Ridge Trail

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Ridge Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hamlin Township, 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 May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

The start of the Canoe Trail is the beach at the Hamlin Lake day use area of Ludington State Park. There are restrooms and a concession that rents canoes and kayaks at the launch.

Best trail to experience the essence of Ludington State Park. Great trail for wildlife viewing off-season.

I found this trail to be more "moderate" than easy. Great views with some up and down climbs. More difficult than Island Trail, but beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Just a portion of our hiking over in Ludington. One of my favorites with a nice mix of woods, beach, and views of the dunes and Lake Michigan. Moderately challenging and surprisingly not very busy for a weekend in July. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2 months ago

Great views! You can even find mini beaches if you want somewhere to swim without the crowd.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

One of the best state parks to camp and hike. Multiple hiking trails of decent length and great views and good times all around.

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Very nice walk along the river with many places to get into the water. Mostly on a paved trail so it is an easy walk.

canoeing
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

cross country skiing
Saturday, February 21, 2015

hiking
Friday, August 09, 2013

hiking
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

sea kayaking
Thursday, March 14, 2013

We spent a really nice early fall afternoon out on Hamlin Lake. The temperature was perfect and the bugs were gone. A few years ago we did this in early July and bug spray was a must.

The trail took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. I would plan on at least a couple hours for this trip. We paddled at a fairly good pace and didn't take any breaks along the way. The conditions were also perfect without any wind to slow us down in either direction.

There are more pictures and info on our blog: http://www.mymichigantrips.com/more-MI-travel-info/day_trips/ludington-canoe-trail.html