It was astoundingly beautiful out, so Thunderdog and I jumped into the car after work and headed up to Gooseberry to find some nice fall hiking. The place was PACKED, of course - but we were determined to find some solitude. Luckily, most visitors to Gooseberry seem to stay within a quarter-mile radius of the falls, so we just picked the farthest out trail and headed towards it.
|We DID go take a look at the waterfall. Not a lot of water going over it...|
When I looked at the park map, I decided we'd take the Superior Hiking Trail straight north and then the park's trails until we reached the northernmost point of the park. Then we'd head west to a shelter that we saw on the map, and then head back. All in all, it would be about 3.8 miles of hiking.
|A pretty path|
|A lovely view to the lake below|
|ORANGE!! and BLUE!!|
It was a beautiful, exhilarating, and fun hike for a Monday afternoon in September. The colors were dramatic in a few places, but for the most part it was still quite green. Lots of coniferous trees, though. We picked the right trail: we didn't run into a single other person once we left the crowds at the falls.
|CCC camp ruins|
We've passed the Civilivan Conservation Corps camp ruins a few times before, but I kept forgetting to get a picture. They're not that far from the current visitor center - a few toppled chimneys and some foundations. Thunderdog nosed about in them for a bit before deciding that they were not filled with squirrels and other critters.
That's about it! More excitement coming up this weekend - Joe is returning to the North Shore for a second weekend in a row so that we can check out even MORE amazing fall color. Stay tuned!
Total miles hiked today: (this park) 3.8
Total miles hiked (in 2012): 136.3
Total ticks today: Joe - n/a; Thunderdog - 0; Elly - 0
Total ticks (in 2012): 49