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17 hours ago

Real easy trail and a great view. A must do if in the area.

on Beebe Lake

private property
23 hours ago

this is a Boy Scout camp and there are signs saying no trespassing so doesn't look like a good place to hike unless you're a boy scout.

I wonder why this whole trail is not shown . I’ve hiked a portion of it around the north branch of the AuSable river. It’s well marked . There are some areas that could use some clearing but it’s a real nice walk with a mixed forest .

1 day ago

It's very pretty and very well taken care of. Nice and challenging enough and usually not to crazy busy on bikers and other hikers.

1 day ago

This is a nice, easy one mile loop in Rowden Park. Lightly traveled on a January Friday morning.

easy hiking trail. tunnel effect on part of the trail. pretty much follows an old set of train tracks that have been removed.

1 day ago

Awesome section of the NCT.

2 days ago

Took our dogs and 3 kids ages 4-8 and we all had a good time. We didn’t do the whole thing because it was getting dark but it was a very nice rustic trail.

My friends and I took the platt review kayak tour from a local shop there on the river. I can’t remember the name of it right off hand. Lots of people were “ca-brewing” through down the river. Took about 2 hours. Great price, easy, great fun. I’d certainly do it again.

no shade
4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Might be the most gorgeous view in the mid west. At the peak of the dune looking out it looked like the Pacific Ocean. I knew Michigan had sand dunes but this particular spot is breathtaking. *bring sunglasses and flip flops* maybe bug spray depending on the season.

Two stars might be a little harsh, but...the park is tiny, tightly surrounded by housing, and the lakes are small with limited views. Given that UM's Saginaw Forest trailhead is literally a few hundred yards down Wagner, I don't see stopping here unless you have a strong desire to see the First and Second Sister Lakes (or "Lakes") after seeing the Third in Saginaw Forest. Scio Forest is also nearby and offers a better nature experience, as does Lillie Park.
I'd leave this one for the neighborhood joggers and school field trips. Higher resolution versions of my pictures, as well as pictures of the other parks mentioned, are at https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks.

Hiked on a weekday and saw just one hiker and a couple bikers...good challenge and beautiful

Short, beautiful hike through the woods

5 days ago

good hiking and awesome for mountain bikes pretty neat jumps too

I just did this trail counter clockwise, camped north of ford lake with 8.9 miles competed the first day. 2.8 miles back out to the trailhead today. At the trail head it lists a 10 and an 11mile loop. I followed the 10miler and it ended up being the 11.7. Not sure if I took the wrong path or what. Nice easy trail that was well marked. I was the only person enjoying the trail this winter weekend.

love the opportunity to be able to get the chance to look at the moment

5 days ago

Saginaw Forest is more aptly described as a small woods with a pond. The trails are well-kept with more elevation gain than might be expected in so small a park. I saw one squirrel, no other wildlife when I was there (mid-morning in January, 20-25 degrees), no deer tracks, etc. I'll probably head back after a snow to get a better idea about wildlife and in the spring to see how the woods fills out. There are lots of SPF, so if you like walking in an evergreen woods, Saginaw Forest has it. Larger resolution versions of my pictures are available on https://johnmetzler.smugmug.com/Parks.

5 days ago

good variety of landscape for a michigan trail. fun! can be hard to follow on the second half

This really is a nice spot that’s close to everything, yet secluded enough that you don’t hear other noises (traffic, homes near by, other hikers). Lots of trails that weave in an out of each other so watch out for other trail users!

This trail would be grand for snowshoeing! Winter hike with the sun cascading through the naked trees as we strolled along a trail matted with a mix of oak & maple leaves. Completely silent except for the occasional bird chirp and crack of ice as the water drains back into the Bad River from Muskrat Flats leaving the ice suspended clinging to tree trunks. Nice double loop walk.

6 days ago

Nice trail for all levels of experience. A bit muddy in spots.

inline sk8n at it's best...bring water and your big girl wheels...this is a clean, fast, fun ride. The initial hill is fun at the beginning of the ride and the last challenge climb at the end. Music is a motivator...come out and ride once and you'll be hooked.

6 days ago

Such a beautiful trail! Really peaceful, you can’t hear road traffic and I didn’t run into many people. The main trail isn’t super well marked so it’s easy to go off on side trails rather than the main loop, but it’s also easy to find your way back. After one hike it’s easily become one of my favourite trails in the area.

Walking the dog here, my wife and I chose this first due to the distance. We’ve been here three times now, the first being on a 40-45 degree day where the grounds were soft and wet in places and also in the mid 20s where everything is frozen. This is a great quick hike/trail run that offers ample amounts of hills and a ton of great views to make the 2 miles go by extremely fast. It’s a great go to trail if you’re short on time but want a quick workout because of the few hills offered.

6 days ago

My wife and I walked our dog here on a brisk 28 degree day. Parking in the scenic overlook lot and taking a right to lead us through some wooded areas, around the gathering areas with pavilions, past the dam and beaches was boring. Once we got past the beach area the trail turned into a much better walk than it had started filled with wooded areas, tighter trails and plenty of sites. My GPS only tallied 3.7 miles but I would recommend this to anyone as it was an easier trail with minimal ascents and descents to be concerned about.

Great views at the end, trails were well marked, easy and peaceful hike

I set out from Ely Campground, counterclockwise, intending to do the complete 13.8 mile loop. Up until 48th, the trail was relatively easy to navigate using the yellow blazes. The segment between 48th and 116th is incredibly difficult to navigate without a gps at times. The trail is overgrown and doesn’t exist in some places and the yellow blazes aren’t consistent or are contradicting at times. I had to rely completely on the map on this app to guide me through a few areas and ultimately turned around and retraced my steps through the snow after my phone died. I hiked back and around Ely Lake, then hopped back on the loop headed in the other direction. I only made it to 118th, but the trail up to that point was clearly marked. Also, judging by the thick vegetarian in January, this trail is definitely one you want to wear long pants on year round. DO NOT attempt to hike the loop in its entirety for the first time without a gps. However difficult, it was very remote and beautiful. I will definitely be back to complete the loop, but with a gps or someone that’s done it. Good luck!

Fun trail and nice views of the river. Since it is a mountain bike trail it is a little hilly and twisty, but not too hard to walk.

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