Mission Hill-Spectacle Lake, Chippewa County (3-8-10) - dwhike
I was banking on the assumption that these fresh-ish snowmobile tracks meant the ice was still plenty strong to hold me...

I'd been to Mission Hill before (see my 2009 Hikes album) but not in the winter. Of course winter on this day was a relative term with temps approaching 50'F. Mission Hill is located just west of Brimley near the Point Iroquois Lighthouse. In the summer the best way to climb it is from the state forest campground at Monocle Lake. I didn't have time for that length of hike this day with the extra mile hike down the mile-long access road. Instead, I'd hike the seasonal road to the top and then cut cross country across the (I hoped!) frozen Spectacle Lake. With winter quickly melting away I was anxious to spend one more glorious afternoon playing in the snow...

Mileage Hiked: 2.5 miles Trailhead Temp: 49'F Min. Elevation: 640' Max Elevation: 835' 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.