Lost Lake and Island Loop Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Lost Lake and Island Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ludington, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Park at the Hamlin Beach lot to start the loop from the southeast end, or at the entrance to Cedar Campground to start the loop from the southwest end.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Upon arriving at the Ludington State Park, we were met by a friendly ranger working the entrance gate ($9 visitor charge for an out of state day pass). The gentleman directed us to the nearest parking to the start of this trail and gave us a trail map. As we drove to the starting location, my husband and I were pleasantly surprised at how well kept the grounds and facilities were. At the parking lot we found clean flushing toilets and a playground and beach for kids to play. There was also a kayak, canoe and other small crafts available for rent (ranging around $25/ 2-hour).

The hike itself had beautiful views of the lake. We loved the board walks across marshes and streams. Halfway through the trail, we stopped at the top of a sand dune at a bench with a vantage point and gave our daughter a bottle. The views of the lakes and forest surrounding it was beautiful. (There were several people out kayaking and ducks flying overhead that were a bit of a distraction for a 7 month old while eating tho!) Even from high up we could see the sandy floor of the crystal clear water on the lake. On the hike we saw chipmunks, squirrels, deer and woodpeckers. The trails were well marked and easy to follow.

I would have to rate this trail as easy-moderate as it was not very difficult (or at least not nearly as difficult as other moderate level trails we have hiked in the area).

1 month ago

Amazing hike. Highly recommend!!

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1 month ago

❤❤ Absolutely gorgeous, quite a few places with to stop and enjoy the view, 10/10 would recommend.

Great hike for photo ops and children.

2 months ago

Exceeded our expectations...we went late in the afternoon on a sunny day and the late afternoon light gave the surroundings a gorgeous glow, we took some amazing pictures. There wasn't much foot traffic on the path considering it was a holiday weekend. Worth a look if you are in the area with pets and/or kids.

Beautiful trails through the woods mostly. If you're looking for more of a challenge, try Ridge trail. This is more up and down with amazing views from a higher perspective. Sightings of Lake Michigan and Big Sable Lighthouse!

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