Log Slide Overlook – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
While the cliffs and waterfalls of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore get a lot of the glory and most of the photographs, one more area of interest is just a few minutes off of H-58 and has a great deal of information about the history of the area and views of some of the great geological wonders of the area.
The log slide is a straight shot down a large dune that was once used to get logs down to the lake so they could be floated to Grand Marais. An overlook gives a great view of the Grand Sable Dunes (above) as well as a distant view of Grand Marais, both to the east. A plaque tells of the logging history in the area and includes a few clippings from old newspapers.
While a trip down the log slide dune may sound fun, signs advise that the trip down may take a few minutes but coming back up could take an hour. From the dune overlook, you can also see the Au Sable Point Lighthouse off to the west, its white tower poking out above the tree line. A walking trail (posted as 3 miles) can get you right there.
One thing that is easily missed when in the parking lot is the remnants of an old cabin, starting to get overtaken by the woods. An informational plaque notes that this cabin is a remnant of an earlier time when the lumber boom was in full swing long before this land became state forest and national park property. In the fall, this creates an amazing picture:
If you’re visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and driving H-58, the Log Slide Overlook shouldn’t be missed. You can learn a lot about the logging history of the area, take in breathtaking dune vistas, and get your toes sandy if you so desire. I highly recommend the fall as the autumn colors of the leaves in the trees paint an amazing landscape against the sandy dunes and cool blue waters of Lake Superior.