Feb 27-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: February: Feb 27-08
Wide expanse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dan Brown
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Photos by Dan Brown
Uphill climb    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Dan Brown

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 01:03 am:

The Keweenaw is home to a number of small mountains, good for taking in an expansive view from all angles. Today we sit atop Mount Houghton, courtesy of Dan Brown. He and his friends let their legs do the climbing for us, so we get to enjoy the "fruits" of their labors. That's certainly quite the view from up atop that mountain situated in the Lac La Belle/Bete Grise area. I'm fairly certain that the top photo is looking back toward Lac La Belle, with Mount Bohemia in view on the far right. But I'm not at all certain as to which other mountains were looking at off in the distance in the second photo. Dan also shares a look at the steep climb, on snowshoes no less, that his friends and he undertook to get a first hand look at the scenery on top of the mountain. Bet they worked up a good sweat that day.

By Renee in AL (Renee) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 03:01 am:

Wow! Someone is up late (or early)! :-)
Great pictures though!!
We just got a dusting of snow down here in AL. Probably the schools will be closed in the morning because of it to. I noticed that about here. Just a little snow and a lot of things close down. Guess they are not used to dealing with it.
Have a great rest of the day all!
Besy wishes,
Renee in AL

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 07:29 am:

Geez, I'd be terrified making that climb!

By paul (Pungvait) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:21 am:

i'd guess the second photo is looking north, toward mount baldy - nice shots

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:25 am:

Nice area! I bet that would be a great hike in the summer time.

Does anyone have any information on getting there?

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:56 am:

I am pretty sure that is Mt Houghton. There is an aerial view of it with snowshoers on top on page 17 of my gallery. There is a road to it from Bete Gris side.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:56 am:

The work would have been worth the view.

By William M. Jacka Sr. (Bama) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 09:30 am:

It appears they are heading up on the south side of Mt. Houghton. That is Mt Bohemia off in the distance with Lac La Belle leading into the channel right to left. Made it twice this winter to the top of Mt. Houghton, first time in my 73 years as spent 35 early years in Bete Gris, however is was on a snowmobile up the north side and down the south side. Spectacular view.

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 09:39 am:

Renee in Al......you must live in Northern Alabama...???? My parents live in the southeast corner (Dothan). They have gotten snow I think twice in 22 years. They say everything closes too, and get a kick out of it because no one knows how to drive in the snow and they say it doesn't even usually last the day.......to bad we couldn't send some of this stuff here to you all!!

Have a blessed day and enjoy the frozen lace on the windows!!

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:29 pm:

Great Hunting and 4-wheelin back in the area of Mt. Houghton, wish we were back there now gettin Marty's truck stuck.

Beautiful pictures!

By Dan Severs (Seversda) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 12:47 pm:

To answer a couple questions from yesterday:

stix: I'm sorry, my post switched between two subjects without much explaination...I remember going to Super Saturday when I went to LL-Hubblle Elementary. In addition, I asked about the anual end-of-the school year picnic at McClains. I'm not sure what K-Day is..I'm assuming something Tech did? My father worked at Tech in the 80's, so he might remember.

Bcodere: Thanks for the info on the picnic. I remember looking forward to the trip and being by the lake all day. Unfortunately, I did not graduate from LL(nor any of my siblings). I went there till we moved in '87...my last year, I was in Mr. Hopf's 6th grade class. I would have been in the Class of '93. Oddly enough, I seem to remember a Codere in my brother's class...I think it was Joe, but I don't remember the exact name.

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 02:23 pm:

Increased logging has all but obscured the familiar guiding landmarks, except the abandoned car, when meandering to the top. GPS is highly recommended nowadays.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:27 pm:

I am also curious -- where does one start the hike from? I'm sure that an aerial map would show a number of logging trails.

By RD, Iowa (Rdiowa) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:33 pm:

What is the difference between Mt. Houghton and Bare Bluff? Is Bare Bluff on Mt. Houghton?

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 08:37 pm:

Bare Bluff is far up Keweenaw Point, away from any of the paved roads -- northeast of Lac La Belle. Mt. Houghton is somewhere near Lac La Belle, but south or west.

By Renee in AL (Renee) on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 09:54 pm:

Hello Helen (Heleninhubbel),
Yes, I live in NE AL to be exact. Right near the beginning of the Appalachian mountains. Beautiful area! Sort of reminds me of the Munising with the rolling hills/small mountains. We get snow here (usually just a dusting) 2 or 3 times a winter and it is usually gone by the next day. I did hear about a freak storm this area got back in the early 90s though where a few feet of snow fell over the course of a day or so!! Needless to say things were closed for a better part of a week.
Have a great rest of the week!
Best wishes,
Renee in AL

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 07:28 am:

Bare bluff information can be found at:
and is East of Bete Grise
off the Smith Fisheries Road on the lake side.

Mount Houghton is east and a little north of Lac La Belle almost due east of Mt. Bohemia.

By Sconie (Sconie) on Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 03:16 pm:

Actually, and inspite of the keweenaw info link, the proper name of the landmark is "Bear Bluff."

Editor's note: I've always wondered about the Bare/Bear Bluff spelling. If Bear is correct, then somebody better tell the folks that made the trail signs. Check out how it's spelled in our Archives on Sept. 13, 2002. How can we settle this debate now? :->

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