Robertson Lake Cliffs (11-11-09)
Not 20 miles north of the Michigan/Ontario border is one of the most dramatic landscapes I've come across around the Great Lakes. The Robertson Lake Cliffs form a 600' high rampart along the north side of the Goulais River valley. I had seen them (you can't miss them!) on all of my travels north but didn't realize they were so accessible until very recently. As stated before the cliffs are located about 20 miles north of Soo, Ontario. On a good map you should be able to find Robertson Lake Road heading east from the Trans-Canada just north of the Goulais River. The road up to the cliffs is surprisingly well traveled and very scenic. Unlike most other access roads on my adventures in the Algoma District, this one can be traveled easily by a two-wheel drive car! Upon arrival you'll find yourself hiking along the Voyageur Trail, Ontario's most ambitious long-distance trail project, which passes along the top of the cliffs in their entirety. This is Algoma country at its best...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 46.767686, -84.295529
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: MODERATE
Hike Length: 3.0 miles Hike Duration: 1:30
Trailhead Temp: 49'F Trail Traffic: None!
Min. Elevation: 1,120' Max. Elevation: 1,400'
Total Vertical Gain: 300' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 150'