Miners Castle, Winter


Img_7456, originally uploaded by jensenl.

Miners Castle is located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. According to the National Park Service:

Miners Castle was named by Englishman Alexander Henry’s employees when they were exploring the area for minerals in 1771. Though no minerals were ever found, the name “Miners” has endured.

From Lars Jensen’s amazing photo album about this excursion:

miners castle is probably the most distinct rock formation in pictured rocks national lakeshore and in the summer it can be reached by a short walk. in the winter, however, they don’t completely plow the roads and miners castle becomes snowbound, the shortest route to it being 8 miles round trip. so, we headed up saturday morning, knowing that the weather forecast was predicting it to be the coldest day of the year with subzero temperatures and windchills down to -30F. a huge storm had just swept through the area, abruptly bringing cold air and snow to the whole state. in ann arbor, the temperature dropped by almost 50 degrees overnight (50F to 2F). the national weather service issued a winter advisory that basically said to stay indoors, so our plan to spend all day outside skiing deep into the backcountry wasn’t sounding so great.

Just in case you are thinking of not going to see Lars’ album, let me tell you again, go there now. (had I the technology, I would probably make you go there)
Here’s a shot of Miners Castle on a slightly warmer day.

3 thoughts on “Miners Castle, Winter

  1. Lars tipped me off to the fact that the right formation recently tumbled into the water on Thursday, April 13 2006. See this article about the Miners Castle collapse on Absolute Michigan for a before and after photo from the Lansing State Journal, a report from the Mining Journal and an article from 1900 about the collapse of the Grand Portal Arch.

    Check out a photo from April 14, 2006, the day after the turret fell. 

    I have to say that I'm a little bummed that I didn't make it to Miners Castle when I was in the Pictured Rocks last summer.


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