Our full day along the North Shore, we started off by heading north to Temperance River State Park.
Our hike followed the river at the beginning and was very crowded for the first half mile or so. Once we got past the major waterfalls though, the trail was mostly empty.
Temperance River Waterfall
Before we started the hike, I’d asked the ranger about the distance to Carlton peak. He said it was about 2.5 miles to the peak. I wasn’t sure if my back could handle that, but I had my hiking poles with me and wanted to give it a shot.
It was much harder than it should have been. And I whined. Good Man said we should turn around, but I refused to. This would be the longest hike post-tailbone fracture, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
We got to the peak, rested, ate some snacks, and then…Good Man checked his work email.
At Carlton Peak Lookout
Resting at the Peak
Checking Work Email
Up the River
Before heading off to another state park, we paused at an outlook to take some photos.
Happy to Have Reached the Peak