Saturday, May 26, 2012

St. Peter's Dome, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI

As mentioned in my previous post the next destination is St. Peter's Dome. The hike is a bit more demanding and it takes about 45 minutes to the top - unless you like to explore and take photos like me, then it can take twice that long. There is so much to see - moss covered rocks, tree roots, little streams and creeks. My favorite time to visit this beautiful place is in the spring as the whole forest floor is carpeted with various wildflowers like Dutchman's Breeches, Merrybells, Trilliums etc. On St. Peter's Dome the world opens up. A clear day reveals Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands 20 miles to the north. The top is 400 ft above the starting point. St. Peter's Dome is a granite dome created during a billion-year-old mountain building phase that saw huge fissures open in the earth's crust. Molten rock welled up from the mantle, forming features like St. Peter's.
The first 3 images were taken in the spring, the last 2 in the fall.
Enjoy, Susanne

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