The best time of the year – by far – to explore the remains of a Copper Country Empire is the fall. Not only is the fall the best time of year to be in the woods, the vibrant colors add an extra dimension to every photo you shoot. As fall here in the Copper Country reaches it climax I thought I’d share this color bounty with my readers unable to experience it for themselves. No better place to witness the splendor than atop the bounty of poor-rock piles scattered across the region. So without further ado I present some of CCE’s greatest ode’s to fall (starting with a newbie):
To begin we feature our most current exploration (to be here at CCE sometime in the next few weeks) of the Trimountain Mine. Unlike the craggy evergreen choked forests of the north, the Southern Range boreal provides a stunning palette of colors along its sweeping hardwood vistas. Besides the soaring stack of the No. 3 Boiler complex, the view from here offers far-away glimpses of the Huron Mountains and even the Huron Islands off their tip.
My all-time favorite, a shot of the sweeping cliff range from the vantage point of the Ojibway Pile. It had been raining that morning as we unsuccessfully attempted to find the mine remains, but cleared up momentarily as we reached to top of the pile just in time to snap this beauty. Just as I as finishing the rain returned.
The sun had pushed itself out from the hazy morning fog as we climbed to the top of a very frost covered rock pile at the North Kearsarge (one of the most difficult to scale). Quickly it started its work of boiling off the icy coating that had covered the region, creating a thick fog that rolled through the Allouez Gap below us.
This shot was taken from Elmo’s Tower, which stands tall atop the bluffs above the Phoenix piles. At that time the tower was open to the public, but since Elmo’s passing last year I’m not sure if that is still the case. To the left is Crestview Bluff (named after an old myth) followed by the small town of Phoenix and the Cliff Range stretching off to the west.
By far the best view in the Keweenaw, Mt. Baldy sits over over 700 feet above the town of Eagle Harbor to its northwest. It can be reached by a 3-mile long trail with winds its way along the Keweenaw’s central rocky span. This is the view to the south-west, showing the port town and Lake Superior. Here’s the view to the north-east: Northern View, which features Lake Bailey and Brockway mountain off in the distance.
Lastly we take a look at a much smaller image, taken from the top of the Cliff No. 4 rock pile. This pile stands up atop the cliff’s themselves, and from there you can make out what might be Albion Bluff off to the south-west.