CATCHING UP – ESTIVANT PINES ON THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA

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Overland Park KS (Low 70 Storms around High 70)

Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary, 508 acres in Keweenaw County, Upper Peninsula, Michigan


In the early 1970s the call went out: “Save the pines! Save the pines!” Why all the fuss over a patch of woods? These enormous trees are as many as 600 years old and have been called a living museum. They are among the very last old-growth white pines in Michigan.


We are so very glad that they saved these woods. Although it was a fairly challenging hike since it had just rained and there were trees down across the trail it was worth it. Bob hiked the woods with his friends Jim and Sharon, it was just too muddy for Jo and for the most part she was right, as usual.


There is the option to take a couple different trails, the Cathedral Loop or the Memorial Loop. There is a very cool sounding offshot called the “Fallen Giant” trail. The sign for this trail says: “This unmaintained trail crosses a swamp and a river. Recommended only for experienced hikers with proper gear.” We’ll leave that one for the Weavers 🙂

At the entrance is a cross section of a tree cut in the 1970s.

The trail doesn’t look too bad at the start.



This isn’t so bad.