Yes, there are sunrises all over the world, but it still stops me to see the glory of the sun asserting itself in different locals. It takes on special meaning when you are sleeping under a blanket of stars. Occationally using my camera to good advantage. In Pictured Rocks you will get plenty of opportunity.
The coastline is made of sandstone, and one section of the trail is along the dunes. These are steep walls where the rock has been reduced to sand. We enjoyed a day playing on the dunes. Leaving our packs at the top, we run as fast as we can and jump as far as we can, landing in the soft sand, and rolling down to the water's edge. then it takes about an hour to climb back up. Leave your shoes and socks behind, as they are a hinderance on the way up. After a week in Hiking boots your feet will enjoy their outing.
Laughing Whitefish Falls
This cascading 100 ft. waterfall is the central feature of the 960 acre Laughing Whitefish Falls State Park. Little developed, the only facilities in the park are a small parking area, picnic tables, outhouse, and a hand water pump. Camping is not permitted. A well groomed .8 mile trail leads through a mature white pine and hemlock forest to the falls. Wooden stairs and three platforms allow viewing from the top, middle, and bottom.
To find the falls follow Hwy #94 west of Munising approximately 23 miles to the very small village of Sundell. Turn north up Sundell road for about two miles to the park. This road is narrow and will become gravel before you reach the park.
Chapel Rock and Beach
This fantastic rock formation rises beside a spectacularly beautiful beach, complete with a small waterfall which flows from the forest into Lake Superior. It's a spot you will long remember, but to reach it is a six mile (round trip) hike. Karen and I thoroughly enjoyed this walk, past the high cascading Chapel Falls, and through a deep woods that had an unusually high population of chipmunks. Black Bear are not uncommon along the trail, although we were not fortunate to see one.
Reach the trailhead by following H-58, 15 miles east of Munising, past the small town of Melstrand, and in another mile or so you will see a sign on the left pointing to the Chapel area. Turn onto this narrow, bumpy, dirt road and follow it to a fork, stay right, and you will see the trailhead parking area. It is possible to make a loop by taking the Chapel Falls trail one way and the Mosquito Trail the other. Signs at the trailhead help explain the route.
Grand Island is a National Recreation area on an island that is part of the Hiawatha National Forest. MoBOCo, Inc. operates the passenger ferry to and from Grand Island. The boats will leave from the Grand Island Landing dock west of Munising and arrive at Williams Landing on Grand Island. Here you will find camping, hiking, and the possibility of spotting black bears in the wild.