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Martin Fanning
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Hiking

Hiking with kids on a very warm day - we took the shortcut at trail marker 21 and didn’t do the far end of the loop. Shortened the trail to about 4 miles.

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Alex Frederick
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HikingBugs

well maintained and easy to navigate! some parts are a little close to the road, but all in all a nice and quiet hike

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David Rogers
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Hiking

shaded, except for clear cut not far from trail parking. if planning loop, remember to pick up feet on return trip, lots of roots. bug spray a must

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Chelsey Kramer
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Hiking

Ticks!!!!! Worst tick infestation I’ve ever seen. We sprayed ourselves and our dogs just before we started walking and we pulled over 100 ticks off the 2 of us (2 humans 2 pups). It was terrible. Not great views or anything either.

Shelley Stewart
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Hiking

Very nice hike! Lots of up and down hills, beautiful scenery. Trail was wide enough for people to walk side by side. Well maintained, dry and relaxing. Nice map.

MJ Ewald
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Hiking

Good workout whether running or walking. Secluded with some narrow spots. Never down the whole trail, though. Furthest I’ve gone is about 4.5-5 miles.

Trent Limban
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Hiking

Well marked. Well maintained. Lots of white pines

Penny Szabo
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Hiking

Good, easy trail with moderate traffic. You pass through a logging camp before getting to the river. Lots of wildlife and places to stop near the river. I did Thayers Creek Loop and it was about 8.5 miles with a few off trail adventures.

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Molly Kidner
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Hiking

pretty trail, great views. No bugs this early in the season. Short logged section at the start.

Jasmine Wooten
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HikingIcySnow

great hike. trail is easy to see. very scenic. love this trail.

Kate Redding
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HikingSnow

These trails were such a pleasant surprise! Very clearly marked and well groomed. There are also lots of extra loops you can to take. Which makes it super easy to make your hike as long or short as you want. The snow started coming down pretty hard just as we got going and our dogs had an absolutely blast trudging through the trail. I would recommend this trail and I would also love to come back and do it in the summer.

Landon Reed
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Hiking

tiny section. very swampy, but currently frozen. trees are well marked, and animals use alot of the trail so it's easy to find. had to bail when it got dark.

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CJ Weld
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Hiking

Beautiful once you get to the river, but you have to pass through a logging zone to get there unfortunately.

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kellyclearfork User
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Hiking

We hiked this trail today, taking the Thayer loop, for a total of 7 miles or so. Absolutely beautiful! Well marked signs, nice even trail, and gorgeous scenery. Several places have access to the river, which our dog enjoyed. A very nice mixture of hardwoods, which were stunning in their fall colors, and evergreens. Very easy hiking as far as elevation changes. The only negative we experienced was the presence of men with rifles - yep - hunters. I asked the first two we passed if it was a hunting season of some kind and was hunting allowed in the Mason Tract. He said it was grouse and deer season and we were on “public lands.” I was very surprised there wouldn’t have been a sign somewhere warning hikers. At our first trail marker, we passed a family of hikers with children. They didn’t mention the hunters, but we heard gun shots shortly after. We debated turning around but we were both wearing bright colors and I happened to have an orange rain jacket in my backpack, which I tied around my pack. We carried on and any time we heard the sound of guns, we shouted our presence. I guess locals know the seasons but I would have appreciated a warning sign! It began to rain on us the last mile or so but it was still pleasant and by then we were hot and happy to cool off. I will definitely come back!

Jacqueline Vazquez
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Hiking

Great mushrooms, coral. Good rustic camping

David Rogers
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Hiking

the trail follows road routes, and intersects logging/access roads. markings not really clear. Study overall map before hike, especially if you intend on hiking the 9 miles. you'll have it pretty much to yourself, especially after the campground.

Nate Davidhizar
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Hiking

Marked well; great little hike. Minimal views of river.

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Gerard Ranville
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Hiking

Well marked. There are cut-throughs that shorten the distance. Just did 2.8 miles with my 87 yr old mother in law. Can’t wait to return to do it all

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Keagan Peet
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Hiking

good trail, make sure to wear long pants, hat/headgear, and some bug spray.

Heather Bosman
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Hiking

Now this felt like a hike, lots of rolling hills. I bet it’s even more beautiful in the fall. Hiked during the week in July and the trail was in good condition, and I had I the whole trail to myself. Great hike on a hot day, the trail is shaded most of the way.

Jessica Y
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Tons of Poison Ivy, stay in the tracks! and wear proper gear! Otherwise, Appropriately labeled, Easy To navigate and great for the pooches :)

Kurt Grass
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Hiking

I wonder why this whole trail is not shown . I’ve hiked a portion of it around the north branch of the AuSable river. It’s well marked . There are some areas that could use some clearing but it’s a real nice walk with a mixed forest .

Kyle Omell
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Great hike with rolling wooded terrain and small hills. You can make the trail as long or short as you want. The trails are clearly marked and maintained well.

katrina masterson
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Hiking

Very quiet, well maintained. Beautiful woods, mainly pine with oak and a few aspen. No wildlife for our walk. No stunning vistas, but some interesting moss and fungus.

Kurt Grass
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Beautiful trail . Well maintained and marked. Along with seeing the river many times there is a section between marker 7 and 8 where there are virgin white and red pines. Very nice . It took me 3-1/2 hours to complete with several small stops for pics and grabbing water.

Debra Courville
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Hiking

Very nice trail in the fall.

Ian Nessler
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Backpacking

Although I would have liked to give a 5-star review for this trail, there are a few major issues that caused me to remove three stars. The trail is shorter than the route posted here and lacks interesting landscape for the second half of the hikable portion of the trail. I believe the other reviews for this trail are based on the first 3-4 miles of trail which consists of a dirt path with a layer of sand on top and is about 1.5 car widths wide. This part of the trail is very easy to walk and has some decent views of changing landscapes. However, once you have passed this part of the trail things change. This trail is much skinnier and requires that you follow trees marked with blue paint. After taking this portion of the trail for ~1 mile you end up on a dirt, country road. The actual trail deviates from the road from time to time but I found it difficult to find these diverging trails and ended up just traveling on the road for a while longer. This was not really what I had wanted to spend my time hiking since it was a cleared dirt road with little more than ditches to look at while walking. At ~5-6 miles in there was a difficult to see the entrance to continue on the trail (once again marked by blue paint on trees). I entered here and the foliage became much more intrusive. About a mile further into this, the path became impassable. There were large weeds interspersed with thickets of trees and raspberry bushes. The blue paint marking our path also seemed to end. I did use GPS and the route provided to move forward but the plants were too thick. This is the crux of my 2-star rating. If you are planning on backpacking the 18-mile trail I don't believe it is possible at this time of year. After ~8-9miles of hiking the trail disappears in thick brush and trees. Although I can't be mad about this as the trail is cleared by volunteers and I know that I would not want to be in charge of clearing that thick forest, it would have been nice to see that the trail is much shorter than the advertised description.

Sebastian B.
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Hiking

Great well marked trail with plenty of forest. Not really any stunning views but a solid trail to hike to get away and spend time in the forest. No one else on the trails while I was out there so it was quite quiet and peaceful. I would definitely hike this trail again.

Joyce Husband
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Hiking

Recorded this hike as 6.23 miles. Moderate but with some challenging uphill spots. Some trees down along the trail but passable Best to keep a close eye on your blue trail markers as the trail is not overly groomed. Be sure to use your big dope and hydrate. Joyce and Tom

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