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Right off the trailhead you can either go left or right. If you go to the right, it’s just a short walk to an incredible and secluded beach where you will be one of a few people occupying the beach. We ended up staying there and swimming for hours!
However, the left side of the trail at the Y has “okay” views and tons of dunes. It was alright, maybe 2/5 stars.
But that beach was soooooo amazing! So clear!

Pretty easy trail. Down hill to the lake, then up hill on the way back. Beautiful views from bluffs

3 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.

This trail winds and is steep. The way back to the car will always be at an incline which may be a little difficult for some. The view of the lake was cool too.

Very easy mostly shaded trail in figure 8 style with shortcuts that are good for families with small children. Nice woodland setting with a small shallow stream running through it.

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 and beach access. its all uphill on the way back though.

It is a great all-around hike with something for everyone. 7-year old approved. Where the trail ends at the lake supposedly there is a sunken boat that can be snorkeled. Great fossil hunting. Nice rolling hills and views.

Start off on the North Country Trail with fresh legs as it’s a bit hilly depending on where you start. We got caught in a monster thunderstorm that ripped the rain fly off of our tent the first night...definitely made for a wet finish. But a great hike for anyone of any skill level.

hiking
12 days ago

Lovely hike. We camped in the campground but next time will camp in dispersed campsite on West side. Pretty and easy/moderate hike. Our dog loved going for dips in the river. Will be back.

This is a pretty trail the follows along the Boardman River to the Keystone rapids head. It was a nice moderate hike. One warning, they have signs up to watch out for poison ivy. While the trails are clear of any poison ivy, there is poison ivy all around the areas near the trails

Love this trail! We did 9 miles of the MRT and straight back skipping the NCT. Next time plan to do the whole loop. Do not start at the Marilla trail head like we did, added an extra 2-3 miles and was not scenic. The river is beautiful, you hike up and down ravines, and you can camp over looking the river. We went in late April when it was high 60s and it was really crowded. I would do it again in the fall. People had their bags tied up with rope to avoid bears. We camped about a mile or less from the red bridge on a cliff and it was really open so we could see other campers but it was a great view! All dogs we came across were on a leash which was awesome and hikers were very kind!

7-mile trek from Slagle Creek trail head north to Seaton Creek camp ground. Nice trail crossing several small creeks that cascade down into the Manistee River. Good views of the river from many elevated view points. Last mile past the suspension bridge a little less spectacular but a worthwhile hike. Seasonal two track to Slagle Creek trail head could cause problem for sedan type vehicles.

on Silver Creek Pathway

23 days ago

Pretty hike. Easy to moderate. Nice to get side tracked for a dip in the pine. Dog loved it.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty good hike and some areas are quite steep for some good cardio. Nice walk to the beach and great lookouts.

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.

17 Miles all paved! Take the bus from Traverse City and ride back from Suttons’ Bay! Very beautiful ride. Winery at about the 7.5 mile point, Shady Lane Winery. Cheese plates and tastings.

backpacking
1 month ago

A beautiful setting and easy hiking. Header info is wrong about pets. Pets are not allowed on the islands; mainland only. Other comments about the mosquitos are correct at times. Check first; it does turn a great trip into an ordeal
Lost of history in addition to the scenery.

Parked at the south Slagle Creek parking lot with plans to do and out and back hike to the small waterfalls. Walked down a hill, over a pretty wooden bridge, and then the trail wound to the right (north). The trail offers great views of the Manistee River along the way. Note there are one or two areas where the trail is very close to the edge and you have to watch your step. Loads of ferns, several footbridges, people kayaking on the river added up to a wonderful time. There were a few ups and downs, but nothing too extreme. I had knee surgery about 6 months ago and was able to do it, with precautions, especially on the descents. The biggest hill we encountered was the one right before reaching the small waterfalls. I forgot to start recording until a little way into our hike. Would estimate distance from slagle creek parking lot to small waterfalls is about 3.3 miles so 6.6 miles for an out and back.

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic. Beautiful river. Trail ranges from wide to narrow, mud to rocks to leaves, some trees are down over the trail through the whole thing, but that just makes it more fun.

trail running
1 month ago

We did a trail run loop, parked at the west side of the red bridge (bridge still out). Clocked 20 miles without any side trips, took us 5 hours. It was a very very calm river day - We staged 2 small rafts on the east side and floated across; also could have swam across. Be warned - i could easily see this river having tougher/swifter conditions after a rain. Lovely forest trail with amazing river views. Previous reviews are accurate - NCT side has no water for most of this section. I’d say both sides are same difficulty, NCT has longer ups/downs but MRT has more roots, shorter ups/downs, and harder to navigate due to social trails and campsite side trails (when running we were forced to stop and check several times to ensure on right path). Have fun running among the trees & ferns & mushrooms!

Pretty, serene, and well marked every step of the way!

Great trails with much of the path edging the river/rapids. Beautiful woods and well-marked.

Basically an out and back from Upper River trailhead to Slagle Road campground, totaling ~30 miles. Too bad the loop wasn’t accessible due to the bridge construction. First time out here - definitely a good hike for the Midwest. Some tough hills, especially on the NCT side 2x and nice views on the MRT side. Even took some time to swim in the Manistee River. I’d recommend it.

I adore this trail. I go back time and time again and find new ways to explore and make the most of my time there.

1 month ago

Nice wooded trail with sand and gravel pathways, great if walking with young kids. You may struggle a little bit if you bring a stroller with small wheels (like a small umbrella stroller) but we made our way along pretty well with a wagon!

hiking
1 month ago

Actually didn’t get to hike the trail. Got here to find a sign(looked to be pretty new) saying no dogs. We had just drivin 45 minutes with dogs in tote.

45 minutes drive to this “dog friendly” trail to find a “no pets” sign posted. Might be a great trail but not happy after driving 45 minutes to get here.

A fun few shaded miles of wooded elevations with a couple dune-top lookout decks. Midpoint stairs that decend to a secluded beach on Lake Michigan. The trail is trodden enough that I hiked the path out barefoot after swimming.

Currently the loop is closed due to construction of a new bridge at N. Coates Highway but I didn't plan on doing the loop. Arrived around 4 on a rainy Friday, June 15th. Parked at Seaton Campground, there was plenty of available parking. I believe it was $6 a night to park. Just have to fill out the self check in slip located on the information billboards across from the parking lot and drop it in the drop post. The first couple miles were so green and lush after the storm that had just rolled in. Trees, ferns, leaves were dripping wet and had that strong nostalgic pine woody smell. I wore hiking shorts and a dry fit shirt due to the 1,000% humidity even though it was around 68-70 degrees and immediately they were soaked from brushing against the overgrown ferns. There were a handful of people on the trail and the campsites I had passed were mostly empty. I hiked a little over 4 miles and camped at a non designated campsite. There was a steep small trail that lead down to a clearing right on the bank of the river where there was a make shift fire pit and easy access to the water. Across the river was a large dune cliff with dozens of birds flying in and out of their nests. Lightning, thunder, and rain rolled in making sleep pretty peaceful. In the morning, bugs were pretty thick, mostly flies and mosquitoes, only left with a couple a bites. Bug spray seemed to be working fine but the trails were bug free. On the way out, Saturday afternoon now, I must have crossed about 30 people's paths. A few big groups and a few couple/trios. The trail was very clean and well marked except for a few places where I had to backtrack a few feet. Next trip will be in the fall when the leaves are changing and the weather is a little cooler. Should make for a great experience.

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