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?

Haven Falls, Michigan

Haven Falls in May 2009

Haven Falls is one of the more isolated waterfalls in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Off of a rather desolate stretch of US-41, you’ll turn onto Lac La Belle Road, which is also rather quiet. (Lac La Belle Rd. is paved. Some GPS units will suggest you take other roads which are often unpaved. Do not follow those directions, but instead the much safer Lac La Belle Rd.) The falls are found near Lac La Belle, and is surrounded by a number of houses. The area is beautiful and the falls, while smaller, is very pretty. The falls also benefit from being very easily accessed once you have finally arrived. They are just feet from the parking area in very plain view.

Heading back toward Houghton, I headed east toward Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Bay. If you head this way, you will be treated with an amazingly beautiful stretch of the lakeshore for a number of miles. Bete Grise Road leads you toward some very small towns/villages/unincorporated areas that are very interesting. A GPS can be helpful, since the roads are rather distant.

Directions:

  1. Heading north on US-41 in the Keweenaw Peninsula, turn onto Lac La Belle Rd. Head for about 4 miles down the paved road to a split in the road.
  2. Turn right at the split in the road and head about 0.5 miles to the park where the falls are very easily accessed. The park is just across from a lake.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Haven Falls?

Manganese Falls, Michigan

Manganese Falls in May 2009

Manganese Falls is one of the most intriguing waterfalls I’ve seen in Michigan. Much of the waterfall is actually hidden from view due to trees and the intensely sharp and curving drops of the falls. It may not be the most spectacular or photogenic waterfall in the Keweenaw Peninsula and Michigan.

I say it’s intriguing, though, because of how interesting it still is. The waterfall starts off with a easy-to-view cascade, and then from there, it takes a rather sharp drop that really disappears from view. It then reappears, but only from a different viewpoint. At that viewpoint, you realize that the waterfall drops again, and you can’t fully see all of the falls below you. What might be the most intriguing is that I’m not really sure how far the falls drops below that viewpoint. I know there’s more below, but how much more? I believe that I’ve seen a picture or two from the base, but the way to access it escapes me, as this has some of the steepest rock faces that I’ve seen in Michigan.

Directions:

  1. You can come up to Copper Harbor from either M-26 or US-41 heading north.
  2. At the intersection of those two roads, head east to the Copper Harbor Community and Visitor Center, which will be on the right.
  3. Turn right onto the street immediately past that building. Go 0.7 miles on that road. A sign for the falls will be found on the right side of the road.
  4. After finding the sign, walk across the road where the sound of the waterfall is emanating, and a viewpoint will be there. Explore to get other viewpoints of the waterfall, but BE CAREFUL. There are surprisingly steep drops that come unexpectedly.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 30′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Manganese Falls?

Eagle River Falls, Michigan

Eagle River Falls is a treasure of a waterfall in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. The Keweenaw Peninsula is an extremely beautiful place. I visited in early May when the trees had yet to turn green, and I think it would be even more beautiful when the leaves turn in the fall.

Eagle River Falls is one of the more scenic waterfalls in the peninsula. Many of the waterfalls on the peninsula are very easy to view, and Eagle River Falls is extremely easy to visit. M-26 crosses right over the Eagle River, and parking area is directly adjacent to the falls. Pay attention to the old dam (?) that is found on the river. It adds to the view of the falls.

Directions:

  1. Head north on M-26 from Houghton/Hancock. You’ll go a considerable distance and keep heading on M-26 to the village of Eagle River.
  2. As you pass over the Eagle River, if you look to the right, you’ll see the falls. The parking lot to get a better view of the falls is to your right.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: roadside

Eagle River Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Eagle River 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?

Tobacco Falls, Michigan

Tobacco Falls might not really even fall into the category of a waterfall. It might be more appropriate called a rapid. I visited Tobacco Falls in May. It is a rather easy to access, but also isolated. In May, after the snow had just recently melted, the water level on the Tobacco River was probably higher than it may be in July or August. I mention this because I have the feeling that in times of lower flow, Tobacco Falls may more closely resemble a waterfall. I could tell that there were some small drops that were flooded underneath the water, though I’m not sure if the water ever gets low enough to reveal those drops.

I wouldn’t recommend driving simply to see this waterfall, as it’s not that exciting. I would, however, recommend the drive that passes by the falls. The road that I took follows the Lake Superior shoreline for miles, and it is absolutely spectacular to be so close to the water and yet so isolated.

Directions:

  1. From Hancock, head east on M-26 for about 10.5 miles.
  2. Turn right on 9th Street and go for 0.1 miles.
  3. 9th Street turns into Bootjack Road and go for another 0.5 miles.
  4. Turn left on Traprock Valley Road Go for 1.4 miles.
  5. Turn right onto Gay Road. Head toward Gay. Gay Road changes names, often called Liminga Road or Lake Linden Road.
  6. Once you’ve reached Gay, which is extremely small, turn onto 2nd Street, which should turn into Lac La Belle Road.
  7. From here, you will be driving northeast. The falls are near the bridge that crosses the Tobacco River. There is a roadside park near there where you can park.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: negligible

Tobacco Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Tobacco Falls?

Hungarian Gorge Falls, Michigan

Hungarian Gorge Falls

Usually when I find a “new” waterfall, I can go and find reference to it somewhere in a book or on the internet. This is an unusual case. This waterfall is located to the left of Lower Hungarian Falls in Michigan, and after searching around, I have found no mention of this waterfall on any site or in any book. Now maybe I haven’t looked hard enough, but usually the internet reveals a lot of information. (Phill Stagg’s set of books about Waterfalls of Michigan refers to this as Hungarian Gorge Falls, so I will refer to it as this.)

As I said, this falls is to the left of the Lower Hungarian Falls. It may be seasonal, explaining why I cannot find out more about it. I also ended up getting confused about where to access the trail for the falls, and ended up getting different views than others might get. I just happened to notice that there was another falls nearby the much larger falls.

To make matters even more complicated, the waterfall is not particularly easy to reach. I was having difficulties viewing both this falls and the Lower Falls, so I actually walked down into the gorge on a trail that I found. I then proceeded to rock-hop for at least 1/4 of a mile. Surprisingly, I didn’t get very wet, but I did get some great pictures of the falls.

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. If you continue on the much more obvious trail, you may get a glimpse of this falls, but maybe not. If you reach the crest of Lower Hungarian Falls, you will not be able to view this falls from that angle.

Accessibility: 2/10 (strenuous)

Height: 60′

Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Hungarian Gorge Falls?

 

Ten-Foot Falls, Michigan

I’m baffled by Ten-Foot Falls. I’m actually baffled by many of the waterfalls with their heights listed. They are almost always not as tall as their name suggests, and Ten-Foot Falls is no exception. If I had to take a guess, I’d say the drop is maybe three feet at most. The river might drop more a little further upstream, but it doesn’t seem like the total drop is ten feet, at least in the near vicinity. (One of my readers helped solve the riddle, there’s a pool below the falls that’s ten feet deep! Thanks for the explanation!)

Another thing: While Ten-Foot Falls is extremely easy to get to, finding it is a little tricky. The waterfall is right off of M-26, but you wouldn’t even have a clue unless you follow some form of directions. Even then, I would suggest going in a roundabout way. The only reason I’d even stop and see this waterfall is that is very close to some other more interesting waterfalls, including Eagle River Falls.

Directions:
The easiest way I have found to find these falls is as follows:

  1. Start on M-26 in Eagle River, which is near Lake Superior on the Keweenaw Peninsula. You can see Eagle River Falls there.
  2. From Eagle River, head southeast on M-26. As you’re leaving Eagle River, reset the mileage on your odometer.
  3. Drive for 1.4 miles on M-26. After you’ve traveled that distance, look for a gravel pullout area off of M-26 on your LEFT.
  4. This pullout area is only a few feet from the Eagle River and Ten-Foot Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 3′
Length of Hike: roadside

Ten-Foot Falls in May 2009

 Where in the World is Ten-Foot Falls?

Jacobs Falls, Michigan

Jacobs Falls’ redeeming quality is that is so easy to visit! Jacobs Falls is a pretty waterfall not too far from Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula. You’ll pass by the falls as you’re driving along M-26 past Eagle Harbor. While you’re in the area, check out the beautiful, scenic shoreline.

The waterfall has two drops, the upper one not visible in the picture below. There is a very unstable “trail” that leads up to the upper drop and beyond, though it was very slippery. It is doable with the right shoes, though.

Directions:

  1. Drive along M-26 north past Eagle Harbor.
  2. About 3-4 miles past Eagle Harbor, on your right (if you’re driving north), you’ll see Jacob’s Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: roadside

Jacobs Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Jacobs Falls?

Middle Hungarian Falls #1, Michigan

The Hungarian River holds many treasures. As the river takes numerous precipitous drops from the heights of the Keweenaw Peninsula down to Portage Lake, a considerable number of very beautiful waterfalls are created. When I visited in May 2009, I counted at least six waterfalls, maybe even more.

The two most prominent waterfalls on the river are known as Upper and Lower Hungarian Falls. In between, there are three other drops. The drop that is closest to Lower Hungarian Falls is the waterfall profiled here. It is the most scenic of the middle three. Of the waterfalls on the river, this is the one that offers the most viewpoints: at eye level, and at least two different views from above.

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: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip

Middle Hungarian Falls #1 in May 2009

Where in the World is Middle Hungarian Falls #1?