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We didn't hike the entire trail, but it was astonishing and beautiful. We saw moose and foxes, as well as many thimble berry bushes. Very remote and serene.

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 .

hiking
10 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.

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!

Great trail with some awesome views. Had the trail to ourselves.

on clear days you can see everything from this tower! multiple states, provinces,

trail running
16 days ago

Great for a quick run

excellent day trail. low traffic. fairly well maintained. well marked.

Great trail.

hiking
17 days ago

1/6/19: one of the best and beautiful trails that I have been on! Well marked except for one place but soon realized that we were that we weren’t on the trail bit found a beautiful spot for some pictures.

trail running
21 days ago

Trail was a little muddy, but generally easy footing. Absolutely beautiful trail to run.

21 days ago

surprisingly nice trail!

beautiful scenery, even for a December hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice trail. Was dry even though it had just rained earlier in the day. Beautiful and scenic but yet still challenging to anyone looking for a good walk or run.

Last couple miles to highway 10 some of my favorite downhill section of the trail up here.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Did this in Late October. The air was crisp and the views were magnificent!! Careful of the river crossing in the colder months.. friend and I had to use a fallen tree off trail to cross without freezing our nuts off!

Dec 17, 2018:
There are a number of spots to begin this hodge podge of trails connecting to form a loop around Big Seven Lake; I chose to park at the overlook and went clockwise. Trail is well marked, for the most part, and plenty muddy. Nice hike overall.

nature trips
1 month ago

Need to be there with a nice weather.

Great trail, lots of people.

Awesome trail!!

Greenstone not for the mild hiker. Took 5 boys and two adults on four day hike. Should of make it a six day. Shelters are at Rock Harbor and Windigo only. Beautiful site.

Easy , flat and due to winter , no one .
Well marked and worth the journey

on Crooked Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. It was even dry considering all the rain we have had lately. All of the bikers I encountered were going their posted direction, so there wasn’t any surprises. Definitely going back.

Great trail with many beautiful lookouts along the Manistee River. Lots of dispersed camping sites close to the river on the Manistee River side.

Very beautiful. First backpacking trip. It is not the easiest for your first backpacking trips due to the various points of elevation but I survived and it was well worth it. Will be doing this again!

Did the River Trail. Wife’s first trip. The views did not disappoint, especially in the fall. The campsites were in awesome outlooks. We will be doing this one again.

The bridge is now open to both cars and hikers :)

It was frosted when we visited and a little stormy. The ground was incredibly muddy with a small stream going through it. Very slippery, but soo worth it! Absolutely stunning views!!

paddle sports
2 months ago

Excellent trail that has few people as South Manitou is proffered by boat tourists. We did a mix of kayaking the perimeter of the island and hiking the trail in the afternoons and evening. Nice rustic tenting options too.

One of my favorites. I love an early morning hike then enjoy the inlet while camping on the island. Bring a walking stick to cut through trail webs as using your face to do it is not preferred.

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