Upper Gratiot Falls

located along Gratiot River


Upper Gratiot Falls

July 10, 2008
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Description:
Long sloping drop over conglomerate rock. Water builds up over bends and around a few rocky 'islands' but is usually shallow and even over the jagged bed.
Location:
Keweenaw County at 47°19' 47.46" N, 88°26' 1.24" W (map)
Nearby Falls:
Lower Gratiot Falls (0.6 miles), Queen Anne's Falls (4.3 miles), Trap Rock River Falls (5.9 miles), Silver Creek Falls (6.7 miles)
Area:
Thick pine woods difficult to head straight into. The riverbank is sudden and there are several steep embankments along the river, including a tall and impressive red cliff at the base of the falls.
Trail:
15 minutes one-way
Follow the trail on the left side of the parking area until it splits at the river. Going right takes you to the top of the red cliff, straight down the sandy bank leads to the base of the falls, and heading left along the river goes to the upper falls. Both left and right trails peter out after a distance, and with a large and shallow riverbed, it might be easiest to go down and walk right alongside and through the water.
Drive:
from Houghton, MI (change)
Driving Directions