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Powerlines and traffic noise, disappointing hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Very pleasant trail. The 4-mile stretch between Iargo Springs and the Lumberman's Monument is quite flat, and very doable for any hiking ability. Most of the trail meanders through the pine forest with occasional views of the Au Sable River. Despite seeing quite a few people at either endpoint of the trail, the trail itself was very lightly trafficked, even on a Saturday afternoon. Downsides of this trail include a stretch following power lines, and reasonably close proximity to a road. I think this trail would be even better in the fall.

Very nice hike but a lot of bikers....

Very nice trail, nothing too crazy but a great opportunity to get outside and hike around a bit. There is a fee to get in the park.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail but make sure you bring a map - there are a lot of smaller loops and in & outs located within the major loop.

Beautiful hike.

used this trail for training for my 50 miler. it's a 10 mile loop(ignore the 6.9 claim in the description) and it has walking trails that cross 0every so often so you can shorten it to any distance easily.
most of the traffic are mountain bikers.

Best hike in Michigan

trail running
4 days ago

First time running at this park. Trails weren’t bad for running. Mostly grass trails from what I saw during my 3 mile run. Trails could be marked better, it was easy to get turned around.

backpacking
4 days ago

Hiked in mid May to camp at site 1. So worth it! Great views. Challenging hills.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Offers trails for every skill level.

4 days ago

Got a little lost on an unfinished trail, but in a good way. Great because you can walk 2 miles or 20 miles.

Very challenging and fun day hike! Beautiful views from multiple dune peaks.

This hike was a lot harder than we expected. The part through the sand dunes was a real slog! The rest of the trail was nice through the forest and a along the road. We also went to the top of the lighthouse which had a lovely view!

One of the the best walks with a historic lighthouse at the turnaround. Lighthouse volunteers provide an excellent tour.

Nice trail. Beautiful scenery. Saw deer by the river. An important factor for me were the porta-jons along the trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Great challenging hike. The icy water of Lake Michigan is a wonderful mid-hike treat.

Simply unbelievable. The moment when you leave the forested area and see the pictured rocks for the first time is breathtaking.

on Dune Climb Trail

hiking
8 days ago

We went at sunrise for our Dune Climb. I highly recommend it as this place gets crowded fast & early! Only drawback, a few of the restrooms were not yet open and/or clean. It took us just under 2 hours to complete the hike all the way to the Lake Michigan shoreline and back. There was a good variety of dunes, native grasses and trees. If you are able, we recommend running down the dunes as it's just plain fun!!

The trail and dune run/walk are the same until the trail veers to the left at post 4, there are 27 in all very straight forward to follow. Must bring a bottle of water and sandals or shoes if the sand is hot. Best to do the trail in the morning, we did it in 2 hours, allow for 3 to be on the safe side. beautiful trail.

Nice well maintained trail that is good for all skill levels

Fantastic trail. Started at Seaton Creek. I worked my way south down he MRT. Fantastic views from not only the river banks and overlooks, but inside the forests as well. Fairly rugged terrain, so I recommend a sturdy set of shoes. Also great spots to stop and swim in the river. On the MRT side, campsite 8b is the best. It backs up to the river for easy access to the water, plenty of space, and great shade.

Amazing views!

hiking
9 days ago

This is a nice medium length trail for hiking. Nice forest to travel through and the view of Pickerel Lake is very nice.

Oddly enough there are no good views of Crooked Lake on this trail without walking over to the campground.

In the spring it is crisscrossed with little ephemeral streams, the river view is almost constant, the budding trees are spectacular, and there’s very little noise pollution from the river.
However come summer, most of that is negated and it basically becomes a walk in the woods with a loud aquatic highway running next to it.
Not bad overall though

birding
9 days ago

good place to see waterbirds; swans, herons, egrets. telescope to birdwatch, tall lookouts too.

birding
9 days ago

especially great for birding. saw scarlet tanagers. beautiful trail

hiking
10 days ago

Definitely pack smart for this hike. Bring snacks and lots of water. The elevation changes and rocky terrain make this hike challenging! For a great view and less exhaustion, start the trail by the old mine shaft (picnic area). It cuts the hike in about half for those, like myself, without hiking poles or tough footwear.

on Escarpment Trail

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is awesome. Some sections have loose rock but it’s not exceedingly challenging. Bring lots of water and if you have trekking poles, bring them. Great views. Would love to go again at sunrise/sunset.

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