West Branch Sturgeon Falls #2, Michigan

First, I’ll mention you can find out more about the waterfalls on the West Branch Sturgeon River in my previous posts, including the first posted, West Branch Sturgeon Falls #3.

I’ll just mention again, though, that the area around the falls is rather confusing. Often, the West Branch Sturgeon River is in view, and yet there’s no easy way to follow the river as it winds through the forests of the Upper Peninsula. This makes it difficult to clearly identify where the falls are found, as there are numerous different falls. This post completes the set of 4 falls I saw, and there is Hogger Falls upstream, which I was unable to find.

The second falls is not the easiest to photograph, as there are trees blocking the view. If you find the falls, you’ll be standing almost directly above them. The river takes a somewhat sharp turn at this point. Finding falls #3 and #4 become more difficult, as there is no clearly defined trail to see these falls. It’s not necessarily bushwhacking either, as long as you keep your bearings…

Directions:

  1. We took MI-38 west out of Baraga and headed for a ways on M-38.
  2. After traveling west on M-38, you will come to Newberry Road, which will be on your left.
  3. Turn left onto Newberry Road and head 3 miles south on the dirt road.
  4. After about 3 miles, you’ll come to a “road” on your left. If you go any further, you’ll end up at the West Branch Sturgeon River, where the bridge is out. If you turn around and head north, I guess it’s the first “road” on your right.
  5. We had to stop at that road because it was blocked by a gate, and I’m not necessarily sure I would head down that road anyway.
  6. From the gate, start hiking east down the road. Keep going until it appear that the road “ends”. It seemed to be blocked by a pile of dirt and trees, though there was a trail that wrapped around to the right.
  7. Follow that trail to the right, which heads to the river. Depending on where you end up, you’ll likely see a waterfall. The first waterfall we saw was not easily visible. I then headed back west following the river very closely. The 2nd falls is not necessarily easy to photograph, but it’s probably the most noticeable of the falls.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 2.3 miles round-trip

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #2 in late September 2010

Where in the World is West Branch Sturgeon River Falls #2?

Middle Hungarian Falls #3, Michigan

Middle Hungarian Falls #3 is the least exciting of all of the waterfalls on or near the Hungarian River.  Even when the other falls are at their highest flows, this one is still pretty insignificant, as the picture from May 2009 shows below.  This small little fall is not on the main river/creek, but a very small offshoot.  You may not even notice this as you’re waking along.  It was a while ago, but I do remember it being visible from a wooden plank that crosses the Hungarian River.

Directions:

  1. You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
  2. In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
  3. Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Road. Take the road to the left.
  4. You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
  5. Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
  6. From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
  7. From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge.
  8. From this trail, you will end up passing the Lower Falls first. Then you will come to the first Middle Hungarian Falls. All of the falls can be viewed from this trail, some better than others.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: 0.9 miles round-trip

One of the Hungarian Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Middle Hungarian Falls #3?

Even Lower Hungarian Falls, Michigan

Below Lower Hungarian Falls, there are a number of smaller drops on the river that are interesting to view. These can only be viewed by making the very crazy choice to head down in to the gorge itself. It was definitely not the easiest hike I have ever done. After jumping from the riverbank onto logs, and then rock-hopping for a ways, you will reach these falls. The return journey is no simpler.

This specific waterfall is about 10′ tall, and comes in two separate drops. I think there are a few others. You might be able to tell there’s a third drop almost hidden by a log.

Directions:

  1. You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
  2. In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
  3. Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Road. Take the road to the left.
  4. You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
  5. Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
  6. From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
  7. From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge.
  8. From this trail, pay close attention. If you want to enter the gorge itself, you may notice a narrow dirt trail that leads downhill. This will lead you to the rock-hopping adventure I experienced.

Accessibility: 2/10 (strenuous)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip

A lower drop on the Hungarian River in May 2008

Where in the World is Even Lower Hungarian Falls?

Jumbo Falls, Michigan

I visited Jumbo Falls relatively near the beginning of my waterfall searches. This little waterfall is maybe not nearly as exciting after seeing many other falls, but I still find it to be interesting nonetheless. It’s just so simple, and yet that makes it enjoyable. It also has more water flowing over it than waterfalls 80 times its size! So don’t let height fool you.

I also remember the area around the falls being very beautiful. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is relatively cool throughout the year, and even in mid-August, the temperatures were very pleasant. The forest around the falls was at peak beauty, with green everywhere. It was just an enjoyable time.

Directions:

  1. Getting to the falls might be the hardest part, though it’s still relatively easy. On M-28 past Kenton (which I don’t really remember noticing), a short distance later you’ll come to Golden Glow Road.
  2. If you’re headed west on M-28, you’ll turn left onto Golden Glow Road. Head south.
  3. After a few miles, you’ll come to an intersection. Turn left at the intersection. Don’t go onto the forest service road.
  4. From there, head east along the road for a ways to a parking area for the falls. It doesn’t seem like it’s for the falls. When I visited, it had a sign about fishing, but you’re in the right area. Wander around, and follow the Jumbo River to the falls. You’ll probably hear them if you’re in the right spot. It’s only a short distance from that parking area to the falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Jumbo Falls in August 2008

Where in the World is Jumbo Falls?

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #1, Michigan

First off, apparently this set of waterfalls may have slightly different names. I thought it was the set of Lower Hogger Falls, but it also could be called West Branch Sturgeon Falls. There are four of them on the West Branch Sturgeon River, and none of them are particularly tall.  During the fall, when the colors are changing, they are beautiful.

When we showed up to find Hogger Falls, which is also on the same river just upstream, we ended up finding these 4 falls instead. Just a few days earlier, it had rained considerably, which meant that the falls were flowing well. The tannins in the water provided a beautiful golden color to the water, which only adds to the scenic nature of the area. This particular waterfall might be the largest of the four falls, but it is also the most difficult to photograph, as there isn’t really a good place to stand to view the falls. That may be different if the water in the river is lower.

Directions:

  1. We took MI-38 west out of Baraga and headed for a ways on M-38.
  2. After traveling west on M-38, you will come to Newberry Road, which will be on your left.
  3. Turn left onto Newberry Road and head 3 miles south on the dirt road.
  4. After about 3 miles, you’ll come to a “road” on your left. If you go any further, you’ll end up at the West Branch Sturgeon River, where the bridge is out. If you turn around and head north, I guess it’s the first “road” on your right.
  5. We had to stop at that road because it was blocked by a gate, and I’m not necessarily sure I would head down that road anyway.
  6. From the gate, start hiking east down the road. Keep going until it appear that the road “ends”. It seemed to be blocked by a pile of dirt and trees, though there was a trail that wrapped around to the right.
  7. Follow that trail to the right, which heads to the river. Depending on where you end up, you’ll likely see a waterfall. The first waterfall we saw was not easily visible. I then headed back west following the river very closely. This is the third fall we saw along the river. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are numerous more that just can’t be seen very easily. You’re often considerably high above the river!

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 2.2 miles round-trip

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #1 in October 2010

Where in the World is West Branch Sturgeon Falls #1?

 

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #4, Michigan

First, I’ll mention you can find out more about the waterfalls on the West Branch Sturgeon River in my previous post, West Branch Sturgeon Falls #3. The lower set of Hogger Falls are not mentioned that frequently, most likely because they’re rather small and other larger falls are not too distant. Even so, they’re very pretty.

Let me say, though, that I’m not sure that I would be able to find the “4th” lower falls again. The first three were found by random chance after at least following what looked like a trail. After the first three falls, though, we really started wandering. The terrain around the West Branch of the Sturgeon is not exactly even, and so after climbing up and down hills and around trees, we stumbled upon the 4th falls. I distinctly remember climbing/sliding down a steeper slope to get a better view of this falls, only to find out there was a lot of vegetation near the river, making that a more difficult task than expected. It was an adventure, to say the least.

Directions:

  1. We took MI-38 west out of Baraga and headed for a ways on M-38.
  2. After traveling west on M-38, you will come to Newberry Road, which will be on your left.
  3. Turn left onto Newberry Road and head 3 miles south on the dirt road.
  4. After about 3 miles, you’ll come to a “road” on your left. If you go any further, you’ll end up at the West Branch Sturgeon River, where the bridge is out. If you turn around and head north, I guess it’s the first “road” on your right.
  5. We had to stop at that road because it was blocked by a gate, and I’m not necessarily sure I would head down that road anyway.
  6. From the gate, start hiking east down the road. Keep going until it appear that the road “ends”. It seemed to be blocked by a pile of dirt and trees, though there was a trail that wrapped around to the right.
  7. Follow that trail to the right, which heads to the river. Depending on where you end up, you’ll likely see a waterfall. The first waterfall we saw was not easily visible. I then headed back west following the river very closely. This is the fourth fall upstream that was “easily” visible, though this became more difficult to see than the first three.

Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/strenuous)
Height: 3′
Length of Hike: 2.4 miles round-trip

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #4 in October 2010

Where in the World is West Branch Sturgeon Falls #4?

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #3, Michigan

On my trip to the western Upper Peninsula last weekend to enjoy the fall colors, I decided to take a detour to see Hogger Falls. Once finding what seemed to be the right area to head to the falls, we started on our journey. Well, I’m not sure that we ever found our original goal, Hogger Falls. The trail turnoff that supposedly led to the falls wasn’t very apparent. I did find a side trail early on that didn’t seem to lead to anything except a really random tree that had been clearly cut down into a weird shape.

I felt that we had walked too far to see Hogger Falls, but I had read that there were three smaller falls further down the trail. The book that I was using suggested that you drive down the road that follows the West Branch Sturgeon River, but the road was blocked by a gate. Which was probably a good thing, since the road was very uneven and full of water from recent rains. We found the trail that led to the lower falls. None of the falls are particularly large, but they were pretty nonetheless.  The third falls that we saw upstream was only about 3 feet tall. Since there was a considerable rainfall in the past few weeks, there was likely more water than normal.

Directions:

  1. We took MI-38 west out of Baraga and headed for a ways on M-38.
  2. After traveling west on M-38, you will come to Newberry Rd., which will be on your left.
  3. Turn left onto Newberry Rd. and head 3 miles south on the dirt road.
  4. After about 3 miles, you’ll come to a “road” on your left. If you go any further, you’ll end up at the West Branch Sturgeon River, where the bridge is out. If you turn around and head north, I guess it’s the first “road” on your right.
  5. We had to stop at that road because it was blocked by a gate, and I’m not necessarily sure I would head down that road anyway.
  6. From the gate, start hiking east down the road. Keep going until it appear that the road “ends”. It seemed to be blocked by a pile of dirt and trees, though there was a trail that wrapped around to the right.
  7. Follow that trail to the right, which heads to the river. Depending on where you end up, you’ll likely see a waterfall. The first waterfall we saw was not easily visible. I then headed back west following the river very closely. This is the third fall we saw along the river. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are numerous more that just can’t be seen very easily. You’re often considerably high above the river!

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 3′
Length of Hike: 2.4 miles round-trip

West Branch Sturgeon Falls #3 

Where in the World is West Branch Sturgeon Falls #3?

Middle Hungarian Falls #2, Michigan

I’m not sure how much I have to say about the 2nd “middle” Hungarian Falls. The lower, upper, and 1st middle falls are considerably more interesting in terms of size and/or shape. The second middle falls is not that tall, maybe 7 feet. It’s still a very pretty waterfall, and if you’re hiking from the lower to upper falls, you’ll end up seeing it anyway.

Directions:

  1. You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
  2. In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
  3. Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Road. Take the road to the left.
  4. You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
  5. Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
  6. From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
  7. From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge…
  8. From this trail, you will end up passing the Lower Falls first. Then you will come to the first Middle Hungarian Falls. All of the falls can be viewed from this trail, some better than others.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 7′
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip

The Second Middle Hungarian Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Middle Hungarian Falls #2?

Upper Hungarian Falls, Michigan

So first off, this waterfall is actually bigger than what it appears in the picture, though it’s still not that tall. It’s the Hungarian River at one of it’s wider points, as the width of the river changes at each of the different falls.

Upper Hungarian Falls is one of the more interesting falls on the river. There are a total of five or six falls in that immediate area, and Upper Hungarian Falls, the furthest falls upstream, does not disappoint. The actual hike to the falls is very beautiful, though the terrain is a little uneven. Once you get to Upper Hungarian Falls, you do have to do some careful “sliding” to get to the base, as the slope is moderately steep.

Directions:

  1. You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
  2. In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
  3. Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Road. Take the road to the left.
  4. You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
  5. Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
  6. From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
  7. From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge…
  8. From the trail, Upper Hungarian Falls is the furthest of the falls from that parking area. You will pass numerous other waterfalls and even a manmade falls.

*There are also other parking areas that will lead to Upper Hungarian Falls more quickly, though parking there then makes Lower Hungarian Falls further away. You choose.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

Upper Hungarian Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Upper Hungarian Falls?

Lower Hungarian Falls, Michigan

The waterfalls on the Hungarian River are absolutely spectacular. There are at least five waterfalls on the river, and Lower Hungarian Falls is the furthest waterfall downstream. The waterfall is larger than I think most people realize or even report. Maybe it’s just very deceiving.

In a previous post, I talked about getting a better view of Hungarian Gorge Falls on a tributary of the Hungarian River. Lower Hungarian Falls is right nearby. I mention this because there are different ways to view the falls. One way is to view the falls from above, though this is the least exciting view. The second option is to apparently find a trail near the crest of the falls that leads to a better view. That option seemed rather dangerous, as the area around the falls is EXTREMELY steep. The third option, the one that I tried, was not terribly dangerous, just rather inconvenient. I found another trail that lead down to the Hungarian River, and then followed the river upstream. This option allowed me to view the tributary waterfall and then Lower Hungarian Falls. That is where I took the picture that is posted below…

Directions:

  1. You’ll be driving along M-26 toward Hubell, MI.
  2. In the outskirts of Hubell (if there can be outskirts in such a small town), turn onto Sixth Street.
  3. Sixth Street will dead end, but to the left is a dirt road named Golf Course Road. Take the road to the left.
  4. You will go up a hill, and the road will flatten out a little bit.
  5. Here’s the confusing part…As you’re driving on Golf Course Road, you will pass a number of dirt roads on the left. I got confused by the directions I was following and ended up turning onto the first road ON THE LEFT after a pile of rubble and a gate. The connection to the road was not even, so go slowly!
  6. From there, I headed down that road to the end, where there is a turn-around. Park here.
  7. From here, you will connect onto the trail to your right. Where I parked, if I walked straight instead of to the right, I hit what looked like the remains of an old bridge…
  8. From this trail, pay close attention. If you want to enter the gorge itself, you may notice a narrow dirt trail that leads downhill. This will lead you to the rock-hopping adventure I experienced.

Accessibility: 2/10 (strenuous)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip

Lower Hungarian Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Lower Hungarian Falls?