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My father and I hiked half of the east side, from Red Bridge and camped at 4a. The next morning we hiked back to Red Bridge. We got one of the last campsites and ended up having to share it with another party. Other than the lack of available campsites, we couldn’t complain at all. The trail had a little bit of everything. There was a good balance of up and downhill and had very rewarding views. If we were to hike it again we would park our car toward the middle of the trail so we could have more options on where to go.

amazing as usual!

hiking
1 day ago

Loved it, beautiful, peaceful and good workout!

hiking
2 days ago

Great conditions. Lots of bikers due to an event but that is to be expected on this trail. Good route if you’re staying at Blind Lake and want a short exit.

It was a beautiful hike and the conditions were great. Well marked trail. We only went from the Seaton Creek Campground to the suspension bridge which was only a 2mi rd trip. Lots of pine woods.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail! Backpacked in 11 miles and camped at Blind Lake and hiked the remaining 7 miles the next day. A lot of incline on the way out. Enjoyed the scenery, boardwalks over marsh land, and bridges over the lakes. Would definitely do it again!

Did this Labor Day weekend—not too bad w mosquitoes or ticks. It got a little crowded second night on west aide (we stayed at crescent site and people pitched a tent right near us!) easy enough trails, v well marked and not too strenuous. It was a really fun weekend trip—3 nights, 4 days.

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7 days ago

Challenging. really overgrown in parts. Hilly. Took me over 5 miles to complete.

Very nice walk in the woods and along the lake.

This island had some terrific views ,but the mosquitoes were insane. It was a major test of will power to complete the trail. Bring bug spray and protection ,and you should be fine.

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7 days ago

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scramble
7 days ago

Today I started at 118th (South side parking lot). Walked 8 miles out and back covering the east section north of 118th and about 1/2 of the north section that runs parallel with 120th. It was a mix overall. Easy sections, crappy sections and beautiful sections. The trail is really well marked through the section I did with just a few tricky spots because of large deadfall or open areas. The entire trail is in desperate need of grooming. I carried loppers and a handsaw today and as always did a little work. I’m comfortable with the difficult sections but be aware this isn’t a groomed dog walking trail. A great hike.

Nice quite trail. Park requires Michigan Recreational Pass (or fee) to enter. Part of the trail required walking on paved road but most of that can be avoided by shortening the hike. Still highly recommend for a park so close to the city.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing trail all around. Super relaxing and some nice spots to sit and rest.

on Potawatomi Trail

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muddy
8 days ago

loved every minute ❤️

You can get to this trail by starting at Lake Ely campground trail. It was fairly clear of debris when I walked it on September 8th. Be prepared to climb a couple fallen trees, none were too high and the rest of the path was fairly even. A few little hills near the old cemetery (!!) that could have been slippery if it had been wet. Nice variation from old and newer growth made this a really lovely hike!

Really liked this trail, but a lot of bikers. Some followed the trail sharing rules by announcing their approach (“two coming on the left”) which works great=exactly how it is supposed to work. However a lot of bikers sneak up without announcing their approach or making any noise. Hey bikers, lets make trail experience great for all by sharing the trail.

if you are up for a challenge, then hike this trail. My one advice...make sure you have your GPS on. The map on this app is not correct but you can use it to assist you in a "somewhat" correct direction. I ended up having to find my own way back to the main trail since the one this app shows was leading my off to the great beyond. My legs are scratched to high hell and I climbed over a butt load of fallen trees and I loved every minute of it.

my new favorite trail in southern Michigan excelent terrain plenty of water sources beautiful views and established campsites if you are doing big miles this is a section of the North Country Trail so there is opportunity to do substantially longer hikes with plenty of Road Crossings if you need to bail out early for whatever reason.

hiking
11 days ago

did this trail last October, SO BEAUTIFUL. 100% recommend this during the first and second week of October.

hiking
11 days ago

The Wakazoo and North Swan Creek can and should be the same trail. The two-track still has yellow blazes because it was the North Swan Creek Trail before the west side of North Swan Creek, in the woods, was groomed. Now that the trail in the woods is yellow blazed, the two-track should not be painted anymore. Walking in the woods is good because it keeps the trail used. That section west of Swan Creek is a great trail. Has some decent hill walking.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked from upper river parking. Started on the NCT as someone suggested. It was good advice for me because my legs were fresh. Love the NCT side. The Manistee river side had a lot of people which surprised me because it was Labor Day and I thought people would be leaving. The Manistee side was beautiful and I was able to find an unmarked campsite. Unfortunately it rained heavily on my hike out but it was still beautiful. Will definitely hike more of the NCT because it was peaceful, well marked and excellent scenery.

Very Cool! Can see Apostle Islands from the top of the tower ! Thx Bruce

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13 days ago

Today I parked in the lot south of 118th and returned to the trail I discovered the day before. I was wrong, that trail is not an alternate loop that rejoins the Wakazoo Trail. It is actually the North Swan Creek Loop. North of 118th the Wakazoo and North Swan Creek rum parallel to each other. The Wakazoo is on the road and North Swan Creek is just to the east in the woods. The are both marked with the same color. Yesterday I spotted one of the yellow blazes in the woods and assumed it was an alternate loop for the Wakazoo. Today I ended up doing the North Swan Creek Loop and will post my review there.

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