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Checkout of our air b & b was at 11am but we got up early enough to be out by 9am. We were excited to tackle the hike back to Chapel Falls. As I said in my previous post, we didn’t hike it the day before because we were unaware of how far the walk was and also unprepared, but we were ready now.
We arrived at Chapel Falls and to our surprise were informed by DNR that dogs were not allowed. This was disappointing. However, the DNR was friendly enough to reccomend another option for us. He told us to go East of Chapel Rd until we reach Hurricane Trail. There we would find a dog friendly trail that would take us along the coastline of Lake Superior to the Au Sable Lighthouse. We were grateful for his help and headed that way.
On our drive down Alger County Rd H-58 we discovered an observation deck of Lake Superior. We stopped to check it out and my gosh, it was beautiful! Thankfully there were stairs that led us down to the beach so we could walk along the shore and watch the waves. It was really windy that day so the waves were huge and there weren’t many people out. We pretty much had the beach to ourselves which made it even better.
Sidenote: I would reccomend packing a cooler with sandwich supply. We carried ours around the two days we were here and made them whenever we needed. This was a huge help since not much is around for food unless you go into town. It also made things easier for us since we had our dog.
Shortly after the lookout on Lake Superior we reached the Parking lot for Hurricane Trail. The trail itself was a 1.5 miles long. It was a wide gravel trail, very easy to walk down, and easy to push the stroller on. It was right next to the coastline of Lake Superior. There are signs along the shoreline to show you were old shipwrecks were. We didn’t see any ship remains but they say if you walk in the water you might. At the end of the trail is the Au Sable Lighthouse. We were also able to see the Grand Sable Dunes from there. We sat on a deck near the water and soaked it all in. This was my favorite spot. The views were incredible and there couldn’t have been a better day to be there.
Our time at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was unforgettable. We saw some of the most beautiful sights we’ve ever seen. As a family we faced challenges, explored new territory, and shared appreciation for eachother and our experiences. We bonded together and grew.
If you love nature, hiking, and beautiful scenery this is the trip for you. I absolutely reccomend checking it out. The views alone will blow you away.