Monday, September 11, 2017

Highpoints #41, 42 and 43: Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota

This post is way overdue and out of chronological order, but I never blogged about the state high points we knocked off this summer! Besides my successful summit of Oregon's Mt. Hood paired with Justin's not-so-sucessful second attempt to summit Hood, we checked off 3 more high points, bringing us to a grand total of 43/50!

We actually hit Wisconsin's high point, Timms Hill, way early in our road trip on our way eastbound. We squeezed it in between events because it was "on the way." At 1,051.5 feet, it's just a mere 1/2 mile from the car with a fantastic wooden tower you can climb to look out onto the hills of Wisconsin and smell the cheese. I'm kidding, you don't actually smell cheese.




As for Michigan and Minnesota, they were part of the latter end of our road trip when we skimmed the border of Canada. Those 2 high points rank up there with the list of "most out of the way." But, that upper peninsula of Michigan as well as northern Minnesota blew us away with beauty, again really reminding us of northern Maine. 

Michigan's Mt. Arvon (1,979 feet) was the easiest of the 3, although we had to drive miles of dirt roads that could be treacherous when muddy to get there. Otherwise, we popped out of the car and walked maybe 200 yards to the signpost. There was even a picnic table for resting once we got there. 



Minnesota's Eagle Mountain (2,301 feet) was more of a hike (7 miles round trip), but the trail is flat, well-marked and has very little elevation gain. In fact, the hardest part of the trail were the mosquitos and black flies. I'm pretty sure we ran most of the miles with our impeccable timing of late July, the height of bug season. But, the highpoint is in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with an amazing clearing overlooking the Boundary Waters when you reach the summit and with the right amount of wind, it makes for a great picnic spot.  




Our last 7 high points will most likely be the most challenging for one reason or another, but hopefully next summer we'll tick off a few more!