Shingle Mill Pathway

MODERATE 3 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.

11.7 miles
570 feet

kid friendly



trail running



no dogs

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.

4 months ago

Check out my trip video of this loop here:

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016