Sugarloaf Mountain, Big Bay Lighthouse, and More Lake Superior Shoreline
While staying with Tom’s cousin and his wife we had a day in which we went out and did our own exploring. Starting at Sugarloaf Mountain, we climbed the short trail to the top where we had spectacular views of Lake Superior and the town of Marquette as well as the relatively unpopulated coast to the north. After having a snack and enjoying the view we went off in search of a waterfall selected from among the fifteen or so in the area. I can’t remember the name but I think it was the Dead River-Wright Street Falls. The trail was nicely forested and the hillside was carpeted in massive ferns that would have been over five feet high if they hadn’t collapsed under their own weight. After that we continued north to the hamlet of Big Bay and out to the lighthouse. The stately brick keeper’s quarters and cute outbuildings were very well-maintained, but the interior was inaccessible since it’s now a privately-owned bed and breakfast. Finally, we returned to Marquette and stopped to explore some of the beautiful, rocky shoreline.