The highest peak in Gogebic County, Wolf Mountain is a great hike to take anytime of year but especially in the fall. This bluff is located at the end of Forest Highway 9300 in between Wakefield and Marenisco, Michigan. That the forest road until it ends. The road will make a circle and you can park alongside it. The trailhead is on the back side of the circle as you are driving in. There is a brush to help prevent the spread of invasive species before you begin your hike.
Wolf Mountain trail is a little less than 1 mile in length. The trail starts with a gradual incline through beautiful forest. The hardest part of the climb will be the last 1/4 mile or so. The trail gets much steeper and winds back and forth up the bluff. Many trail guides list this as an easy trail, however I would classify it as moderate due to this last stretch.
The view from the top of Wolf Mountain is spectacular, especially in the fall. Most of the forest laid out before you is deciduous mixed with some coniferous and makes for beautiful colors that time of year. The bluff faces west and gives you a complete 180 degree view over Gogebic County. Time your hike at dusk and you will likely be treated with a beautiful sunset, however make sure to pack a flashlight as the hike down in the dark can be treacherous.
The trail ends on top of Wolf Mountain and there is even a cleared area where you could pitch a tent and camp for the night. The clearing is set back from the edge of the bluff so there is no danger of falling. There are no vehicle or camping fees for your stay at Wolf Mountain as it is located in the Ottawa National Forest.
Wolf Mountain Gallery