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Mason Tract Pathway is a 9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grayling, Michigan that features a river 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.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 288 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

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Forest

River

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David Rogers
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shaded, except for clear cut not far from trail parking. if planning loop, remember to pick up feet on return trip, lots of roots. bug spray a must

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Chelsey Kramer
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Ticks!!!!! Worst tick infestation I’ve ever seen. We sprayed ourselves and our dogs just before we started walking and we pulled over 100 ticks off the 2 of us (2 humans 2 pups). It was terrible. Not great views or anything either.

MJ Ewald
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Hiking

Good workout whether running or walking. Secluded with some narrow spots. Never down the whole trail, though. Furthest I’ve gone is about 4.5-5 miles.

Penny Szabo
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Hiking

Good, easy trail with moderate traffic. You pass through a logging camp before getting to the river. Lots of wildlife and places to stop near the river. I did Thayers Creek Loop and it was about 8.5 miles with a few off trail adventures.

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Molly Kidner
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Hiking

pretty trail, great views. No bugs this early in the season. Short logged section at the start.

Jasmine Wooten
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great hike. trail is easy to see. very scenic. love this trail.

CJ Weld
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Hiking

Beautiful once you get to the river, but you have to pass through a logging zone to get there unfortunately.

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kellyclearfork User
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We hiked this trail today, taking the Thayer loop, for a total of 7 miles or so. Absolutely beautiful! Well marked signs, nice even trail, and gorgeous scenery. Several places have access to the river, which our dog enjoyed. A very nice mixture of hardwoods, which were stunning in their fall colors, and evergreens. Very easy hiking as far as elevation changes. The only negative we experienced was the presence of men with rifles - yep - hunters. I asked the first two we passed if it was a hunting season of some kind and was hunting allowed in the Mason Tract. He said it was grouse and deer season and we were on “public lands.” I was very surprised there wouldn’t have been a sign somewhere warning hikers. At our first trail marker, we passed a family of hikers with children. They didn’t mention the hunters, but we heard gun shots shortly after. We debated turning around but we were both wearing bright colors and I happened to have an orange rain jacket in my backpack, which I tied around my pack. We carried on and any time we heard the sound of guns, we shouted our presence. I guess locals know the seasons but I would have appreciated a warning sign! It began to rain on us the last mile or so but it was still pleasant and by then we were hot and happy to cool off. I will definitely come back!

Jacqueline Vazquez
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Hiking

Great mushrooms, coral. Good rustic camping

David Rogers
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Hiking

the trail follows road routes, and intersects logging/access roads. markings not really clear. Study overall map before hike, especially if you intend on hiking the 9 miles. you'll have it pretty much to yourself, especially after the campground.

Nate Davidhizar
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Hiking

Marked well; great little hike. Minimal views of river.

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Kurt Grass
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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.

Molly Lewis
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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.

Travis Smith
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Hiking

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.

Joe Pigeon
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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.

Sarah Itchue
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Hiking

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!

Craig Grappin
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Hiking

walked only to the camp ground but was still cool

Cristina Eames
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Cristina Eames
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Dori Gross
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Alissa Parks
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J L.
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Charlie L
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Charlie L
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Charles Webster
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Carolyn Sutton
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Charlie L
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Brandon Strzelecki
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Heather Ramacker
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