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blue Escarpment Trail

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3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 477' 145 m
Descent: -775' -236 m
High: 1,563' 476 m
Low: 990' 302 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Epic views of Lake Superior from this high ridge.

samh Haraldson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

A trip out on Escarpment Ridge provides epic views of Lake Superior, the Carp River Valley, and Lake of the Clouds. This is a wild, rocky, wind-swept wonderland that gives the hiker a sense of grandeur.

This area provides some of the finest airy views in all of the Midwest and at places feels very much like true mountain hiking. The effort required to gain the "high country" is relatively minimal, which can be appealing for those wishing to feel like they're really getting into the backcountry while not having to spend days and days doing it.

Flora & Fauna

Flora and fauna in the Porkies are quite abundant. One may witness black bear, fisher, red squirrel, varying hare, red fox, gray wolf, coyote, bobcat, porcupine, striped skunk, and on occasion, moose. And the spring display of wildflowers in May is spectacular and the woodland wildflowers in summer continue this excellence. Coral-root orchids, rattlesnake plantain orchids, and many others. Ferns, clubmosses, lichens, and mosses are also in abundance.

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Feb 2, 2018
Jeff Pidcock
Heavy snowfall and blowing winds made tracking the trail difficult. Worth the attempt and finding an area to camp overnight was tricky.

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