The Great Northern Route

Stretching north and west from the Marquette region, the Huron Mountains hold the highest point in Michigan (1,979-foot Mt. Arvon), but almost all of this rugged 50 by 25-mile area is privately owned and pretty much off-limits. It’s also one of the wildest corners of a wild part of the country. The private owners (with last names like McCormick, founders of International Harvester, and Miller, of Miller Beer infamy) keep it pretty much as it has always been—before the miners and loggers had their way with the rest of the Upper Peninsula. The best place to get a feel for the Huron Mountains region is the hamlet of Big Bay on Lake Superior, 25 miles northwest of Marquette.