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Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock

After hiking from the trailhead down to Lake Superior, I was welcomed to the shore by Chapel Rock.


Cliffs 1

Cliffs 1

The highlight of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the Lakeshore Trail, which follows the beautiful 200-foot tall sandstone cliffs, now and then ducking into the woods or dipping down to the water.


Livin' on the Edge

Livin' on the Edge

A young pine hangs on.


Spray Falls

Spray Falls

One of the park's many waterfalls splashes into the lake.


Gulls

Gulls

A flock of gulls glide across the lake.


Eroded Stone

Eroded Stone

Sandstone at the shore eroded into a reeflike pattern.


Sapphire Water

Sapphire Water

At times it was hard to believe I was hiking along Lake Superior and not a tropical beach.


Cliffs 2

Cliffs 2

The cliff here shows the beginnings of some caves.


Cliffs 3

Cliffs 3

The hole in this cliff is the "Grand Portal," most of which collapsed in 1900. The park has a few other portals that tour boats sail through.


Grand Portal Point

Grand Portal Point

A closer look at the (formerly) Grand Portal.


Mosquito Beach

Mosquito Beach

Over the course of three, hot, humid days, two sticky nights in a tent, and thirty miles of hiking, the chance to cool off at one of the park's many beaches was always welcome.


Tour Boat

Tour Boat

A tour boat takes park visitors on a sightseeing trip along the Pictured Rocks.