Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big Bay Adventure -- Post 3: Michigan High Point

Continuing with the photos from this past weekend, today I'll include the pictures taken during the drive to the high point in Michigan.  This drive was truly an adventure.  We decided to drive the back roads -- and yes they were.  To make the drive even more challenging, we drove through the massive construction for the new Eagle Mine.  I must admit, it felt like we were being invaded by a foreign army.  I knew that the new mine is a big deal, but it is way more massive than I expected.  One of the mine supervisors who came into my museum told me that they expect to extract all the ore in around five years.  It is amazing that they are building miles of roads, replacing all the bridges, and constructing buildings and other mining infrastructure that will encompass many square miles.

Once we cleared the Eagle Mine construction, we hit the back roads.  The road was wet with lots of "lakes."

Not including the time we spent at the top of Mount Arvon, it took us over five hours to drive 50 miles.

There were many different ecosystems that we drove through.

Beaver dam....

The Yellow Dog River is one of the most pristine rivers in the state.  The Eagle Mine operation will unfortunately change and pollute the river.


After lots of hours of back road driving, we finally arrived to the high point of Michigan.

Although there is not a view from the actual high point, there is a great view from an escarpment located a couple of hundred feet away.

Diana signing the high pointers log book....

Michigan is ranked 38th in the list of high points.

United States State High Points (plus DC)
RankStatePeak Elev-Feet 
1.AlaskaMount McKinley20,320
2.CaliforniaMount Whitney14,495
3.ColoradoMount Elbert14,433
4.WashingtonMount Rainier14,411
5.WyomingGannett Peak13,804
6.HawaiiMauna Kea13,796
7.UtahKings Peak13,528
8.New MexicoWheeler Peak13,161
9.NevadaBoundary Peak13,140
10.MontanaGranite Peak12,799
11.IdahoBorah Peak12,662
12.ArizonaHumphreys Peak12,633
13.OregonMount Hood11,239
14.TexasGuadalupe Peak8749
15.South DakotaHarney Peak7242
16.North CarolinaMount Mitchell6684
17.TennesseeClingmans Dome6643
18.New HampshireMount Washington6288
19.VirginiaMount Rogers5729
20.NebraskaPanorama Point5426
21.New YorkMount Marcy5344
23.OklahomaBlack Mesa4973
24.West VirginiaSpruce Knob4861
25.GeorgiaBrasstown Bald4784
26.VermontMount Mansfield4393
27.KentuckyBlack Mountain4139
28.KansasMount Sunflower4039
29.South CarolinaSassafras Mountain3554
30.North DakotaWhite Butte3506
31.MassachusettsMount Greylock3487
32.MarylandBackbone Mountain3360
33.PennsylvaniaMount Davis3213
34.ArkansasMagazine Mountain2753
35.AlabamaCheaha Mountain2405
36.ConnecticutMount Frissell-South Slope2372
37.MinnesotaEagle Mountain2301
38.MichiganMount Arvon1978
39.WisconsinTimms Hill1951
40.New JerseyHigh Point1803
41.MissouriTaum Sauk Mountain1772
42.IowaHawkeye Point1670
43.OhioCampbell Hill1549
44.IndianaHoosier Hill1257
45.IllinoisCharles Mound1235
46.Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812
47.MississippiWoodall Mountain806
48.LouisianaDriskill Mountain535
49.DelawareEbright Azimuth442
50.District of ColumbiaReno Reservoir415
51.FloridaBritton Hill345

ChristopherM at en.wikipedia:


  1. It appears that blogspot is down today (Oct 10th). I could get to this comment box, but not to the page that lets me post.

  2. Found a way onto the page to post today.