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The National Forest Service and a group of local volunteers keep these trails packed and tracked for cross country skiing. Loops A and B are easy, flat trails. C, D , and E are classified as intermediate but may certainly test the skills of some of the best skiers. F and G have many steep hills, up and down with tricky turns. Do not be to bashful to walk some of these hills, as they have claimed many broken skis and a few broken bones. There are about 8 miles of trails in this area.

I’ve traveled this segment many times. This is the North Country Trail. The NCT S2S group rerouted a portion of this trail a few years ago when the beaver ponds rendered the trail impassable. A little ways east and south of Maple Hill ( there used to be a fire tower there) the trail follows some amazing limestone bluffs. One of my favorite portions of the NCT in the UP! There are Geocaches along this trail for those who do this sort of thing.

Great trail!!!

The terrain is actually pretty flat, so the difficulty rating is more based on the distance than the actual trail. It rained for the entire week we were there which made for a challenge. Definitely come prepared for cold and rain. Much of the trail is surrounded by trees, so don't expect epic scenery for the entire hike. Moose are a common sight.

backpacking
1 day ago

Gorgeous early morning hike with my Aussie! Really humid and some flies along the lakeshore, but other than that couldn’t ask for a better tart to our day.

1 day ago

Very pretty

on Bird Hills Trail

1 day ago

We hiked a few weeks ago and were fortunate to see an indigo bunting! The trails were a little muddy, but overall we really enjoyed our hike.

Be prepared for Defcon 5-level mosquitoes. Much of the Waterloo side is covered in horse excrement, and the horses also do a pretty good job of tearing up the trail, so parts of it will feel like walking through sand. The Pinckney side has much higher quality trails, both in terms of scenery and trail maintenance. Ran into one person on the trail while hiking during weekdays.

Itinerary: Portage Lake trailhead > Pines campground > Green Lake Campground > Silver Lake. Around 10-11 miles each day for a 3 day/2 night sprint.

Be aware that Green Lake campground is a drive in campsite and there may be plenty of people on the weekends, so try to arrive early as you cannot reserve in advance and must self-register (bring cash, $17).

Pines DOES have water about 1/4 mile north - there is a water spigot near the gate to the stable area.

Green Lake also has a water pump.

Just remember to permethrin your gear, wear deet, and wear long sleeve shirts/pants.

Lots of Mosquitos, so if you decide to hike this trail, be prepared to be swarmed. Also, trail signs could’ve updated. Other than that, very beautiful trail.

walking
2 days ago

Very immersive and beautiful but a little confusing to navigate.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great trail. Easy to moderate. However, be warned, the last hill if you do the trail clockwise, is 4/10 of a mile of incline. After 2 days of hiking with a loaded pack.......be ready.

Hidden gem that will no doubt get more popular as more and more people find out about it. Love the new bridge they installed that now makes this a loop. Incredible views!

Beautiful! One of the best long hikes in the state. If you want something shorter, take a hike around Deadman's Hill or Landslide Hill.

Beautiful loop with amazing views along the shoreline! We hiked counterclockwise and saw Chapel first- worked well for us. We found a perfect lunch spot overlooking the lake. Variable terrain and some mud along the trail. Take care along the edge- especially if hiking with kids.

mountain biking
4 days ago

Best trails in this area of Michigan for intermediate riders!

Amazing mountain bike trail for intermediate riders

hiking
4 days ago

Really cool trail, but much too narrow of a single track for mixed use. The mountain bikes come at you pretty quickly. The lack of signage is frustrating too. If you’re hiking this trail, download the map ahead of time. I won’t hike it again, but think it’s a really nice, challenging trail for mountain biking.

hiking
4 days ago

This is my local trail. If you stay on the mountain bike single track trail, you can get some distance. A lot of switchback to create that distance for the bike trail, so you’re often looking at another part of the trail just a few feet away. Quite buggy and will be wet after rain, as it sits in a swampy, low area. Very relaxing when you get into the woods. Pretty well marked with trail signs. Little use in winter, so good for snowshoeing or winter hiking, or x-c skiing if you don’t mind an un-groomed trail. Dogs are “supposed” to be leashes, but often aren’t. I have ridden my mountain bike there as well, and it keeps you on your toes, with corners, hills, a small teeter-totter bridge and passes through trees with little room.

Beautiful. West trail easier and more groomed than the East side . All the Waterfalls are stunning.

Peaceful walk this morning. The river is soft ,gentle and pleasing along this trail . The quotes posted from a miner from 1800’s also adds character to the hike . It was quiet and were able to cool our feet a couple times in the cool water . Loved it.

hiking
4 days ago

One of my favorites!

nice walk and good views

Dispite what is stated, if you do the extra credit lines, these are not easy trails. the EC lines are awesome fun!

I did the A loop on foot last weekend and really loved it. It's made up in a small area so typically you would be circling in the same area with pretty much the same views throughout which was a little disappointing especially because i like my trails to have a view at the end. Loop A was 3.8miles plus a 0.1mile from the parking lot so typically you would be doing a good 4 miles.
I agree with the advice of taking precautions for bugs and mosquitoes but that's everywhere.
If you are looking for a good weekend workout within an hour of Detroit this is the place to go!

It's a relatively easy hike with a nice view at the end. In my mind, the real trail starts where the official trail ends and you can hike south along the bluffs.

I love this trail! Beautiful spots to see

mountain biking
6 days ago

Excellent trail for all riders, especially beginners like myself. Great cruising sessions and rolling hills. Connects to the Big Kame trail for a little more advanced riders as well. Now with both trails open and more opening soon, even at its busiest it isn’t too bad. Riders and hikers are generally good to one another.

hiking
6 days ago

6.9.18 beautiful hike, everything is ultra green! recommend bringing bug spray. loved the suspension and covered tunnel bridges. would visit again!

My Fiancé and I had such fun on this hike today! It was absolutely beautiful and had awesome terrain. Definitely a good work out and perfect for a short day hike.

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