Yellow Dog Falls Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Skanee, Michigan that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 288 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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7 days ago

Beautiful falls. Don’t confuse this with Yellow Dog Falls off of CR 510 - the main photo is incorrect. It’s not very easy to get back to. Half of the reviews for this are the wrong falls..... It is NOT an easy hike. The trail intersects with several deer trails and it’s hard to tell them a part. Expect scrambling, mud, bugs, moose poop, huge white pines and incredible untouched land. The falls cascades for quite a while. A hidden gem of the UP. Probably. 1.5+ hour each way hike depending on conditions.

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Sun Jul 08 2018

One of our favorites for the beauty waiting at the end of the trail. The waterfall is truly beautiful and the hike would be better classified as moderate to easy aside from a few low spots that cause you to walk over makeshift stick bridges which might be much for the less than sturdy footed hiker. My wife and children (3,5,7 yo) all completed the trail w/o any complications. It’s so worth a look!

Tue Oct 03 2017

Very easy to get too and very beautiful. Well worth the short hike.

Tue Sep 26 2017

There are 2 falls. The first is about half way and you have to walk up the river a ways to see both of them. Both falls are beautiful. The trail was barely used so it was hard to follow. I recommend this trail for a more advanced hiker. I walked up to the first falls lake and it was beautiful. I would like to do this hike again.

Sat Sep 23 2017

We drove across the Triple A road for the first time in 20+ years only to find that the new mining operation had paved the old dirt road. We were not able to drive up to the north entrance of the McCormick Tract, as the road was totally washed out. It was 90+ degrees that day, which is unusual up there at any time of year, not to mention in late September. I'm estimating that we were within a mile to the McCormick Tract where the actual trail begins. Anyone wanting to hike inside the McCormick Tract would be better off going in on the south end entrance which is well marked and is the old road into the old buildings and lakes. It is truely one of most spectacular forests in Michigan consisting of many virgin white pines measuring easily 6-8 ft. across at the base. Well worth the effort and trip.

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Fri Sep 01 2017

Easy to get to from CR 510. Short easy hike to the falls. 1 mile or less. A number of sources state this is a "hard" trail. That is not true from 510. Very easy.

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Fri Jan 02 2015

Excellent trail for snowshoeing; some challenging spots where you have to get across the water. Going thorough tunnel like path created by snow covered trees gave a fairy tale experience! It was around 7ºF/-14ºC, but going with a group made it very enjoyable.

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Sat Aug 02 2014

the best way to get to yellow dog is on co rd 510 off of co rd 550. from there you can go down river and there are 4-5 waterfalls writing a couple miles. I've heard it's great for fishing too.

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