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Great trail with some awesome views. Had the trail to ourselves.

excellent day trail. low traffic. fairly well maintained. well marked.

Great trail.

16 days ago

surprisingly nice trail!

beautiful scenery, even for a December hike.

Great hike! I had no idea Hillsdale County had trails like this! I was pleasantly surprised!

Really nice trail, clear of most debris and well marked even when intersecting with other trails.
Note that the 3.7 Mile distance is one way! I didn’t read the description well enough and thought it was 3.7 total (out and back).

Was a nice well traveled with some grooming trail. Would have been better if they could have created a loop. We came back on an atv trail just to get a different view. There is definitely some wildlife based on tracks on the trail but we did not see any which would also have made it better. Large portions of the trail are shaded with a few clearings but it helped break up the scenery. Was impressed with the stands of pine that were planted in rows at some point in history.

The trails intertwine with frisbee golf courses, which look pretty challenging, but cause you to question if you are on the trail or the course. Trail was in good condition, shaded and view was nice and changing. I do think the trails could have been laced out a little better to catch better glimpses of marsh or waterholes. Was a good walk with family after lunch but this app was helpful to find and follow trail.

Lots of bugs was being swarmed by at least 10 flys the entire walk was annoying so tired around and went home

my wife and I very much enjoyed this trail today. Weather was perfect so that always makes it better.

The trail is very wooded with easy elevations. The lake and wild flowers were pleasant. We did see a beautiful white tail dear while hiking.

We very much liked linking up with the North Country Trail. Hopefully we can do more of that trail in the future.

We only passed two sets of hikers so felt we had the whole forest to ourselves.

I did miss a couple of turns so stretched out the hike a bit but cut some off by cutting up Felch road but still did 8 miles.

Recommend this trail for hikers at any level.

7+ mile estimate is very misleading - loda lake trails altogether are probably 2ish miles. we added the birch grove trail and a small section of the north country trail for a total of about 6 miles.

good birding near the lake and on the first part of birch grove. woodpeckers, warblers, virios, lots of chipmunks and a couple of deer.

Nice hike with kids and dogs. $5 fee per car since it is a national forest.

We are looking forward to going back when flowers are blooming. Nice map with good information.

The Loda Lake trail is not as long as mapped on app. This makes a loop with NCT and Birch Grove trail.

We hiked clockwise on Loda Lake trail then took connector to NCT. We then walked north on NCT for a mile. Returned and completed loop to Loda Lake for a total of 6 miles.

Seen a male rose-breasted Grosebeak, blue racer snake, and dog “found” 3 ticks.

This is a hidden gem with bathroom and new expanded parking lot with picnic tables and shelter.

My husband and Iare volunteer trail maintenance of this trail, from 18 -20 mile, it’s a nice easy trail with streams and swampy areas that give of wonderful earthy smells.
I have found that even in the ugliest part of the season ( between winter & Spring) nature is still amazing

When you get past the prairie the pines are a great site for overnight
Made one last night cheers

Great trail, well kept, and easy to hike, i am a big girl but love to be in the great outdoors and it’s nice to enjoy the trail without getting so winded

Trail is well marked and maintained. Had a slight but working cell signal which allowed google maps to track me. Although I couldn’t get the All trails app to work while out there. Lots of areas that post private property signs which made picking a campsite a bit more tricky. Hiked five miles in and setup camp just east of Poplar ave. Was hoping to camp near Crofoot Lake but too many private property signs were littering the area so I doubled back.
Did this hike the second week of November and honestly I think it would have been a bit better to go a bit earlier in the season. Most of the leaves had already fallen from the trees. Still a beautiful hike though and will definitely be back.

Great trail and I don’t see much use for the section from M115 north to M37 north

Friday, September 22, 2017

Easy trails, well marked, some plants identified.

This is usually the first hike I do every spring, great hike to start the season

love this trail

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

I've been hiking this trail for almost twenty years and still love it

backpacking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

I like to hike the loop, very enjoyable. I've done this hike in every season except winter

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

We hiked this section out-and-back with a small group. The terrain was moderate with no obstructions. The entire section is off-road, including the straight section which looks like a road. This section is between two parcels of private property and is being graciously provided by the owners so please be respectful.

This was my first visit to Manistee National Forest. A buddy and I made a spur of the moment decision to go. We hiked for about two hours before making camp. From what we saw, the trail was well marked and clean. We had no problems with mosquitos, ticks, or any other bugs. We noticed at night, there was complete silence. No tree frogs croaking or crickets chirping A very peaceful and pleasant overnight trip. Will be visiting again.

Beautiful trail. Started at Red Bridge.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

really awesome, we saw a fawn and a bunch of small animals. there were some pretty flowers and really pretty scenery. 10/10 will hike again. (just make sure you bring big spray!)

Loda Lake is a great trail for nature walks, the guided wildflower trails, and a historic heritage trail. The map on this app shows more land than is really there at the wildflower sanctuary.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Not too difficult, and a pleasure.

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