Shingle Mill Pathway

MODERATE 8 reviews

Shingle Mill Pathway is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Vanderbilt, Michigan that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

The heart of Michigan's Elk country, Pigeon River Country State Forest is also home to the Shingle Mill Pathway with loops divided into almost any length. The Shingle Mill Pathway also shares some of its trail with the 70 mile High Country Pathway (HCP) a popular bike-packing loop. This trip is a good choice for viewing the elk herds, avoiding large crowds, and accessing some good dispersed camping sites. Pigeon Bridge Campground is located across Sturgeon Valley Rd. Trailhead for late arrivers, however Pigeon River State Forest Campground is just a few miles up the trail and offers more secluded sites (some river-side). For those that arrive early, Section 4 Lake & Grass Lake have a few sites worth checking out. However, Section 4 does not allow camping within 600 feet and campsites along Grass Lake are limited and dispersed.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked the whole loop and camped on Section 4 lake. Very nice trail, well labeled, and best of all low trafficked. Lots of cut offs to make for shorter loops as well.

4 months ago

I laid this trail out back in about 1975 while working for the MiDNR Forest Mgt Division. It was designed by Area Forester Ned Caveney as both a hiking and Cross Country trail but gets very little skiing. It is a bit testy at the north end.
On a few of my many return trips I have observed increased mountain biking on the trail.

backpacking
9 months ago

Check out my trip video of this loop here: https://youtu.be/cq7K-yc7m_g

Did an overnight on this loop camping on the east side of Grass Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Saturday, July 09, 2016