Sable Falls in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

sable falls #2

sable falls #2, photo by ats8110.

If you follow this blog, you know that one of my favorite places in Michigan is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I am pretty excited to be heading up there this weekend and am therefore declaring the rest of this week “Pictured Rocks Week” on Michigan in Pictures. ;)

The waterfall page from the Lakeshore says that Sable Falls is located about one mile west of Grand Marais on Alger County Road H-58 and that the fall…

…tumbles 75 feet over several cliffs of Munising and Jacobsville sandstone formations on its way to Lake Superior. The first viewing platform is down a staircase with 169 steps. The hike from the parking area to this staircase steps is short.

The trail continues past the falls and down the canyon. It is about a half-mile to the beach as Sable Creek as it winds its way to Lake Superior.

It’s just one of many waterfalls in the Lakeshore (map of Alger County waterfalls). Why so many?

Most of the waterfalls in this area are the result of water running over a shelf or cliffs of limey sandstone called the Munising Formation. This formation of rock extends from Tahquamenon Falls, some 75 east of the Lakeshore, to Laughing Whitefish Falls, about 30 miles west of the Lakeshore. The Munising formation is also called the Northern Michigan cuesta or escarpment.

Check out Aaron’s other Sable Falls shots and see it bigger in his Michigan Waterfalls slideshow (view the set).

Lots more Pictured Rocks on Michigan in Pictures!

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