Asylum Lake Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kalamazoo, Michigan that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.6 miElevation gain118 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Former site of the Kalamazoo mental hospital. Now WMU has turned this area into a wild life preserve. This boasts a very large lake, trails, and loads of wildlife.

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Ben K
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Madison Plangger
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A bit muddy

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Matthew Zaleski
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Great trail, even with the snow

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Peter Zillmann
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The trail today was nearly frozen solid. I’m glad I wore my ice cleats; otherwise I’d have turned back. The muddiest parts still found a way to be muddy. Worth it, but treacherous.

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Kristofer Holroyd
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Emily Reyes
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One of our all time favorites, with the endless variety of trails, so many left or rights!!

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Grace Johnson
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super nice, everyone i passed was super nice and kept their distance

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Kathleen Grinwis
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Beautiful day!! Hike around the lake. A little tricky at the end due to swampy conditions.

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Terrie Nick
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Did Yellow and Blue beautiful day

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Terrie Nick
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Mixed trail conditions- mostly easy Super mucking and you need to get of onto Drake rd and re-enter the trail, that area is difficult in spots.

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Michelle Crooks
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Really pretty trail around Asylum Lake. Little detour due to high water on to Drake Road. Marshy in places.

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Jennifer Schneider
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raysha chung
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only at the end of the trail it's flooded so you need to get on Drake street. Google map get you to the parking the wrong way. Enter through Drake street.

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Tammie Hamilton
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Beautiful!

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Kory Gardner
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Tessa Donovan
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Pretty swampy in some places

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Lynsie Hafele
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Mark G
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I did the basic loop around the lake -- which, of course, was your basic loop around a lake. I went counter clockwise, and found most of the trail on the far side is an unsanctioned single-track trail. It goes to a VERY busy road, across a short but pretty skanky swamp (I was unprepared for that - shame on me). Lots of space to walk, but you don't have a sense of remoteness. Mind the mosquito warnings!

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Madison Thomas
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It’s was great in fall, pretty leaf colors.

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Emma Dunlop
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I love this trail! I don’t follow the guide on here as it’s really overgrown.

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Roderick Deltron
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Ana Vella
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Probably one of my favorite places to hike. Love how you are able to view the lake in multiple locations!

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Nick Prainito
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Alicia Aleardi
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Megan Horner
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Megan Horner
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I had looked at the trail ahead of time, so I knew that it came out and made you walk down Drake a little ways before getting back on the trail. This was not a problem even though Drake does not have a sidewalk. But I was not prepared for re entering the trail. You literally have to climb over the guard rail, go through some weeds onto the trail that you can barely see, climb under a 1/2 fence, and go down onto the trail. the trail is very muddy and watery right at first. After that though it's a very nice trail through the woods. It is short so I added on some of their many other trails to make it a bit longer. There are no signs and nothing is marked, but with the all trails app that is not a problem.

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Lisa Brenner
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