Northwest Trail Loop or Wakazoo Trail Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Northwest Trail Loop or Wakazoo Trail Loop is a 13.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Allegan, Michigan that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

13.8 miles
357 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



trail running




old growth

over grown

1 month ago

Trail is maintained by volunteers. As a volunteer, I have not made it to this trail yet and probably won't get to it until 2018 because I am cleaning all the interior trails at Ely Lake Campground/Park. If anyone wants to help with loppers or chain saws, that would be greatly appreciated. :)

I am giving it a 4-star because it is the only trail in Southwest Michigan that is of considerable length for trail running or back packing.

trail running
1 month ago

It was hard to locate the trail around the maze of campsites at Ely Lake. Then no more than a half mile on the trail I come to a road crossing and can't find where it picks up on the other side despite having the map and GPS. There are no clear trail markings but plenty of no trespassing signs. I ended up just running along the county roads praying all the while that no dogs came chasing after me... Not a recommended trail unless you know the area.