PICTURED ROCKS Winter Trek

MARCH 2015: I had the pleasure of doing a three-day winter hike in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along the stunning sandstone cliffs of Lake Superior. This was probably one of the most intense and exhausting hiking experiences I have had. The nights were bitter cold; the snow was deeper and slower than I expected; and thanks to recent storms, any signs of an actual trail were pretty much buried. But it was all worth it to see the amazing ice formations in this remote winter wonderland!

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

The access road is not plowed in winter, so the approach hike to Chapel Beach is much longer and slower
than in summer, making it more suitable as a backpacking adventure.  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

The Chapel Falls pantheon in winter. The falls in the distance are completely covered in snow.  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

The famous Chapel Rock in winter colors.  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

Intense colors in the ice formations along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks!  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

A crawl space under the wall ice.  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

Late afternoon colors along the sandstone cliffs.  BUY PHOTO

Pictured Rocks Winter Trek (Michigan) -- © 2015 Joe Braun Photography

A beautiful pink winter sunset under Chapel Rock.  BUY PHOTO

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