- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

MUNISING, Mich. (AP) - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is cautioning hikers to stay away from the park’s dune and cliff edges after a second large-scale erosion event occurred in the Grand Sable Dunes area.

The incident this month took place just west of the park’s Log Slide Overlook. The overlook’s viewing point broke off in early April and fell about 100 feet, MLive (https://bit.ly/2pnsrsl ) reported.

Pictured Rocks Chief of Interpretation Susan Reece said both erosion areas are popular scenic spots for tourists and through-hikers alike, with the Log Slide Overlook bringing about 12,000 people in the summer.

“The area’s continually changing,” she said. “There isn’t a nice sandy dune that you might see in places like Sleeping Bear Dunes right now. It’s sand and cliffs, clay drop-offs all the way down the over 300-foot face of the dunes.”

Park officials hope engineers can find a new spot for the Log Slide Overlook viewing platform this year so that it can re-open in 2018. From the overlook, visitors could view the Au Sable Light Station to the west, and the Grand Sable Banks and Grand Marais to the east.

The most recent erosion also took out a piece of the North Country Trail network. Park staff said they’ll mark a temporary trail to bypass the erosion.

The terrain at Pictured Rocks ranges from beaches, high cliffs and hardwood forests with over 100 miles of trails. Situated between the communities of Munising and Grand Marais, the park offers backcountry camping as well as drive-in sites.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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