Point Abbaye'

This is one of the most beautiful spots in Michigan that most casual travelers have never heard of. It is also a rather remote spot and will require investing the better part of a full day to visit. As you stand at Point Abbaye' and look out over the waves of Lake Superior pounding and crashing on the wind swept rocks, you can almost hear the rigging of the tall ships of French explorers as they entered this magical region 400 years ago. If you look to your left you can see the iron range of the Keweenaw Peninsula and to your right you can see the wilds of the Huron Mountains. This is one of the few places in Michigan where both are visible. The trip involves an eleven mile drive on an old sandy two track or “snake trail” as we used to call them. This track is unimproved and your top speed will be about 15 miles per hour.

At the end of this drive you will enter a small parking area that is not paved with no facilities. It is entirely possible that you will be the only one there. There are two or three hiking trails marked out that lead to the point itself.  The trails are also unimproved but are certainly usable by casual visitors. Other than water and a camera, no special equipment is required. The shortest trail will get you out to Point Abbaye' in 15 or 20 minutes. When you get there you leave the forest and step out onto an enormous rock shelf that overlooks the lake. Care should be taken as the rocks can be slippery and there are no facilities here, this is pure Michigan wilderness.

When you decide you have had enough natural beauty and want to return to your car, there is an option other than taking the trails back. The physically fit and adventurous might want to walk back along the shoreline. The entire way is nothing but rocks and rock cliffs with huge splashes of spray, great giant pines and pure Lake Superior forming pools and rivulets. If you keep Lake Superior on your right hand side you will eventually get back to the parking area. The hike along the shore is extremely rough, slippery and can be wet if the wind is up. However, it is just too beautiful and you can get pictures like no other.

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