Mission Hill, Spectacle Lake & Fall Color 2015

Mission Hill View Upper Peninsula Michigan

Mission Hill 3, photo by Susan H

Here’s a look-in on the current state of fall color in the northeastern Upper Peninsula. DWHIKE has this to say about the Mission Hill trail, which also affords views of Spectacle Lake & Monocle Lake:

Monocle Lake sits just inland from Lake Superior about a half hours’ drive west of Sault Ste. Marie. Along its south shore is a nice National Forest campground which serves as the trailhead for the days adventure. The Monocle Lake Trail heads east from the swimming area at the south end of the lake for little more than a quarter mile where it splits north and south in to the North Country Trail and the Mission Hill Trail respectively…

Directions to Trailhead: -Take Highway 221 north from M-28 west of Sault Ste. Marie. -Follow Hwy 221 for 2.5 miles, through Brimley, to Lakeshore Drive. -Turn left on Lakeshore Drive, follow it 5 miles to Tower Road on the left. -Follow Tower Road (which changes to dirt as you climb the hill) 1.5 miles to overlook and trailhead on the right.

Click above for a map where you can need both lakes and get more about the Monocle Lake Trail from the DNR.

Susan took this photo on Sunday. View it big as the sky and see more in her UP slideshow.

Lots more Fall wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures!

You can see it all from Mission Hill

mission hill overlook, chippewa county, michigan by twurdemann

mission hill overlook, chippewa county, michigan, photo by twurdemann

Regarding his photo from the Superior shore a couple weeks ago, twurdemann writes:

Autumn view from the Mission Hill Overlook / Mission Hill Cemetery, Brimley, Michigan- -32 km / 20 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The overlook rises more the 50m / 165 feet above nearby Spectacle Lake. In the distance, Point Iroquois, St. Marys River / Whitefish Bay / Lake Superior, Gros Cap Crib Lightstation in the middle of the river (Ontario, Canada), Gros Cap Bluffs, Prince Township wind farm turbines (my link), and in the far distance the Batchewana Highlands (upper left)- -over 50 km / 30 miles away.

View this bigger and see more in his Autumn slideshow.