As fall blankets the Keweenaw in vibrant color, it’s a great time to explore some of the best vistas and vantage points the Keweenaw has to offer. Take in panoramic views of vast Keweenaw forest as it stretches to the shores of Lake Superior. Grab your camera and get ready to discover some of our favorite spots to view the fall color from way up high!
Brockway Mountain Drive
Consistently ranked as one of the most scenic drives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Brockway Mountain Drive offers superior views of Keweenaw forest, the Big Lake, and the charming small town of Copper Harbor. This 8.8-mile scenic drive will take you to the top of Brockway Mountain where there are several places to park, stretch your legs, and take in the magic of the fall color.
Brockway Mountain Drive offers panoramic views of Keweenaw forest and Lake Superior.
Located between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor, this stretch of road is the highest above sea-level drive between the Rockies and Alleghenies. This is also a great sunset spot and offers exceptional views of the night sky. Check out additional scenic drives here.
Mount Baldy – Helmut & Candis Stern Preserve
If you appreciate incredible views at the end of a good hike, Mount Baldy is for you! Find the trailhead on Eagle Harbor Cutoff Road and lace up your hiking boots for a 6-mile out and back hike. The hike up Mount Baldy is a steady 3-mile uphill climb. For the best experience, we recommend bringing along a backpack with some hydrating beverages and a snack to enjoy when you reach the summit.
After a long hike to the top of Mount Baldy, you will be treated to incredible views of the Keweenaw.
Spend some time at the top of this unique bluff and take in the views of Keweenaw forestland, Lake Bailey, and Lake Superior. Pack a pair of binoculars and see what wildlife you can spot from the peak! For a truly immersive experience, we recommend listening to The Nature Conservancy’s audio tour of this preserve.
Responsible Recreation Tip: Treeless openings result in rare plant species in this location. Thin soils cause shallow rooting and harsh conditions for this unique vegetation. Make sure to stay on trail to prevent damage to the vegetation, as these plants can take a long time to recover from excessive foot-traffic.
Mount Horace Greeley
Home of the former Calumet Air Force Station, Mount Horace Greeley stands at an elevation of 1,512 feet. It’s that highest point in the Keweenaw and can offer some incredible views of the peninsula. To get in, you will need to book a tour with Open Skies Project, LLC. Open Skies Project purchased the property in 2021 with the goal of restoring the property, preserving its history, and making it open to the public.
This 1950’s era cold war radar base operated for nearly 40 years and included a housing cantonment area. When you book a tour, your guide will show you around the site, allowing you to enter various buildings to learn more about the history of the base. If you are okay with heights, your guide will even take you to the top of one of the old cellular towers where you will have the most expansive views of the Keweenaw Peninsula. With a pair of binoculars, you will be able to make out spots like Mount Bohemia, Lac La Belle, Calumet, and even the Quincy Mine! The views are panoramic and phenomenal. Please remember to book a tour before you go.
Cliff View Trail
Mount Bohemia Ski Resort offers over 12 miles of hiking trails in Lac La Belle, MI. The one that we recommend the most for this time of year is the Cliff View Trail. This easy to moderate hike takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. It winds through Keweenaw forest and offers scenic lookout points where you will have some of the best views in the Keweenaw.
Marked by blue cones and some signage, the Cliff View Trail should be easy to follow. If you need additional directions, staff inside the lodge are always willing to help. Wind down with a slice of pizza or a drink from Mount Bohemia’s North Pole Bar, then enjoy a soak in the Upper Peninsula’s largest outdoor hot tub at the Nordic Spa.
Hungarian Falls Nature Area
Located in Hubbell, MI, the Keweenaw Land Trust's Hungarian Falls Nature Area offers an easy hike through vibrant forest to the Hungarian Falls. Follow the trail upstream to Upper Falls or downstream to view Middle and Lower Falls. As you explore the nature area you will also be treated to incredible views of Keweenaw forest stretching to meet Torch Lake. If the water is low, you will be able to cross the river at various points around Upper and Middle Falls. The trails on the other side of the river offer some of the most expansive views of fall color. Be sure to navigate this nature area carefully, as there are some steep cliffs and drops offs.
South of Houghton in the Ottawa National Forest is a hidden gem known as Silver Mountain. Named after the Silver River, this massive outcrop of basalt rises over 250 feet above the surrounding landscape. The top of the mountain is only 0.9 miles from the parking area and is considered to be an intermediate-difficult climb over rugged terrain.
Although our photo was not taken during the fall, you can imagine how beautiful it would be once those leaves begin to change!
Once you make it to the top of the rocky outcrop, you will be treated to incredible views of Prickett Lake and the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness Area. Check out our Guide to Hiking the Keweenaw’s Silver Mountain for more hiking tips and a brief introduction to the geological and mining history of this location.
Looking for more fall adventures? Check out our Top Ten Ways to Experience Fall Color here.
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