Miners Falls and Pictured Rocks in Michigan

There is a 1.2 mile round trip hike on a gravel path through the northwoods that leads to two overlooks.  Miners River drops about 50 feet over a sandstone outcrop with 77 steps down to the lower viewing platform at the falls.  It was a wonderful walk but once you stopped at the falls, the mosquitos attacked.

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Miners Castle is the most famous formation in the Pictured Rocks.  Beginning at the picnic area, a paved foot trail leads past interpretive exhibits to breathtaking overlooks of Lake Superior and Grand Island.

The name Pictured Rocks come from the streaks of mineral stain that decorate the face of the sculpted cliffs.  Streaks on the cliffs occur when groundwater oozes out of cracks.  The dripping water contains iron, manganese, limonite, copper, and other minerals that leave behind a colorful stain as the water trickles down the cliff face.

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