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running
19 days ago

Love this loop! Couple of great overlooks and a lot of amazing trail. Ravines, hills, rivers, wetlands, birds, fall colors. You name it, it’s out there. Couple of spots gets confusing as to which way to go but with a good sense of direction, it’s not hard to figure out.

hiking
26 days ago

awesome trail BAM Boston Market

Gorgeous.... lots of people (fall color tour season). But also LOTS of dogs!!! So much fun for our pup to meet other people and pups!

hiking
29 days ago

pretty legit in the fall. Be prepared for mud!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great app!

hiking
2 months ago

excellent trail, especially with you 4 legged friend.

hiking
2 months ago

Jordan River Pathway was a challenging up and down hill trek for me. I did 9.1 miles first day with a overnight at pinney bridge campground ( nice clean campground with toilets and fresh water source) next day did the rest of the loop around 10 miles still lots of ups and downs. Overall I really enjoyed this trail and would do it again. Only thing I would say as a con is trail isn’t as maintained as well as others I have been on. Would love to get involved in volunteering for trail maintenance! Overall great experience spectacular views of East Jordan MI area!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail--mostly through the woods. Hiked it in mid August and there was very few bugs. Lots of shade; some mud along the trail but not too bad. Not much of the trail is actually next to the river but when you are the views are really cool. If you do backpack the trail I'd recommend starting at 1 and going to 2 instead of starting at 1 and going to 14. There's a big hill at the end that's pretty brutal if you carrying weight.

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of fun with ups and downs and switchbacks.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, a little muddy and lots of bugs during some sections. Lots of overgrown ferns in sections, but well marked. A few amazing spots for views, certainly worth the work! Going counter-clockwise will save you from finishing with a good sized hill, and allow you to instead finish with a beautiful view, but don't let that fool you, there's plenty of up and down to challenge you throughout. Will be back to do this one again for sure.

backpacking
4 months ago

ear plugs and be ready to battle flies once the sun pops in the morning. night not an issue at all. more the human's. and trucks mudding at 10pm. amazing trail. wondering why it doesn't get more attention. also, this was the first trail this year I've physically seen Black Bear Scatt on the trail. talked with the trail conservatory. They are more present this year then prior. Safe bear practice really needs to be used. ( leaving Burger King on the table 12 feet from your tent isnt really the best option)

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Great trail. little muddy from this extra wet Michigan June, but still manageable. Great for my dog and girlfriend.

Loved this hike! Counterclockwise is a must. We feared campground would be full so we reserved our spot then drove to the trailhead. Campground was less than half full so ended up not being necessary. Little mosquitoes...but flies were awful during the daytime at the campsite. Wish the trail went along the river more than it did. Overall fantastic though! One of the most maintained and well marked trails I have ever been on.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

bridge out
5 months ago

We set out in the morning with the intention of doing this as a 2day, 1 night loop. unintentionally got to pinney campground by 11am and we got an insatiable craving for Mexican food... Finished the loop 4 hours later and fulfilled the craving. Lesson learned, do not get to camp so early and most importantly, avoid food cravings. No bugs, and weather was awesome with little rain. trail conditions were fair we had to step over maybe 4 fallen trees on the trail. It was muddy in spots but nothing that couldn't be walked around.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome loop today. Started at Fish hatchery and continued to Deadman’s Hill Loop. Great vistas and varying wood forest. Mild breeze kept the bugs down to nothing. This route did not offer any great views of the river though. However the marsh areas down by the creek were amazing. Can’t wait to do the entire thing when time permits

just did this trail on 5/11-5/12. we went counter clockwise. Great temperature and great views. Fairly diverse between rivers, forest, fields, hills. Went with the girlfriend and 2 kids and we all had a good time. It was the kids first overnight hike and overall was a sucsess . If I had to do it again I would have picked a little easier trail for their first time, but we made it slowly but surely and when we got to the car they said they had fun. Definetly a good training trail with plenty of up and downs. Would go again (:

hiking
6 months ago

Completed the trail this past weekend starting at Deadman’s Hill and traveling clockwise. Trail conditions to the campground were perfect with there being some easily avoidable mud on day 2. Campground is clean with a $15/night cost, potable water, and outhouses. Heading clockwise you get to finish with a great final hill to get the heart rate going. Fantastic trail, with a fun stop at the 45th parallel.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

backpacking
bugs
muddy
snow
6 months ago

A great trail, but always, I repeat, ALWAYS go counter clockwise or you will utterly hate the last bit of it; it is long, steep, and exhausting.

backpacking
Sun Oct 21 2018

We did it clock wise, one big last hard climb at the end.

backpacking
Mon Oct 15 2018

Overall decent trail. Did it counter clockwise, helps save the best views for the end. Clean and well marked. Not the most challenging but an easy two day hike

backpacking
Mon Oct 01 2018

Over all good loop with the campground be centered enough that you can go either direction..

When the beavers build their damns part of the trail is not accessible. Awesome trail otherwise.

hiking
Mon Sep 17 2018

This trail completed my Micro loop trail triple crown..lol....Manistee river trail, Fife lake trail and the Jordan river pathway...This one definetly was the most challenging as far as climbs but nothing that would make it a trail to avoid.. I did the trail clockwise so the last half mile was a challenge..If you wanted to get in shape for the AT and lived close this last half mile would be the place to do it...Just keep going up and down that half mile until your legs are shot..... The only reason I took it down a star is the requirement to camp at Pinney bridge. It would be nice to have a few designated campsites along the route so hikers could adjust their itinerary if they wanted to hike a little longer the first day to make a short second day or even turn it into a 3 day hike.. Having a water source and pit toilets was nice though..The only other issue I had was a group came in late in the afternoon and were up until around 2 am making quite a bit of noise...I guess they don't understand the concept of "Hiker Midnite"...I was surprised because it was a Thursday night...I should have brought ear plugs.. It's a great trail with some awesome views around the Beaver ponds and some of the lookouts, well worth the drive to Northern Michigan.. Thanks to all the volunteers that maintain this loop...

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