake Superior (Photo by Megan).

Cliffs southwest of Chapel Beach.

Lower Chapel Falls and Chapel Rock.

Chapel Beach. Unfortunately we had no time to sit out and sun bathe.

First cove southwest of Chapel Beach.

Same cove, the blurry white streaks are from falling snow.

Winter waves crashing around in the cove..


An iced cliff and the icy Chapel Beach.

Me skiing along Chapel Beach (Photo by Megan).

Looking towards Grand Portal Point. The yellow ice is a 90 foot formation known as Singing In The Rain.

Left: Looking back from near Grand Portal Point. Right: Megan pausing along the trail.

Grand Portal Point.

Cliffs southwest of Indian Head, and interesting wind patterns on the waves.

Left: Snow hanging from branches. Right: Icicles and sea caves.

Indian Head.

This tree picked a bad place to live, soon it will pay the price.

Left: Megan in the woods. Right: Me at the cliff edge.

A wave crashing into Lover's Leap.

Megan making her way past some ice (not snow) covered tree limbs that had fallen and blocked what we believed to be the trail.

Left: Lover's Leap. Right: Mosquito Beach.

Hiking through the woods (Photo by Megan).

Snow squall.

Megan heading from Mosquito Beach back to the trailhead.

» munising falls

Left: Frozen Munising Falls. Right: Us.


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Thinking about traveling to Pictured Rocks yourself? You might want to read my guide to Pictured Rocks.

Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2011
Ice Climbing at Pictured Rocks with a side trip to Miners Castle.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
March 4 - 5, 2010
Ice climbing in the Sand Point area of Pictured Rocks.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
October 2 - 11, 2009
Enjoying fall in the Upper Peninsula from Pictured Rocks to the Porcupine Mountains to the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
October 3, 2009
Spending a short day on the island and enjoying the views, even without the influence of fudge.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 7 - 9, 2008
Skiing & snowshoeing in the Miners Castle & Grand Sable Dunes areas. We also checked out the ice in Grand Marais & Mackinac Straits.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 17, 2007
Hiking along the ice shelf from Twelvemile Beach to Spray Falls.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 27, 2007
Skiing & hiking the Chapel Loop in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a stormy day.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 2 - 4, 2006
Ice climbing and skiing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
January 7, 2006
A backcountry ski trip to the remote lakeshore cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
July 3 - 4, 2005
Hiking in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and checking out some of the other sights in the area.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 25 - 26, 2011
Backpacking the Chapel Loop in winter, with a side trip to Spray Falls.
Bare Bluff, Michigan
October 8, 2009
A fall hike to Bare Bluff, one of the more scenic areas of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
October 4 - 11, 2009
Some stormy fall weather along the Pictured Rocks lakeshore.
Ice Climbing, Michigan
February 25 - 27, 2009
Ice climbing in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
August 30 - September 2, 2007
Back to the Great Lakes with a rare summer visit to Pictured Rocks to see what it all looks like when it's green.
Mackinac Straits & Pictured Rocks, Michigan
March 16 - 18, 2007
Skiing to Miners Castle, lingering in the Straits of Mackinac, and some other stuff.
Pictured Rocks in Fall, Michigan
October 7, 2006
Hiking the Chapel Loop & checking out other sights like Spray Falls, Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Munising Falls, Grand Sable Dunes, etc.
Pictured Rocks, Michigan
February 19 - 20, 2006
Skiing & snowshoeing the Pictured Rocks backcountry. Areas visited include: Miners Castle, Miners Beach, Twelvemile Beach, and Spray Falls.
The Upper Peninsula, Michigan
December 26 - 28, 2005
Winter pictures from Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.