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No trail markings. Muddy at times. Fairly busy.

10 hours ago

We arrived about 11:00 am for a walk around the lake under a clear blue sky. The temp was crisp when we arrived, with the muddy trails mostly frozen. There are about a half dozen stream crossings, most with bridges. We saw only one other person on the trail. The east and south sides of the lake are the best. The rest is mostly meadow trail. Saw geese, woodpeckers and heard other birds, including redwing blackbirds.

12 hours ago

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.

1 day ago

Good workout and hike but a few places were solid ice. More people than I expected, most with dogs unleashed (does anyone follow the rules?). I think will be quite busy in the warmer months. I prefer more seclusion but if you're a beach person this is nice.

1 day ago

This is a pretty legit trail. Lots of really nice people, beautiful scenery and trash cans places every so often. A ton of litter up near the Winchell Way apartments and the trails were poorly marked. Sorta hard to follow but luckily I had this app. I will probably return.

Top 5 hike in Michigan for sure, if not #1 or #2. Must do it.

2 days ago

This is a tranquil unmarked route through a small network of wooded trails on dunes with a peek at Lake Michigan. The wildflowers in April are amazing.The ticks can be fierce, while mosquitoes and poison ivy are seasonal. In the summer, there is a parking fee.

2 days ago

Nice trail in the Ortonville Recreation Area although I like the Bloomer Unit better. Very elevated. It's too bad they don't build a lookout or something at the top. You would have some incredible views!

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

Nothing compares to that moment I stepped out of the woods and saw the majestic sandstone cliffs as far as the eye could see. It was as though I had walked to the edge of the world. Lake Superior was pristine and great for a swim in the middle of the hike, and the views just got better the farther along the cliffs I hiked. The only downside was the occasional noisy tour boat.

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!

Beautiful little trail/boardwalk leading to the beach. Wish it wasn't $6 to park, but oh well.

5 days ago

Great view of Lake Superior and Spectacle Lake. Multiple trails up and down the hill, but not marked. Just follow the worn footpath. Great for dogs. A lot of traffic from sightseers on the summer weekends.

Two friends and I did a shake-down hike here. Very beautiful but the trails were not marked very well. We got lost and had to navigate out. Trails are well-enough maintained but needs improvement with trail marking.

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.

The trail is beaitiful and moderately challenging. There are a lot of veering off that are unmarked. We took 12 to 14 and looped back around but somehow never saw the 13 mark. It was an adventure and we loved it! Dunes for sure.

1.8 miles. Part of the trail is along the lake.

We didn't do the entire 4 mile due to it still being a bit cold, and having littles, but it was beautiful!

once you get passed the rail trail it's gorgeous in the woods out the lookout.

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!

9 days ago

One of the best views you'll see of Lake Michigan. The Dune puts you 260 feet almost straight above the lapping waters of Lake Michigan. The lookout point is about 0.6 miles from the trailhead. The .6 mile hike will be tough to some since it's a pretty good incline. However, the trail does offer wooden steps which makes it easier and there's no need to rush. relax and enjoy the quit and peaceful nature and when you get to the top, you'll be thankful that you made the hike. Check out the video I shot, video was shot on my GoPro Hero 4 sessions. https://youtu.be/gtxLWxdoV3k

Went on a snowy hike there in early March. Beautiful scenery and the lake is well worthy the trek.

This is a great trail, especially if you are new to mountain biking, like me.

Cool place! Today was my first time here. The trails weren’t marked properly, making it hard to figure out where to go. I will be back, my dog and I enjoyed it ☺️

alot of fun in winter great hike kids love the loop

One of my all time favorite hikes. Started out on the chapel falls side and loved the views of the lake and cliffs. Stopped at the beach campground for a nap in the hammock and lunch then finished up the return on the mosquito falls side. Get there early for a parking spot as the lot fills up quick.

Great easy hike, if you're a bit experienced. Too easy for me these days, but the view is nice.

19 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.

19 days ago

Short trail accessed from two-track at Ely Lake Campground. Trail starts behind red gate. Parking is there, but it's about a mile walk from campground on two-track.

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