A wildly tall and impressive waterfall, Douglass Houghton Falls was once a popular destination for locals and Michigan Tech students alike. Crumbling cliff walls and numerous accidents, many of them fatal, pushed the land owner to cut off access. While the falls are still reachable by following Hammell Creek upstream from Lake Linden, the danger of a careless visit cannot be understated.
This waterfall is well over a hundred feet with several plunges bouncing off the sharp, volcanic rock. Steep walls make it difficult to reach the small drops in the meadow above, but a great view down towards Torch Lake can be made down the green creek valley. A small exploratory shaft is drilled into the side of the falls only a few feet above the creek. While it's hard to reach and dangerous to explore, this waterfall is one of the highlights of the Copper Country.
Right outside of Lake Linden, where Gregory Street turns into Cemetery Road before heading north up Trap Rock River Valley, park by Hammell Creek. There is an old drive-in theatre, now overgrown, on the east side of the road. Follow the creek upstream over a mile to the falls. Try to avoid climbing the cliff walls, as the crumbling walls have undergone serious erosion over the years.