Alligator Hill Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Alligator Hill Trail is a 4.4 mile loop trail located near Glen Arbor, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
744 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Pets are prohibited December 1 through March 31

trail running
8 days ago

Great way to start the day, awesome views, good ascent/descent (approx 670ft of ascent from trailhead following the advanced loop, minus the 0.8 mile “scenic overlook” of Big Glen). Thought the island view was lights-out.

15 days ago

The best views

1 month ago

Some great views from the top.

1 month ago

Nice trail, took my dog, not too strenuous but still a good workout. Good views, flora and fauna. Turkey popped out of the bushes and scared me half to death but it was funny. Saw a couple deer too which was a bonus.

nature trips
1 month ago

Very interesting trail due to all the downed trees. A nice variety of birds including a Bald Eagle from the islands overlook. A black squirrel, a mole and several chipmunks were also spotted. Easy enough for kids 8 and up or even a little younger if they are used to hikes. Not the best trail in the area but in the top 10.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Great hike and a nice distance. Brought both of my dogs and they did well, but I brought some water for them. I heard it gets busy during the summer time, but there was barely anyone there this past week. Incredible views at the top that show what Northern Michigan is made of.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike is all about Elevation but when you get to the top it will be well worth it. Great Views of Big Glen Lake and Lake Michigan.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Well maintained trail, with even mulch along the way. First island look out is beautiful and looks like a tropical paradise. Continue to overlook big glen because that water color is out of control beautiful. It has a bit of an incline but nothing too strenuous. Go to get a good idea of your surroundings. Trail is very dog friendly.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great views of Big Glen and Lake Michigan. Definitely dog friendly

hiking
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Amazing spots to hang the hammock and look at the sweet views!

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

The view was very good, kind of soothing. the trail is good, not very hectic, good for beginners.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

great view!

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Lots of flora and fauna on this trail. The storm in 2015 definitely changed much of the trail but the lookout points/views are completely worth the hike!!
If you're looking for an outside activity that will take a few hours then do the whole loop. Great trail to hike in the fall, the colors are breathtaking.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

A great trail with some nice lookout points to Lake Michigan and Glen Lake. Lots of connected loops allow you to choose your own version of the trail. The scenery was drastically changed by the violent storm in August 2015.. many wooded areas were flattened by tornado-like winds. It'll never be the same but still worth visiting!

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Great short hike - Easy trail has a few inclines that may be challenging for older hikers. The storm in Summer 2015 did a lot of damage to the area but it is fascinating to see the power of nature.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nice incline, nice sites, but man was there so many trees cut down. Id like to know why.

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great views. Nice, easy hike.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Nice hike! Pretty views, and some good exercise with the incline!

hiking
Monday, October 14, 2013

Very easy hike. There are a couple different trails but the one we chose was along the beach, so level of difficulty can be adjusted based on which trail you take. The view is beautiful.

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2012

Disappointed. Reviews said "moderate"; I would say EASY. Paved, good for all access, but not what I would consider a "hiking" trail.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2012

This whole loop is nice, but if you're short on time, a trip out to Glen Lake overlook & back is a very nice way to spend 2 hours.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2011

Was disappointed to find the second trail head not on the map in early May. It has since been rectified. Resulted in an extra 7mi hike on a main road back to my car.

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