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12 Silver Mountain Upper Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

Silver Moutain view
Photo: US Forest Service

Beautiful, scenic vistas of the Upper Peninsula await the hearty souls willing to climb the 250-plus boulder-strewn steps to the top of Silver Mountain. The stairs are a rugged climb, and the site offers few amenities, so come prepared.

Wildlife Viewing

In addition to spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, Silver Mountain offers excellent opportunities to view migrating birds-of-prey (raptors).

snowshoe hare in summer
The drab brown coat of the snowshoe hare
provides excellent camouflage in spring and summer.
The snowshoe hare is named for its large, wide
hind feet that help support its weight on soft snow
in winter. Photo: US Forest Service

In May-June and again in September-October, watch broad-winged and red-tailed hawks soaring on the strong updrafts of wind that whistle up the mountainside. Smaller sharp-shinned hawks and American kestrels are also common during migration.

MapDirections

From Baraga, travel west on M-38 about 9.5 miles to Prickett Dam Road (FS 2270). Turn left (south) and follow the signs to the Silver Mountain parking area.

Ownership: U.S. Forest Service (906) 884-2411

Size: 100 acres

Closest Town: Baraga

Weather and Driving Directions for Baraga

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