Photo Gallery Friday: Hiking to Yellow Dog Falls in Marquette County
Photo Gallery Friday is a regular feature on Travel the Mitten that will help showcase photos from places where one post just isn’t enough to show off everything.
In May, I had the chance to meet up with a friend from college and go hiking in Marquette County. While we enjoyed our time exploring Sugarloaf Mountain, Wetmore Pond, Alder Falls and the Thomas Rock Overlook, the highlight of the day was without question the semi-challenging hike to Yellow Dog Falls. The trail is well-worn and easy to follow for the most part, but it gets tight in spots. We also had to ford the river to reach one of the waterfalls. The river can be deep in spots, but for the duration of the hike you will be able to see across to the other side and easily identify a shallow spot to cross if you want to. There are more falls downstream, and we look forward to returning soon to check those out – if you’re looking for a scenic hike that showcases what Marquette County is all about this is definitely one to try.
Recent road improvements have made it mush easier to get to the trailhead, and we found three good-sized drops within two miles of the parking area. Enjoy a look at some of my favorite pictures from this hike – Yellow Dog Falls can be reached by heading north out of Marquette on CR-550 (23 miles), then heading west on CR-510 (7 miles) and looking for the parking area (shown above) on the south side of the road just after crossing a steel bridge over the river.
The Big Bay Point Lighthouse is north of here and offers spectacular views of Lake Superior. We also put together a list of 10 Things To Do Between Marquette and Big Bay so visitors can make a full day out of their trip to Marquette County.