Gros Cap (3-15-10)
Gros Cap itself is something to get excited over but a 60-degree day in mid-March!!! What a difference a year makes!! Last year this time we were digging out of our most recent blizzard with over two feet of snow on the ground! This year, the snow is already all but gone! Unbelievable! I consider myself a snow-lover, but I'm over it for this year...BRING ON SPRING!!
Gros Cap is a remarkable place where the Canadian Shield jumps nearly 700 vertical feet out of Lake Superior. The scenery is amazing and what's better is that it's so accessible! Located only a short 20-ish minute drive east of Soo, Canada the last two or three miles of road are a bit rough but not like what you have to drive on to get to places like this elsewhere in the Algoma District!
Today's trail would be along the Gros Cap Loop Trail. I don't have an exact figure but I'm guessing it's about a 3-mile round trip. The eastern half of the loop takes you through a typical Canadian Shield mixed hardwood forest. Views don't exist here but the young woodland is pristine. The western half of the loop is where the real excitement is, save it for last! There are three overlooks but the northernmost provides the most sweeping view. Great on any day, I highly recommend this hike on a nice, 60-degree day in March:):)
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 46.541497, -84.586940
Hike Length: 3.0 miles Hike Duration: 1:15
Trailhead Temp: 60'F Trail Traffic: None!
Min. Elevation: 1,050' Max. Elevation: 1,250'
Total Vertical Gain: 200' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 67'