After multiple snow events this fall, we are now having unusually warm weather. Today temperatures could break records with numbers in the upper 60s or low 70s. Yesterday it was not quite that warm with temperatures in the 50s, but it was a beautiful sunny day -- perfect for hiking. After thinking about our options, my friend, Helen Riley, and I decided to use two cars, leaving one at Chapel Parking and then driving around 15 miles to begin our hike at the Beaver Lake area trailhead. I must admit, the six mile road into Chapel was like an obstacle course. There were trees down, requiring us to drive around them, as well as dozens of muddy, and sometimes deep puddles. Since we were maneuvering vehicles, between the two of us we had to drive down that "road" four times!
When I was driving down the six mile road from Melstrand to Chapel parking, I had to stop and take a photo of the white birch trees.
We started our hike at the Beaver Lake Trailhead and headed 1.5 miles to the Lake Superior shoreline.
The first half mile of the trail was extremely treacherous. There were tree roots, lots of mud. rocks, and leaves covering everything. Thankfully, we survived the obstacle course.
There were very few sections of boardwalk. We wished there was more!
All along this first section of trail, there were incredible sandstone cliffs.
Around half way to the lakeshore we entered the Beaver Basin wilderness area.
Finally, we reached the shoreline and headed west down the North Country Trail.
The photos will continue tomorrow.....