Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore staffers report a 62-year-old woman had to be rescued Thursday from the steep, sandy Log Slide found along the park’s Lake Superior shoreline. The log slide is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can climb down to the water and back up to the overlook. The trip down is five minutes. The trip back up can be an hour, according to park staff.
“This is the third rescue of this nature that Rangers and local rescue personnel have responded to in the last two weeks,” reported park Ranger Bill Smith, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The woman hiker experienced weakness and exhaustion, according to Smith. She was transported by boat to Grand Marais Harbor where she was treated and released. Lakeshore staff are encouraging vacationing visitors to be cautious if they start down the appealing drop to the water.
“Better yet, enjoy the view from the top of the Log Slide,” Smith said.
There should be a sign at the bottom, telling people to just walk the shoreline to Grand Marais. It’s faster to walk to town then to wait for help to arrive, and the proximity of the lake means that temperatures will be cooler, and if you get thirsty, well, you won’t die.
Thanks for listing this, Howard. Once when we were at the overlook at Sleeping Bear (no where near as arduous), a late-term pregnant woman lost her footing, tumbled two thirds of the way down.
There are warning signs posted at the top.