Took a road trip this week-end for Munising Ice Curtains Nature Photography! And boy, Upper Peninsula Nature Photography did not disappoint! The ice formations against the gorgeous and rugged rock is a site to behold. So, in case you didn’t know I’m a huge fane of Michigan, the state and especially the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula! If you’re planning a trip and have any questions let me know. Just today a friend asked if they could fill a week around Munising. I quickly replied with an itinerary that should keep them all busy for a week, and then some. What started out as a trip to see the Mackinac Bridge Blue Ice quickly transformed to extending our destination to Munising. I can’t get that close to the UP and not go and stay for a bit. Even though I went to Michigan Tech in Houghton there is still quite a bit that I have not explored. We planned on going to the Eben Ice Caves in Eben Junction but doing a little more researched I switched out main destination the Ice Curtains in Munising.
So after a stop at the Mackinac Bridge and Tahquamenon Falls we spent the night in Munising. In the morning we drove to H-58, the road towards Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and took the turn off for Sand Point Road. We parked at the lot for Marsh Trail. This is also a popular spot for ice fishing out on the bay so it fills up and the day we were there people parked along the road even though it is technically not allowed. We walked back along the road until we saw the first sign (about 12″ square) noting the trail to No Boundaries. The trails are well travelled so the snow is backed but it’s not the easiest trek. This year there are fallen trees so we were climbing under and over them. The packed snow gets slick when there is an incline so even before you make it to the ice, ice cleats are pretty much a must have. People also slide down the trails where the decline is steep so so spots are really slick. At No Boundaries we watched some ice climbers. There were ice climbing lessons by Downwind Sports going which was cool to watch. Downwind Sports is a great store and the perfect place to buy your ice cleats, or rent equipment.
We returned to the road and continued back to the next signs for Amphitheater, then Dryer Hose then Curtains. Dryer Hose features a 35′ frozen waterfall, with more ice climbers. Grand Island has amazing ice formations and ice climbing but requires more time and logistics to get there and the ice is not as thick this year, although people are still making the trek. Next was Curtains Ice Formations. This place was especially amazing as it was the widest expanse, with such a variety of frozen ice flows, they look like works of art. It really shows off where and how much moisture seeps out of the rocks the rest of the year. The walk back to the car is only about 3/4 of a mile. I have links to my other Upper Peninsula Nature Photography at the bottom of this post. I plan to come back and hike more of the Marsh Trail in the summer, that follows along the top of this rocky bluff.
Munising Ice Curtains Nature Photography
Thanks for checking out my Munising Ice Curtains Nature Photography. After lunch we took a tour with Lake Superior Ice Cave Tours to Miners Falls and Miners Castle in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Here are my summer Pictured Rocks photographs.
Upper Peninsula Travel Photography
Are you into hiking? If so, the North Country Trail in Michigan travels along the top of this rocky bluff. What a wonderful place to hike and take photographs. It’s on my bucket list to plan a hiking and photography trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and other fabulous spots in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Comment below if you want to keep in touch about future hiking and photography opportunities!
Upper Peninsula Nature Photography
Here are some more nature photography posts from my latest Pure Michigan Upper Peninsula winter photography trip to the Mackinac Bridge, Tahquamenon Falls and Munising. It was amazing!
My nature photography is available in prints, metals and canvas, as well as custom creations. I’ve added most of the images from this trip if you are interested in new art for your walls or as a gift. Feel free to send me a message regarding custom orders or multiple purchases. I’d love to hear your comments or questions below. Thank you!