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From the visitor's center at Presque Isle you go down the Quarry Bay Trail to the Trout Point trailhead just past the wilderness sign. The beginning of the trail is grassy and early in the season may be overgrown. The bugs can be bad at times as well. You cross many creeks with boards over them that can be slippery when damp. The trail has many blown over trees not removed from the trail. You either go over them or around them. You can get lost at places because it is a wilderness area without a lot of markings. The hemlock forest and oak grove is great in the interior. Hiking along the ravine 3/4 of the way is nice. It is wide like an old logging road. The edge of the meadow near trout point can be overgown and hard to find the trail. Raspberry bushes can be a bother to some. Once through the campsite is beautiful and primitive. The beach was nice but has a rocky bottom. Not good for boats to pull up on.
This trail has a lot of variety. You are hiking on a double tombolo. The trail goes through the interior forest to a bog area. There is a bridge and boardwalk to get over the bog area. There are blueberry bushes along the bog area. Cranberry plants in the bog along with pitcher plants. The trail comes out onto Julian Bay beach. Out in the water you see the buoy marking the sunken ship Noquebay. You walk the length of the beach. Maybe stop and do a figure 8 with your hand to hear the singing sands. There is a outlet for the bog that during Aug was not open to Lake Superior. Finished the hike on the Julian Bay Trail. The overlook was great. There are five ecosystems seen from that overlook. Bald eagles fly over and sandhill cranes are nesting near the bog. Yellow birch grow over old stumps and paper birch with its peeling bark is so unique. Hemlock trees and noble firs are also seen. So much variety on this loop and so much to see.