Hike the Canyon Falls Gorge and Jump into Canyon Falls

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Added by Matt Johnson

With just a short hike, you can take the plunge off the cliffs of Canyon Falls. A local spot with a lots of fun. 

Taking US Hwy 41 south of L'Anse, you can see the Canyon Falls Roadside Park and trail access to the Canyon Falls gorge. The hike is mainly downhill to the first cliff jumping spot, roughly 200-300 meters down the path. A good warm-up, this cliff is roughly 10-15 feet, with the river base roughly 10 feet deep. The climb back onto the path is done right under the cliff itself. Continuing on the path, you can see the first large set of waterfalls. Following this, the trail ascends to the second waterfall, a skinnier spot on the river leading to a large pool area and a quiet shallow stream. 

The cliff following the second waterfall is over 30 feet tall, easily. The water depth is over 15 feet deep. After speaking with some of the locals and Michigan Tech kids that frequented the spot, they said that injuries, as rare as they occur, are usually due to jumper error (bad rotation, not jumping far enough, etc.). After jumping, there are three options for returning to the main platform. 

1) A ladder has been built just slightly downstream of the main jump spot. Swimmers will need to swim upstream shortly to reach the ladder. Use the additional rope as a guider to start the climb. This was could be difficult with heavy rain or slight flooding. 

2) Swimmers can cross the river and climb up the other side for additional jumping spots. Some swimmers climbed a hanging tree straight across from the cliff (not recommended)

3) Roughly 50 meters downstream, on the right side, swimmers can find a low graded shoreline with a switchback path back up to the trail. This way is longer, but much safer than the ladder. 

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