Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pictured Rocks Hike -- Second Posting

As we continue the documentation of the Chapel Loop hike, this segment features photos taken during the 1.8 mile section between Chapel Falls and Chapel Rock, as well as the .3 miles between Chapel Rock and the end of Chapel Beach and around a half mile along the cliffs toward Grand Portal Point. Below is this section shown in purple.

I absolutely love Chapel Rock. For many many decades this White Pine tree has survived with roots that free span over to the mainland. At one point there was a land bridge under the roots, but it broke away long ago. The tree is certainly a survivor.

I usually do not hike this trail mid-summer, so I have never seen it so busy. There were quite a few people camping as well as many boats. Everyone was enjoying the beautiful day.

As soon as you pass Chapel Beach and make the turn west, the Pictured Rocks offers you great views.

This is a view of Chapel Beach from the cliffs located west of the beach. You can see Chapel Rock in the left side of the photo.

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