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It is a beautiful Moderat trail

There's nothing much to see. The trail is a lot different than the map shows it to be. There's too much walking through fields and open areas for me to consider it "hiking". If you're going to go to Manistee to hike, it's better to go to Big M or hike along the shoreline.

5 months ago

Very pretty

hiking
6 months ago

If you’re into flat, mosquito infested, skinny single track hiking trails with no views, this might be for you. I can’t speak to the mountain bike experience, but for my time I would prefer 15 Miles on the NCT hiking. Truthfully though, I skipped the hilly section at the end because of time constraints. I wish I had gone clockwise from the trail head and done the hills first, then used the NCT section and cut off miles of flat trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Well maintained and nice ride. Has some rolling hills and some sandy parts to watch out for, but not technical at all. I'd rate it beginner flow but intermediate climbs with some fast decent.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Evening the most difficult hikes are not bad. Great hike for a few hours on an afternoon. Very quiet.

Very easy walk. Can park at trailhead or across the street at the park. Spotted a single deer, heard plenty of birds. Hiked the day after a rainstorm but ground was not muddy and mosquitos only found us if we stopped moving.

walking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Trail starts across the road at small parking lot at Lake Bluff Bird Sanctuary. Its an easy, short trail with some stairs and a couple small bridges that are slippery when wet. Tons of tree coverage almost the whole way through. I went there early in the morning and saw nobody. Check out the other small trails across the street. Beautiful area!

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

13 miles on the Big M today. lovely well marked trail... we did 1-9 to 32 down to 29, across the NCT and back to 23 and then home to 4,3,2,1

walking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great quick walking trail that brings you through forested areas and wide open fields. Great for watching wildlife and taking your dog for a walk.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

my gf skipped leg day and ruined the fun :/

trail running
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ran the North Country Run half marathon here. Beautiful country that was challenging. May have to visit this winter for some snowshoeing.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

We have x-country ski'd Big M many times. The trails are usually groomed by volunteers (a donation is suggested but not mandatory). The level of difficulty runs the full gamut from easy thru difficult. We like to bring our dog along as do many other people. It's beautiful country, well worth the trip. Catamount trail is only for physically fit skiers who are up for a challenge.

trail running
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

One of my favorite places to run. There is a good variety of terrain.

on Big M Trail

trail running
Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big M is one of my favorite places to train in MI. Plenty of hills and well marked trails. You can get a 25 mile loop if you incorporate the outer loop with some of the inner loops. Nice woods and even wildlife.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

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cross country skiing
Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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