A couple makes an adventure of taking a winter hike from Bird Creek County Park in Port Austin harbor to Turnip Rock at Pointe Aux Barques. They follow the paths made by other skiers on their five-mile jaunt over Lake Huron ice on a bright wintery day.
Couple Takes Winter Hike To Turnip Rock In Winter – Courtesy Danielle Gauch
Can You Hike to Turnip Rock?
During the summer months, Turnip Rock can only be accessed and seen by the water as the rock formation sits on private land. Taking a five-mile round trip winter trek hike to the formation is the only way to see Turnip Rock in the winter.
It’s best to wait until the ice is completely frozen before cross country skiing or hiking to Turnip Rock during the Winter. Falling through the ice is no joke. Even nearshore thin areas of ice can be under feet of snow.
See their original article and more pictures of their Turnip Rock Hike on Hypertenuse.
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2 thoughts on “Things To Do In Michigan – 2 Hour Hike or Cross Country Ski To Turnip Rock in Winter”
Fun to see folks on the ice, NEAR the shore to see The Rock. But geez, I’d be more careful in these temps and sun. A fall through that ice is not fun.