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Stunning! The first portion is a little dull (biking it would certainly cut down on time!), but once you’re past Tee Harbour, things start to get interesting. The top section would likely benefit from more trail markers, but it’s fine. The views are absolutely incredible and well worth the steep climb!

Nice secluded trail. Trails aren’t marked well, but it’s not hard to figure it out. We had to backtrack twice but it just added to the experience.

hiking
10 days ago

Absolutely loved this. So much wildlife. Awesome sunset, make it a point to see this on a partly cloudy summer night.

My family and I traveled from Wisconsin, USA to hike this trail and it did not disappoint. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. The first part of the trail goes down past Seal Point lookout. It is about 3 miles long and is quite flat, but follows the shore line, so you get to hear the lapping of the waves. You reach a couple of check-marks along the way, but make sure to stay to the right and follow the trail signs.

When you actually reach the Sleeping Giant trail, the climb is pretty steep with roots and rocks and a lot of undergrowth that obscures the trail a bit. When you make it to the very top there is a sign that points you to a 2km trail along the ridge—do it! You’ll come to a few different false lookouts, but continue on and you’ll reach a lookout with a few trails veering off. Take the one going into the forest, follow it for awhile and follow the blue arrows. You’ll come to an absolutely gorgeous lookout over Lake Superior. The ravine is beautiful and you can hear the echoes of the birds.

It’s a long hike, but the view at the end is totally worth it!

hiking
13 days ago

beautiful land but far too many bikes to make for an enjoyable walk with the dogs. have to be on high alert 100% of the time watching for them around tight corners.

hiking
14 days ago

I'm heading up Top of the Giant Trail from Kabeyun Trail/Talus Lake Trail and hoped someone who had already hiked it could confirm if there are any water sources on the way that can be accessed to filter water. Thanks,

Quite, alone except for two cyclists, lots of spiders and one snake. Couple of places bit more challenging than “moderate”. Wonderful hike, felt like I was in a wilderness. One disturbing thing, someone used spray paint on trees to mark trail.

Fun trail!

Long hike in but it is relatively flat compared to the chest. Once reaching the top of the giant trail head you pass a really nice lake. The trail starts to become pretty strenuous as the trail begins to zig zag it’s way up the cliff side. The hike offers amazing views!! One thing I noticed upon reaching the top is that you need to continue hiking until you find the chimney chute route which climbs between two massive cliffs. There is not a lot of trail markers at the top to direct you but don’t get discouraged.

Great trail but it doesn’t have designated parking.

hiking
20 days ago

It was a great hike even on a warm summer afternoon. Very few mosquitos right now. The trail is not very wide and there are lots of mountain bikers, so hikers be alert. There is the occasional low hanging branch, but other than that, the trail is well maintained.

hiking
20 days ago

Completed the full 17+ mile loop a few weeks back. Well marked and the trail was very well-maintained. The campsites partway through were nice to stop at for a water resupply. Would rate the trail as challenging due to the numerous hills, but definitely doable. Some beautiful views along the way, though the mosquitoes made it so that our stops were very limited and short-lived. Would highly recommend, just bring some bug spray with you and be sure to dip your tired feet in the lake afterwards.

on Bird Hills Trail

30 days ago

We hiked a few weeks ago and were fortunate to see an indigo bunting! The trails were a little muddy, but overall we really enjoyed our hike.

walking
1 month ago

Very immersive and beautiful but a little confusing to navigate.

backpacking
1 month ago

A friend and I did a modified version of this trail and we found it to be great! Trails were marked well, everything was well maintained, and the campsites were clean and beautiful. I did get some bites from mosquitoes but a little 100% deet kept them at bay. Just don’t stay out past dark! Would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Just did this hike with my son yesterday and the view from the top was spectacular! The hike was moderate for part of the way and then became difficult for the last 4K climb to the top. 100% worth every sore muscle I have today!

I wouldn’t say it’s a hike, it is just a paved path the whole way there, but the falls are beautiful

Fun hike with a good view at the top

I said I'd come back when the trails were thawed and, hopefully, drier. Unfortunately, I rate my second visit worse than my first. The High Bluff and Woodlands trails are nice, as is the Wetland Trail on the south side of the wetland and around to the viewing platform overlooking the the wetland (well, as nice as a boardwalk can be). The wetland trail west of the viewing platform (leaving the platform, take an immediate left) is overgrown, soggy, and not particularly interesting. It leads to the edge of the Preserve, where there is a path through the undergrowth in the power line right-of-way that takes you north to the North Trail. I saw MTB tracks on both the Wetland Trail west of the platform and the power line path; neither section has anywhere a hiker could go to get out of the way of a bike. The North Trail is also overgrown and has as many soggy spots as the bad part of the Wetland Trail. Much as I want to like Cherry Hill, and I really like the High Bluff and Woodlands Trails, they are neither long nor interesting enough as an out-and-back to entice me back here frequently. If you want a hike in this area, Matthaei Gardens offers much more interesting hiking, longer trails, and more wildlife, less than a mile away. The only "advantage" Cherry Hill has is free parking alongside a dusty dirt road, while you have to pay to park at Matthaei. Photos are geotagged with my 6/1/18 track.

great way to escape into nature when in the great city of Ann Arbor. There's always a decent number of people in there. Always better to leave the Arb before it gets completely dark, but otherwise VERY safe.

hiking
1 month ago

Scio Forest is a very pretty little woods. The trails are generally nicely maintained, although brush is encroaching the trail several places. It is a relatively wet woods and has lots of mosquitoes, bring your bug spray. Much of the trail is reasonably quiet, with very little noise from Scio Church road; the frogs can kick up quite a racket in the evening. My most recent pics are geo-tagged on my 6/1/18 track.

backpacking
1 month ago

Its not a difficult trail but it is a hard trail, that is VERY BUGGY, there is no relief from the mosquitos, the campsites for backpackers are a little tight but they are nice. Again they are not bug free, and it seems like bug spray is like ringing a dinner bell. The hand pump for water at the campsites is however a great bonus, its ice cold, and no it does not have a funky taste. It is definitely challenging, but a good beginner trail for the hobby if the biters slack off later in the season. The 3 stars are because of the bugs.

backpacking
1 month ago

Good trail for beginners, started at silver lake (marker 1) headed to blind lake camp ground using the shortcut. Camp grounds were nice and clean, but the vault toilet needed a little attention. The addition of having a water pump at site is always great. Finished the loop the next day heading to markers 12, 4, 3, 2, 1. I think the total loop was around 11 miles. All in all great little weekend trip. Mosquitos were the worst I have ever experienced. All staff we ran into were friendly and welcoming.

on Potawatomi Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Great beginner backpacking route. Our family (kids age 8, 7, 3) completed the short cut version of this trail over Memorial weekend, this was our kid's first time backpacking. We parked at the Silver Lake trailhead and hiked in to Crooked Lake campground for night 1. Used the shortcut to hike to Blind Lake for night 2. Hiked out past the stone fireplace since we were all ready to escape the still, humid air in the thick woods! We crossed paths with many bikers- most were very courteous. The campgrounds were ok- the pit toilets were in serious need of emptying and cleaning as the ammonia was throat burning (I've used pit toilets in many places-these were the worst I've seen). I had to clean up a handful of glass shards from our Blind Lake site before setting up camp. Also, be sure you have reservations for camping- the rangers were active in checking permits at Blind Lake. We watched some unfortunate soul be asked to leave after a long talk with the staff. The trail itself was great! Well maintained and mostly well marked- marker 10 made us stop and think for a minute though! The trail is challenging- but my 3 year old made it (he hiked most of it on his two feet, he freeloaded rides from mom and dad on occasion). I gave this four stars because, gross camp toilets.

Been on this trail many times. Very easy hike with little elevation change. Medium to high traffic but everyone is friendly and courteous. Would recommend for an afternoon walk or bike ride outdoors.

Wonderful reward for the effort in the hike. The views from the Knees of the Giant are breathtaking!!

Nice little hike, moderate is an accurate rating. Not very challenging. Had bad luck and went on a super foggy day. Couldn’t see much.

Amazing trail and the tough climb is totally worth the view at the top! It is of the most vast and seemingly untouched vistas of Lake Superior that I know of.

birding
1 month ago

Fantastic trail for birding. Bring bird seed and the chickadees and titmice are likely to eat out of your hand.

As far as paved trails in the area this is as good as it gets. Variety of views and inclines and lots of people walking, jogging, and riding bikes. Super pet-friendly. Variety of scenic views along the loop.

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