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
62 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.

1 month ago

This is my family's favorite trail, we try to come up here once a year to enjoy it! It is a great mix of lake views, forest, islands and hills. There is a swimming area at the bottom of a small dune to cool off if you get too warm. Just a great place to take a hike!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. You're basically island hopping around an old flood plain. Bit uneven and steep in a few spots.

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2 months ago

My husband and I did this hike on a Friday afternoon with our dog. We did the lost lake and ridge trail combination (approx 4 miles) and loved it. Combining the two trails gave us a great variety of scenery and terrain. The lost lake portion includes pretty views of Hamlin with fun bridges to walk over while the ridge portion includes climbing up sand paths to see beautiful views from elevations. We would say that the lost lake portion was easy and that the ridge trail section was more moderate (as climbing up the sand paths was rigorous at times). While on the ridge trail portion we took a small detour and saw some beautiful views of dunes on the Hamlin lake side. From the ridge trail we also saw some of Lake Michigan. I would definitely recommend including the ridge trail section as it truly made the hike for us.

One of our favorite parts of this hike was seeing so many trees with their roots above ground.

PS. We only saw one other hiker during our hike so it felt like we had the trail to ourselves.

3 months ago

nice trails!

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3 months ago

Most recently I hiked in the Tetons and Arches but this trail was more spectacular in its variety of terrain. All the beauty of the forest but dotted with gorgeous marshes, tip top sand dune vistas of Lake Michigan, and virtually no bugs made this a dream hike.
Add on the Ridge trail, we saw no one for two hours and felt like first time explorers. The boardwalks were in great shape, enabling us to enjoy views on both sides. Fair warning; at the near bottom of Island Trail, there is a very narrow section with a 4 ft dirt mound that you must scramble over. We were able to hand to hand pass over our tiny dogs but if yours is large Im not sure you can get through this section.

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4 months ago

Used to camp here as a kid. This trail among many others at Ludington State Park are among the best collection of quality trails and shoreline in the Lower Peninsula.

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5 months ago

Just beautiful! Although it was cloudy i saw some turtles :) combined it with the ridge trail which was more challenging and a great landscape complement

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6 months ago

Pretty views of the lake, easy trail, well marked, and very clean.

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9 months ago

Beautiful trails. The ridge trail seemed to be the least populated.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

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).

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Amazing hike. Highly recommend!!

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Monday, September 25, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Great hike for photo ops and children.

Monday, September 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

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!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Turtle Paradise

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