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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

Early Spring Hikes: Central

As soon as the ice thaws, take advantage of these season starters.

by: Sarah Stewart

(Aaron Peterson) Find sea caves a mile northeast of Meyers Beach
(Aaron Peterson) Find sea caves a mile northeast of Meyers Beach
(Tom and Pat Leeson) Mallards nesting in waterside foliage in March
(Tom and Pat Leeson) Mallards nesting in waterside foliage in March

Lakeshore Trail, Apostle Islands NL, WI

Neil Howk
Bayfield, WI


T
race the Lake Superior shoreline on this 10.6-mile out-and-back. Follow the forested path 1.8 miles to a series of lake overlooks. Frozen waves, ice columns, and dripping icicles adorn the 50-foot sandstone cliffs January through March. Cold warrior? Find a beachside campsite at mile 5.3 (permit required, $10/night). If not, return to the trailhead and check out the cave passageways formed by wave action and freeze-thaw cycles.Trip data 
 




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