Bay View Hiking Trails is a 6 mile loop trail located near Maple City, MI that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is accessible year-round.
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Directions from Glen Arbor, MI: Thorson Trailhead: Travel north about 4 miles on M-22 turning left onto Thorson Road and going about half a mile to the trailhead (on left hand side).
I was looking for something more challenging and this was one of the longest hikes in the area. I wanted to snowshoe it but it had been well packed by other hikers and x-country skiiers. Can be a little confusing finding the southern trail access. Suggest using the northern trailhead, has nice parking and trail signs. Views where great and the terrain was difficult but not impossible. The trails where very well marked. I am sure it is awesome in the summer and intend to hike it again when the weather warms up and the snow melts.
Looks like a pleasant trail; we saw it in the rain, so it was a bit less enjoyable and we ended up only taking the first loop. Grass was very squelchy!
Note: the road in to the place has two entrances, one to the north and one to the south. Avoid the southern entrance, especially in bad weather. There is a long, slippery downhill if you go that way. The trailhead parking lot is closer to the northern entrance, in any case.