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Had a wonderful walk in the woods with the family today on this trail. It’s fairly well marked but several time we reviewed the map to make sure we were taking the right branch. The road getting to the trail was a bit soupy from the spring thaw, but the trail was fine. It’s a perfect spring or fall trail.

Beautiful sunny day, walk the 3.7 miles. 40% was muddy, use a walking stick, it will be more fun. I’m looking forward to doing it again soon.

Great trails! More importantly though were the clean, roomy and stocked pit toilets and the discovery center has water. I enjoyed following the blue arrow trail markers and will definitely return.

Pretty cool little trail for hiking. Even better area for kayaking. Only drawback is the noisy campground.

My husband and I hiked this trail a few summers back. We drove from Iowa and got there around 1AM to hike in and set up camp. It was quite an adventure. The best part was hearing the lake as we got close. It was a beautiful sight to wake up to the next morning!

I hiked this trail this weekend. follow the yellow painted painted on the trees, the northern part is less a trail and more of follow the yellow markers. I shouldve downloaded the map, as it is easy to lose the trail. It is fun in a different type of way.

9 days ago

Beautiful hike in the winter through the snow and view of the river.

Estimate of length is pretty accurate, I’d say around 5 miles. Didn’t see another person the entire trail, which is perfect! Overall well marked. I’d recommend it!

13 days ago

This loop is great for either: A) a moderate full day loop, or B) as I did it, a leisurely two day hike with an overnight stay at the cove. The camp has numerous sites that are fairly well spaced out, and is pretty well situated for sunsets. You can take a brief walk off trail to get to a nice cliff-side view of Superior and Canada, or even go for a bone-chilling swim. Would definitely come back!

16 days ago

Best hiking trail in lower Michigan.

20 days ago

Out at PRSA today - Crooked Lake trail was in excellent condition. Essentially no mud, which surprised me given the rain last week. Many of the lakes and bogs still have some or a lot of ice on them. Saw 7 other hikers and one biker.

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.

1 month 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.

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!

Enjoy walking around Lake Minnewanna during any season - though it can get rather busy during the summer months due to the beach area. Beautifully wooded trails. A portion of the trail is through the campground areas.

When you get past the prairie the pines are a great site for overnight
Made one last night cheers

Great trail, well kept, and easy to hike, i am a big girl but love to be in the great outdoors and it’s nice to enjoy the trail without getting so winded

trail running
1 month ago

Excellent running trail, I didn’t encounter any bikes but there was still a decent amount of snow on the ground. This is the only place to train for the Hell 50 mile ultra marathon because other trails in the area aren’t nearly as challenging.

One of the best hikes in Lower Michigan and awesome views!

trail running
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails to train on. There is some great elevation as well as a few technical spots.

1 month ago

A good trail for you and your dog. River is very powerful and in the summer time people go rafting here which is amazing to see. If it’s raining some of the massive rocks on the trail can be slippery.

Hiked from Discovery Center to N. Territorial. Lots of elevation and demands endurance. Hiked it with a buddy in wet snow. Definitely pounded my legs.

Worth every mosquito bite, leach bite and mud pool crossing. 5 kids and I had a great 3 days backpacking across the island and ended with 3 days of kayaking and boating from the lodge. Definitely bring your water filter, mosquito netting, and some hiking poles for the mud. Captain Bill was a gem.

2 months ago

Awesome trail for beginners and intermediate backpackers. Great fun all along the trail.

2 months ago

The trail was icy but worth the extra work. Really beautiful and easy to navigate.

Absolutely love this trail, tho I don't go the exact same way (I go to Hamlin lake and then turn and go to Lake Michigan before coming back the way I came) . swimming in Hamlin lake is cool. lots of views. easy to find a place to camp. not too hard either, planning on going sometime this winter.

Nice trail. Decent elevation changes.

Took the kids on their first back packing trip here and it was an easy to moderate hike for them. ages 7, 9, 11.

My corgi and I did the loop the first weekend in December. We took out to nature for some alone time and that is what we got! The North Trail side had something creepy about it and was pretty tiring. We did 14 miles the first day and camped on the Manistee River Trail side and loved it. Very beautiful views and didn’t see a single person.

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