December 5, 2013
There are a lot of fantastic snowshoe trails along the North Shore of Lake Superior, and the frozen rivers are simply spectacular.
Here are some photos from my trip up a (mostly) frozen river, just north of East Bay Suites. Before I do, however, I need to stress that while this is a relatively gentle hike it is always dangerous to walk on frozen rivers. The thickness of the ice varies greatly, and (as you’ll soon see), there can be large patches of (very cold) open water.
It was a bit cloudy when we got started, but that would soon pass. As you can see by the crevasse in the ice: the river freezes in unusual ways.
The sky soon cleared, and I began to regret bundling up so much. This is one of the less dangerous patches of open water I mentioned.
Not too far in we came to this small frozen waterfall. I love how the ice turns so blue!
This is the big one. Ice climbers come throughout the winter to climb this one. Not for me though. I feel safer with my feet on the ground.
After a nice afternoon of snowshoeing it was great to get back to Grand Marias just in time for the sunset.