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backpacking
1 day ago

We did it clock wise, one big last hard climb at the end.

backpacking
7 days ago

Overall decent trail. Did it counter clockwise, helps save the best views for the end. Clean and well marked. Not the most challenging but an easy two day hike

The Coates Highway bridge was passable but still under construction when we were down a weekend ago. My wife and I and other hikers were able to walk over the bridge bypassing construction equipment later in the day.

Has the bridge been re-opened?

Great hike. East side of the trail has spectacular river views and water access. I try to get here a few times a year.

backpacking
21 days ago

Over all good loop with the campground be centered enough that you can go either direction..

Bike Ride was amazing. We clocked this at 21 miles and took us 5 hours to complete including a few stops along the way for photos. Lots of trees down from last nights wind where we had to lift our bikes. Sections of the trail is also washed out but doable, just keep watch. We went clockwise and we were glad we did, conquered the hardest section first. Id rate this as moderate to difficult.

When the beavers build their damns part of the trail is not accessible. Awesome trail otherwise.

trail running
1 month ago

My very first marathon. Great event, would do it again.... despite all the rain!!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail completed my Micro loop trail triple crown..lol....Manistee river trail, Fife lake trail and the Jordan river pathway...This one definetly was the most challenging as far as climbs but nothing that would make it a trail to avoid.. I did the trail clockwise so the last half mile was a challenge..If you wanted to get in shape for the AT and lived close this last half mile would be the place to do it...Just keep going up and down that half mile until your legs are shot.....
The only reason I took it down a star is the requirement to camp at Pinney bridge. It would be nice to have a few designated campsites along the route so hikers could adjust their itinerary if they wanted to hike a little longer the first day to make a short second day or even turn it into a 3 day hike.. Having a water source and pit toilets was nice though..The only other issue I had was a group came in late in the afternoon and were up until around 2 am making quite a bit of noise...I guess they don't understand the concept of "Hiker Midnite"...I was surprised because it was a Thursday night...I should have brought ear plugs..
It's a great trail with some awesome views around the Beaver ponds and some of the lookouts, well worth the drive to Northern Michigan..
Thanks to all the volunteers that maintain this loop...

This is a great trail. I brought my 9 year old son who’s a 21st century digital boy. Definitely didn’t do the complete 17 miles but with the shortcuts and a few other tricks we made it out and had a great time. Both crooked lake and blind lake campsites are nice. And I loved the water pumps. We still used a sawyer water filter because ya never know. Mosquitos weren’t too bad but that’s probably because haven’t had rain in a week or so. We did have to move aside for about 15 mountain bikers along the way but we could always see them coming. I highly recommend this beautiful trail.

My favorite hiking loop in the lower peninsula. Fantastic for an overnight backpacking trip.

Easy and beautiful hiking! Nice rolling hills.

I wish the trail was better labeled. However, the trail itself is beautiful and serene. Awesome for dispersed camping and it's nice that you can choose between hiking deep in the woods or closer to the lake!

The red bridge (Coates Hwy bridge) was still closed so I was unable to complete the entire loop trail. But the Manistee River Trail side was spectacular.

We enjoyed this loop during a hot and humid weekend. We started and ended at spring lake campground, which had free overnight parking next to the trail, a seasonal water pump and bathrooms. We headed north and hiked around to old 131 campground. There are tons of ATV trails all over so it can be confusing but knowing that the orangish red marker is the fife lake loop and to stay on the north country trail until you see those would have helped with that. Thank God for this app, as it helped us find the trail again and shows all the other atv trails (They have brochures at each of the trailheads but of course, our start point was out so we didn’t know) the part of the loop that is the north country trail that runs along side of the river is amazing. There are scenic benches, a set of stump chairs & mini table and secret campsites scattered along the path. Defiantly a trail to recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite Michigan path. Be sure to stop at the hatchery to visit Roger and the gang. They’re doing great work with Great Lakes Cisco. The path itself it well maintained. Bring a lifestraw for some added fun! Beautiful views at the trailhead.

backpacking
1 month ago

Will be booking another trip here soon! I fell in love with this island. It’s not as difficult of a hike as I was expecting. I went at the beginning of September so the bugs were not bad. Trout Bay and west coast beaches were great. I brought a bug net and only used it for a mile. Only experienced awful black flies at the North East beach by Shelter Ridge. Bear poles I found slightly difficult to hang up our stuff. It took both my friend and I to try and get our bags to the top of the pole, luckily some sites have bear boxes. I would bring another strong friend or a bear canister next time. The sites are so secluded and awesome. The views are incredible. We did see bear scat and I was nervous about the bears in the night, but we never saw one. The ferry service is easy and dog friendly! It’s a great trip to do over 3 days, 2 nights, but next time I go I may increase the time there because it’s so awesome.

Thank you note to the park rangers who they went of their way to come in and help evacuate one of my friend hiker when she felt sick . I lead hike every weekend almost on this trail. It is one of the most amazing trail in the area .

We started from Lower Falls campground and did the round trip between the falls. I would definitely call this trail moderate rather than easy as there are a lot of stairs, hills, and roots. Make sure to bring water and sturdy footwear - this is not the hike to wear flip-flops on!

The scenery was nice and went from woods to swamp and back again. We didn't see much wildlife though due to the trail being so heavily trafficked. The views along the river were still a treat though and we got some great landscape photos. If I were in the park again I'd probably do one of the less popular trails.

I have been on this trail many times. The only bad spot is when the beavers build their dams and it floods a portion of the trail. There is also an easy 3 mile trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

For those trying to spend their first night at seaton campground the first night of ur arrival do not go by the website!! It says all campsites are full when there are plenty of spaces available. We spoke with the man in charge and he said even if it’s full they will find space. Lovely campsite, we didn’t camp there as we were backpacking but I would definitely recommend it. We only did the side of the trail by the river and it was stunning. Would definitely recommend this to any level backpacker. If this is ur first trip this is ideal because there’s campsite all along the trail if you get tired u can stop anywhere. The road is very well marked! And the trail is very moderate, I have done other trails that completely wind you but this was not the case. Not a lot of hills and the trial is easy to follow. Absolutely wish we could have been there longer and done the full trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trails and a ton of fun

backpacking
1 month ago

I completed the trail. It had a good mix of different terrains: meadows, forest, (little) swamp.

It is a valley, so the soil is wet in many places and you will sink in in some places. There are many bridges over these parts, but many of them are broken or missing, but previous hikers have been nice enough to improvise these.

You should absolutely do the trail counterclockwise (opposite of what this site suggests). Otherwise the elevation gain in the last couple miles is brutal. This place has a lot of hills already.

Well maintained and beautiful scenery. with the bridge out we had to do only half as a point and back. would love to go back after the bridge is completed to do the entire loop.

My dog and I took this route July 4/5th. Had a blast, but mosquitos were absolutely brutal and mud was pretty serious. Sometimes you gotta go through hell to get to heaven.

Beautiful Michigan country. Plenty of places to camp right on the river, a great area for hot summer days. Wildflowers galore, a few climbs to a get a great workout, and friendly people, be it other hikers, or kayakers on the manistee river.

the trails are a good excersize. but if you camp, there are weird howeling noises at night along the trails for hours. probably dogs? i barely slept, thinking of Bigfoot.

on Jordan River Pathway

backpacking
2 months ago

My wife and I backpacked this trail together. We have become more accustomed to shorter trips, but thought we'd give this one a try. Most of the trail looked not heavily travelled. We didn't encounter very many others on the trail. Along the trail you'll find raspberries and blackberries in many areas as well as different types of mushrooms. The nature is very well preserved here. We did the trail clockwise which enabled us to push the longer leg to the campground first. The longer leg is filled with ups and downs, very refreshing for Michigan trails. The picturesque sites are sprinkled along the way. The campground is nice, it looks like most campers stay respectful of the campground. The water has a great taste from the hand pump. It currently costs $15 to stay. There were 2 things I wish were different; 1, I wish the campground was an actual hike in only instead of being able to park about .2mi from the campground. 2, I was disappointed the campground wasn't actually on the riverside. Neither of these ruined the stay though, we still very much enjoyed ourselves. The shorter leg is much flatter most the way. Lastly, just as mentioned in other reviews, that last little bit back up deadmans Hill is tough, but I think overall clockwise worked best for us.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trip was as good as it gets. Trail was well maintained, getting water is very easy being that your on a island. Did this loop ten days ago and didnt pull out the bug spray once. Gorgeous views every night at camp, the best part is once you are off the boat and on the trail you dont run into anyone. I would highly recommend backpacking the NMI loop.

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