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Upper Peninsula Hiking

Hiking Trails

Anderson Lake West State Forest Campground & Trail, County Road 557, Gwinn, MI 49841, Phone: (906) 346-9201. Six miles of rolling terrain with access from campground.

Bay de Noc-Grand Island Trail, Trailhead is two miles east of Rapid River, on County Road 509, Rapid River, MI 49878, Phone: (906) 474-6442. The 40-mile trail overlooks the Whitefish River basin from a ridge running from Rapid River to Munising. The trail follows the ancient portage route of Chippewa Indians who carried canoes and supplies from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior.

Boney Falls Basin, County Road 523, Gladstone, MI 49837, Phone: (906) 786-1660. This scenic, forested impoundment on the Escanaba River offers beautiful scenery and good wildlife viewing. Hiking trails, small boat access, and a primitive campground add to the attractiveness of this site. Eagles and hawks are commonly seen soaring above the impoundment and river corridor. Fly fishing for brown trout is popular in this area from June throughout the summer. Available at this site: restrooms, trails, picnic area, camping, fishing, boat ramp, drinking water. The river is shallow, so canoeing may be difficult during periods of low water.

Brockway Mountain Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, Brockway Mountain Drive, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  The Brockway Mountain Sanctuary has a walking trail approachable from Brockway Mountain Drive. The Oren Krumm Trail starts at the parking area on Brockway Mountain Drive and is about 1/4 mile long ending at a lookout point with a long view of the wooded hills to the south. Brockway Mtn Nature Sanctuary encompasses 78 acres below the east end of Brockway Mtn and protects some important species of plants that are unique to Michigan only in Keweenaw County. There is also a 1.6 mile hiking trail to be enjoyed.

Canada Lake Pathway, Newberry Forest Unit, M-123, M-28 & Co. Rd. 403, Newberry, MI 49868, Phone: (906) 293-3293.  Trail Length: 14 (Miles).  Pathway Directions to Trailhead: 5.5 miles SE of Newberry via M-123, M-28 & Co Rd 403

Cedar River Pathway, M-35 & County Road 551, Escanaba River State Forest, Cedar River, MI 49887, Phone: (906) 786-2354.  Eight mile, groomed ski, hike, bike trail with gently rolling terrain. Different loops ranging from 2.3 miles to 9.2 miles and is located along the scenic Cedar River. It runs through stands of old pine and hemlock dating back to the late 1800's in state forest. This trail is for the novice to intermediate skier. Nearby Cedar River North campground.

Copper Harbor Pathway, Second Street, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4215.  Features five different well marked, groomed trails of varying length and difficulty. No crowds, mild temperatures and old growth forest. A snowshoe trail is available and all the trails are designed for traditional skiing. Nearby historic Fort Wilkins. Also features 20 miles of various bike loop lengths of technical singletrack with natural obstacles, challenging climbs and fun downhills that can link with two track roads to other points of interest.

Days River Nature Pathway, Escanaba River State Forest, North Lake Shore Drive (US-2), Gladstone, MI 49837, Phone: (906) 786-2354.  The picturesque trail along the Days River winds through cedar and oak stands along the mouth of the Days River. Tree identification markers are located along the trail. A series of loops ranging from 1.5 to 9 miles feature a variety of skill levels for biking and hiking.

Deer Marsh Interpretive Trail, Sidnaw Road, Sidnaw, MI 49961, Phone: (906) 852-3500,  The well-maintained interpretive trail at this site gives a close look at the plants and animals that live in and around wetlands. The trail traverses forests and open areas as it snakes around the main body of Deer Marsh. You may see a wide variety of wetland wildlife such as ducks, geese, herons, shorebirds, beavers, and otters. Also, watch for deer, eagles, osprey, and songbirds. Best viewing opportunities are in the spring, but summer and fall can be good, too. Portions of this area are open to public hunting. Contact the Michigan Dept of Natural Resources for affected seasons and locations.

Eagle Harbor Environs, M26, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  The Eagle Harbor environs encompass the 37 acre Clark Memorial Nature Sanctuary & the 25 acre Eagle Harbor Red Pines Dunes Nature Sanctuary the hiking trail is 4.3 miles.

Felch Grade Trail, Old Dump Road, Felch, MI 49831, Phone: (517) 485-6022.  A 45 mile dirt trail starting in Felch. The trail is ideal for walking, horseback riding, snowmobiles, mountain biking. East Map | West Map

Gemini Lake Pathway [Bike & HIking Trail], Lake Superior State Forest, CR H-58 & Twin Lakes Truck Trail at Geimini Lake SF Campground, Shingleton, MI 49884, Phone: (906) 452-6227. 12 miles NE of Melstrand via Co Rd H-58 & Twin Lakes Truck Trail at South Gemini Lake SF Campground

Gogebic Ridge Hiking TrailMerriweather and Bergland.  On M-28 in Merriweather, turn north on Forest  Road 250 and drive 1.1 miles to a sign marking the trailhead.  Phone: (906) 884-2411. 7.5 linear miles, plus short  loop near Weary Lake. This 8-mile  linear hiking trail is a great reason to leave the sidewalks  and pavement behind. The trail begins by skirting along  Weary Lake, and then pauses at a rock ledge overlooking  Lake Gogebic. The rock ledge is known locally as Trap  Hills and is one of the longest and tallest cliff faces  in Michigan. The view from the top is well worth the  hike. Parts of this trail closely follow the Lake Gogebic-Iron  River Indian Trail that was used more than 100 years  ago. It bends and winds through rolling hills of mixed  hardwood and conifer trees before intersecting the North  Country National Scenic Trail.

Grand Island National Recreation Area, Hiawatha National Forest, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2512.   Grand Island is located in Lake Superior, about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Scenic natural beauty and interesting history. Spectacular dispersed and backcountry camping opportunities. Seventeen campsites (1-6 people) and 2 group campsites. Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails.

Haymeadow Creek Campground, Waterfalls & Trail, County Road 509, Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River, MI 49878, Phone: (906) 474-6442. There are two trailheads to the Haymeadow Falls Trail - one in the campground and another 1/4 mile north on Co. Road 509. The well-marked trail from the campground takes you along a winding path, across small bridges, through a heavily forested area lined with many varieties of ferns and wild plants. The trail of approximately 1 mile leads you along the creek to the footbridge at the Haymeadow Falls rapids. Continue on to the second trailhead and back along the road to the campground, or you can reverse this pattern by parking at the second trailhead, taking the trail to the rapids, and on to the campground and back to your car. There are blue markers along the entire length of the trail. A short 1/2 mile spur near the north trailhead connects you to the 40 mile Bay de Noc Grand Island National Recreation Trail, which is used for hiking and horseback riding.

Helmut & Candis Stern Preserve, at Mount Baldy, Eagle Harbor, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 225-0399.  A Nature Conservancy site, the Lookout Mountain Preserve includes 1371 acres that encompass several thousand feet of frontage along Lake Bailey, a 200+ acre glacial lake and steep wooded slopes with a mix of hardwood and conifer forests and offers spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Keweenaw from atop Mt Lookout, nearly 700 feet above the shoreline. Motorized vehicles, off-road vehicles, bicycles, pets, smoking, camping and fires are prohibited. Access is just south of Eagle Harbor, east of the Cut-Off Road. Open year round 7 days a week.

Hunter's Point Park, PO Box 76, Grant Township, Copper Harbor, MI 49918, Phone: (906) 289-4292. Hunter's Point is a narrow finger of land that protects Copper Harbor from the storms of Lake Superior. Access is a well-worn hiking trail that traverses the western edge of the Harbor and begins at the Copper Harbor Marina. This trail is traversed in winter by snowshoes or skis. It leads to scenic overlooks and entrances that lead to a long, angular beaches stretching over 4,800 feet and presently taking up 9.4 acres. Hunter's Point is a prime location to observe natural history, birds, plants and animals, excellent geology structure, and whatever else these beveled edges are inclined to reveal to the visitor.

Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary, M-26, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579. The Keweenaw Shore Nature Sanctuary is a unique nature sanctuary with one of the most interesting short trails in the Keweenaw, the 3/4 mile trail crosses some of the best geology in the Keweenaw area and has 4 different plant communities.The hike can be continued through the more difficult upson Lake Sanctuary."All Michigan Nature Association Rules Apply".

Lake Bailey Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, M-26, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  The Lake Bailey Sanctuary parking area is at the east end of Lake Bailey on M-26 in Keweenaw County. The hiking trail begins at the back of the parking area and goes approximately 1 mile back to the south ridge. The trail is a challenge in places, as it is steep and the shallow soils on this north-facing slope are constantly creating deadfalls to cross.

Little Mountain, 755 East Broad Street, L'Anse, MI 49946, Phone: (906) 524-7444.  A hike up Little mountain offers a panoramic view of Keweenaw Bay and the Huron Mountains.

Maywood History Trail, Trail located five miles south of US 2 on County Road 513, east of Rapid River, Rapid River, MI 49878, Phone: (906) 474-6442.  The .6 mile trail winds through the towering 200-year-old hemlocks and pines along the shore of Lake Michigan. Constructed in 1993, the trail is fully accessible. Twelve interpretive panels describe the rich history of the area which dates back to the days when the Noquet Indians camped along the shoreline to the more recent use when the old Maywood Hotel stood among the trees.

Meriman East Pathway, 13 miles NE of Iron Mountain, Copper Country State Forest, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, Phone: (906) 875-6622.  9.5 mile trail ideal for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Nahma Marsh Trail, 14 miles E on US 2, 3 miles S on County Rd 497, Hiawatha National Forest, Rapid River, MI 49878, Phone: (906) 474-6442.  This .3-mile long, fully accessible hiking trail ends at a viewing platform overlooking the marsh. A severe windstorm in 1998 leveled many trees, but hikers can still enjoy views of marsh wildlife.

North Country National Scenic Trail, 229 E Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331, Phone: (616) 897-5987. The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier footpath that stretches for about 4,400 miles linking communities, forests, and prairies across seven northern states. Already, more than 1,700 miles have been certified off-road. Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain. It will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States. Many of the trails are used for cross-country skiing as well. Almost 1500 miles of this national trail are located in the state of Michigan.

Porcupine Mountains State Park (Porkies), 412 S. Boundary Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953, Phone: (906) 885-5275

Redwyn Dunes Nature Sanctuary, M-26, Eagle Harbor, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 337-4579.  Redwyn Dunes is a 20 acre nature sanctuary with a 1/3 mile long trail that runs through sand dunes, past dune ponds and along a pebble and sand beach of Lake Superior. "All Michigan Nature Association Sanctuary rules apply."

Switchback Ridge Pathway [Hiking Trail], Lake Superior State Forest, U.S. 2, Brevort, MI 49781, Phone: (906) 635-5281. A 2.25 mile hiking trail. Trailhead located between N & S units of Little Brevort State Forest Campgrounds.

Tyoga Pathway, Escanaba River State Forest, M-28 & Campground Road, Au Train, MI 49806, Phone: (906) 346-9201.  1.4 mile hike, bike trail.

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