Choose Your Pace: Hiking Discoveries Along Lake Superior's Shores
On an at-your-pace exploration on foot, explore the shores of Lake Superior and learn about human and natural history of the region from geology to Ojibwe native culture.
Program No. 21937RJ
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20 meals
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Arrival, Introductions, Dinner, Overview of Program
Duluth, MN
Days Inn

Activity note: Less than 1/3 mile walking

Afternoon: Meet at the Days Inn Lobby at 4:00 pm. There you can get checked into your room. Your leaders will then go over introductions and the week's itinerary.

Dinner: Dinner will be at Blackwoods Restaurant.

Evening: Orientation During Evening: As you get briefed on the schedule, please know that indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

Hike MN Point, Meyer's Beach to Sea Cave Overlook, Bayfield
Bayfield, WI
Bayfield Inn

Activity note: Hiking up to 5 miles total at Minnesota Point and Meyer's Beach; sand beaches and unpaved hiking trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the Days Inn.

Morning: We will hike along Minnesota Point, the largest freshwater sand spit in the world, then board ACNW vans and depart for the Bayfield Peninsula, the northernmost point in mainland Wisconsin, for an educational hike with our Group Leaders on beautiful Meyer's Beach to the Sea Caves Overlook.

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at Meyer's Beach.

Afternoon: Next we’ll ride to Frog Bay for an educational hike with our Group Leaders

Dinner: We will have a delicious dinner out in Bayfield, WI

Evening: After dinner, we will settle into our rooms at the Bayfield Inn.

Madeline Island /Big Bay St.Park /Great Lakes Visitor Center/ Porcupine Mountains Wilderness St. Park
Silver City, Michigan

Activity note: Hiking up to 5.5 miles total; combination of sand beach and unpaved hiking trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Bayfield Inn

Morning: We’ll transfer via van to the ferry for Madeline Island. This, the largest island of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, was sacred to the Ojibwe. With our Group Leaders, we’ll enjoy an educational hike through Big Bay State Park’s sandstone bluffs, lakeside dunes, bogs, and forests.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch on Madeline Island.

Afternoon: After the ferry back to the mainland, we’ll stop in at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Then we will say goodbye to Wisconsin and enter the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and hike in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Dinner: We will enjoy another delicious dinner in town at Silver City this evening.

Evening: We will settle in to our rooms fro the evening.

Porcupine Mtns St. Park/ Escarpment & Union River Trails
Hancock, MI
Ramada Waterfront Hancock Hotel

Activity note: Hiking up to 6 miles total; uneven hiking trails in a wilderness setting.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the AmericInn.

Morning: This morning we will hike on the Escarpment Trail in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This park is 48,000 acres of virgin hardwoods and hemlocks with beautiful vistas of Lake Superior. Our destination will be 1,600 foot Cuyahoga Peak with its views of the Lake of the Clouds below.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore of Lake Superior.

Afternoon: We’ll hike along the beach at Union River with our Group Leaders, then make the 70 mile drive to Hancock for the evening.

Dinner: At a popular restaurant serving fresh baked breads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, fish, steaks, a soup and salad bar plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will head back to our rooms for the evening.

McClain St Park, Calumet Visit. Cen., Keweenaw Historic Park
Hancock, MI
Ramada Waterfront Hancock Hotel

Activity note: Today we will hike up to 6 miles on unpaved nature trails.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Magnuson Inn

Morning: We will hike the shores of Lake Superior at beautiful McClain State Park this morning with our Group Leaders.

Lunch: We will enjoy lunch at the locally famous Michigan House Cafe and Pub.

Afternoon: We’ll drive to Calumet and its Visitor Center, operated by the Keweenaw National Historical Park. After taking in the Center’s exhibits about the town — once the center of the Upper Peninsula’s mining industry — we’ll walk through the Calumet Downtown Historic District to learn about its history from our Group Leaders. Next, we’ll ride to the Hecla Mine Site at Keweenaw National Historic Park for a short hike. The site of the largest lava flow ever discovered on earth, the Hecla has been an active copper mine for centuries. Native American artifacts made from its copper have been found throughout North America.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at the Houghton Brew Pub.

Evening: Evening on your own at the hotel.

Fort Wilkins Historic Park, Hunter's Point Historic Park, Brockway Mountain, Estivant Pines, Jampot, Eagle River Falls
Eagle River, Michigan
Eagle River Inn

Activity note: Hiking up to 5 miles; paved and unpaved trails and surfaces.

Breakfast: The buffet breakfast offers hot and cold items plus coffee, tea, juices, water.

Morning: After checking out of our hotel, we’ll drive to Copper Harbor, once a booming port town, for hikes with our Group Leaders. We’ll stop along the way at Fort Wilkins Historic Park and Hunter's Point Park. Fort Wilkins is a restored frontier army base built to protect the shoreline; Hunter’s Point offers gentle nature walks along the shore.

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at McLain State Park.

Afternoon: We’ll stop at Brockway Mountain to take in its panoramic views of Lake Superior, then continue for a hike with our Group Leaders at Estivant Pines, a 500-acre sanctuary protecting magnificent 600 year old pines. We’ll proceed with a visit to the Jampot, where a Byzantine Rite Monastery offers “the work of our hands” in homemade jams, jellies, preserves, and baked goods. Finally, we’ll visit Eagle River Falls on our drive also

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner at renowned Fitzgerald's Restaurant.

Evening: We will settle into our rooms for the evening.

Hike along the Gatriot River, Hike at Amnicon Falls State Park, Return to Duluth.
Duluth, MN
Days Inn

Activity note: Hiking up to 5 miles; uneven hiking trails

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After checking out of our hotel, we’ll start our drive back to Duluth, first stopping for a gorgeous hike along the Gatriot River.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: Continuing our drive, we will stop for a hike at beautiful Amnicon Falls State Park, with many rapids and plunging waterfalls. We will continue through Wisconsin and arrive at Duluth late afternoon.

Dinner: Duluth has many wonderful restaurants and you will be treated to one for your last dinner with the program.

Evening: Our Group Leaders will host a closing conversation about the program, with a chance for all of us to share our favorite experiences.

Duluth, MN

Breakfast: At the Hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we say our goodbyes and wish you well on your next journeys- whether home or another adventure.

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