I’ve decided to declare it Waterfall Week on Michigan in Pictures, due in part to today’s photo from John McCormick.
We’ll lean heavily on the fantastic GoWaterfalling.com, far and away the best guide to waterfalls in the Great Lakes region. They say that Michigan has nearly 200 named waterfalls, with all but one located in the Upper Peninsula (more about that tomorrow). They note that many (such as today’s) are pretty small and might better be described as rapids.
Their page on Mosquito Falls says:
This is the smallest and least impressive of the named waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. If time is limited, skip this one in order to see Chapel Falls. However this waterfall is a nice feature of the Chapel Loop Hike which will take you past both Chapel and Mosquito Falls.
Mosquito Falls is a small waterfall consisting of two main drops about 100 meters apart with a stretch of rapids in between them. The lower drop is about 10 feet high, and the upper one is about 5 feet high. This is the smallest of the named Pictured Rocks waterfalls but it is a very lovely hike, especially in spring when the flowers are out.
They’re definitely right about what is for my money the best hiking trail in Michigan – trail map right here. Read on for directions and more and also see the Waterfalls page from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
See John’s photo bigger and see more in his Michigan Waterfalls slideshow.