Canyon Falls

Alberta, Michigan

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Aptly named Canyon Falls is a spectacularly scenic area that can be as mild--or as wild--as you want it to be. An official, constructed trail leads to the namesake waterfall, which is a beauty. As that path ends, the gorge area begins, offering nimble hikers an adventurous outing along its rim. Begin your hike at the marked trailhead at the southwest corner of the Canyon Falls roadside park. Walk southwest on a broad, graveled path, the Canyon Falls Trail. About 400 paces from the parking area, the trail nears the Sturgeon River and its swift water. A series of low ledge drops—most just a few inches and one waist high—adds to the current’s velocity as it nears Canyon Falls. This stretch of river is worth taking your time over.
Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

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Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula

by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)

Aptly named Canyon Falls is a spectacularly scenic area that can be as mild--or as wild--as you want it to be. An official, constructed trail leads to the namesake waterfall, which is a beauty. As that path ends, the gorge area begins, offering nimble hikers an adventurous outing along its rim.

Begin your hike at the marked trailhead at the southwest corner of the Canyon Falls roadside park. Walk southwest on a broad, graveled path, the Canyon Falls Trail. About 400 paces from the parking area, the trail nears the Sturgeon River and its swift water. A series of low ledge drops—most just a few inches and one waist high—adds to the current’s velocity as it nears Canyon Falls. This stretch of river is worth taking your time over.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alberta
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best May through October
Local Contacts: Copper Country State Forest Michigan Department of Natural Resources, (906) 353-6651, www.michigan.gov/dnr
Local Maps: USGS Vermilac
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon Falls

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