Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Huron National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

Very nice trail in the fall.

2 months ago

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.

on Silver Valley Loop Trail

2 months ago

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.

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

deer flys were insane at certain points. okay for a walk but the scenery is the same everywhere. no real picture points

Very nice trail. My pup and I had a great time hiking it. we didnt get to do much because it started to rain. We will definitely be going back.

Trails are great for spring hiking.

7 months ago

This trail is gorgeous - and not very well known. The little brother to the Manistee River Trail but very similar and way less people and more remote.

8 months ago

Best hiking trail in lower Michigan.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

We did a portion of this trail (about 3.5 miles) and it was a nice easy hike. Even thought it was a holiday weekend, we were the only people on the trail (that we saw). Very serene and relaxing hike.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice rolling hills throughout the trail.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Gorgeous forest. Ally will love it!

cross country skiing
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Used to go cross country skiing out here with my dad and sisters when we were kids. We have a good story or two about some black diamond hills and getting lost on the trail after sunset... Would like to go out here again and get my boyfriend on the trails this time. ❤❤❤

Monday, April 10, 2017

very nice trail did all 8 Miles on 9/Apr/2017 all but two trees cleared from the path. Very nice trail to have as my first trail of the year. Easy enough to follow, next time going to go through a little slower and get a few pictures.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The trail itself is slightly hard to follow in certain spots due to downed trees, but that just adds to the beauty of the area. Very large hemlock and even seedlings that have been planted by volunteer groups can be found. Easy access to the trail and restrooms off of Chase Bridge Road too!

trail running
Saturday, September 17, 2016

I'm not sure how this is listed as 1.3 miles considering the signage clearly shows it is nearly 8 miles total distance (one way out and back) if accessed from M-72. There is a sign at the trailhead, although it can be accessed at other points. Some down trees In had to climb over, but that is more of a small detail rather than a gripe. Follows the Au Sable for a nice stretch and there are some decent looks at the river. I half hiked half ran these trails. I'd go back for sure.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Well marked trails, enjoyable forest hike.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nice trails through the woods. Very quiet and peaceful since we pretty much had all trails to ourselves! You won't find spectacular views but an extensive trail system. We took the outer trails all around. That makes for about 12-13 miles of hiking.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Easy to find. We'll marked and mapped. Wide grassy trails. Rolling hills typical Northern Michigan forest. Hiked over six miles.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Lovely family spot. Many distances available for the hikers. Don't be afraid to check out Silver Valley across monument road from Corsair. Both are excellent.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

walked only to the camp ground but was still cool

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