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This was my first backpacking trip, I left Chicago bright and early and arrived in the Porkies around 2 in the afternoon. I hiked down to Mirror Lake and camped my first night there. I enjoyed watching some loons traversing the lake as smoke from other campfires slowly crept across the water as the sun was setting. As night began to fall I heard the forest come alive with the sound of an owl that was in the area. I had a fire built up, and enjoyed a nice freeze dried meal. The site I was at that evening was equipped with a bear pole to hang my food on, and there was a pit toilet about 100 yards from the site back in the bush that I stumbled upon while harvesting firewood.
The next day I headed off down the trail to Lake Superior which was where I would set my camp up for that evening. The hiking was fantastic, I did get turned around once where I ended up on the NCT which also passes through the park, but I quickly realized my error and only had to backtrack about a half mile, if even that. That day I crossed a small creek and a river and climbed and descended many hills (calling them hills for lack of a better word) I came across other campers and hikers who were all rather friendly and even was able to strike up a conversation with a few of them. I reached the lake around 2:30 or 3:00 after about 5 hours of hiking and began to set my camp up.
Sleeping next to the lake was rather peaceful as I listened to the waves roll up on the shore, however for being Mid-June, the temperature dipped really low, and I actually woke up shivering in the middle of the night because I was so cold. But I layered up, and went back to bed.
The next day it began to rain, and I decided to just hike out that day instead of having to deal with the rain. I should have stayed because the last night there I was planning on staying on top of one of the ridges that overlooked carp river, and it was a beautiful sight to see. I would recommend this hike to anyone, and am planning to return back there this summer (2018).

I have done this trail twice solo. This was the first trail I had ever hiked. It is awesome, rugged enough to get a great workout and scenery was beautiful.

Easy trail beautiful scenic lookout

This is a great paved trail-I like to use it for distance runs since it offers a lot of mileage. There's a variety of scenery as it winds through the woods, past Potter Park Zoo, and through downtown Lansing along the river. I've always felt safe running there and typically run into a light to moderate amount of bikers/walkers/runners.

7 days ago

Nice area tucked away off busy 10 mile. Went for a 2 mile loop. Trail has plenty of very icy spots so be careful this time of year. Went at around noon on a nice Saturday and only ran into one hiker and a pair of bikers. Looking forward to going back to hike the entire trail

mountain biking
7 days ago

Nice single track, decent elevation and little traffic. Many loops to accumulate miles.

Nice trail but a bit icy today. There are a couple small hills but nothing difficult. The app helped in the center section as a section of the trail was chewed up from construction vehicles within the park. Didn't effect the overall experience.

trail running
9 days ago

The park offers a lot of different route options, with paved trail, grass, and gravel surfaces. It's easy to customize your distance with a lot of connected loops.

11 days ago

A nice remote spot to check out. There can be lots of people on a nice weekend day, but if you leave the main trail or head down the beach, you can get away from it all.

perfect for a spring hike.

Nice trail. Peaceful loop starting along the Chippewa River. One fairly strenuous hill.

Loved it

13 days ago

very scenic and great for beginners.

Nice short hike. Remenber your yak tracks in the winter. Trail and stairs will be slippery and icy. The view is great!!

13 days ago

Great for hiking with dogs. Add 3+ miles to take the Sand Creek Hike Loop . Trails are marked well. Easy to follow. The Sand Creek loop is more narrow in places. Think twice before hiking here directly after a large rainstorm; river bottoms area becomes washed out. Nice place to see and hear woodpeckers; best area in West MI to see a carpet of trillium and other wildflowers in the spring.

What a beautiful hike in the snow. Well marked, and yes after the one mile I did today it seems a little shy on the estimate. I can't wait to see the whole thing!

trail running
19 days ago

Great trail running that's more challenging than some of the other local routes-expect the trails to be less groomed and more hilly. It's very shady in the summer and much less trafficked when Fitz gets crowded. There's also a quarry for swimming if you want to cool off!

trail running
19 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails for running, and it's also a local favorite for walking and hiking. During winter/spring the trail ices over very quickly so please use caution during those times. There are many additional trails in Fitzgerald Park for more mileage. I would like to note that rock climbing is actually done across the river at Oak Park, there are no rock climbing routes on this side of the river.

20 days ago

Gorgeous! I walked this trail the week of Thanksgiving 2017, so there was plenty of snow. There was actually a surprising amount of foot traffic considering the weather. The trails were a little treacherous with the ice that formed from the waterfall spray, so I don’t recommend going in the snowy seasons unless you are pretty sure-footed. The snowy falls made for some really beautiful photos though!

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