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Hikers often seek beautiful natural environments in which to hike. Ironically, these environments are often fragile: hikers may accidentally destroy the environment that they enjoy. The action of an individual may not strongly affect the environment. However, the mass effect of a large number of hikers can degrade the environment. For example, gathering wood in an alpine area to start a fire may be harmless once (except for wildfire risk). Years of gathering wood, however, can strip an alpine area of valuable nutrients. Generally, protected areas such as parks have regulations in place to protect the environment. If hikers follow such regulations, their impact can be minimized. Such regulations include forbidding wood fires, restricting camping to established camp sites, imposing a quota on the number of hikers per day. Many hikers espouse the philosophy of Leave No Trace: hiking in a way such that future hikers cannot detect the presence of previous hikers. Practitioners of this philosophy obey its strictures, even in the absence of area regulations. Followers of this practice follow strict practices on dealing with food waste, food packaging, and alterations to the surrounding environment. Sometimes, hikers enjoy viewing rare or endangered species. However, some species  are very sensitive to the presence of humans, especially around mating season. Hikers should learn the habits and habitats of the endangered species, in order to avoid adverse impact.

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“Backpacking:  An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.” - Author Unknown

Northern Michigan Hiking Trails

North Country National Scenic Trail [Hiking 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. An 875-mile linear trail enters Michigan near Morenci in the southeastern corner of the state. Then here it heads northwest through the Manistee National Forest. Then northward through the Jordan Valley and Wilderness State Park to cross the Straits of Mackinac. The Upper Peninsula segment of the trail system goes east to west starting in Hiawatha National Forest. It passes Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and parts of Ottawa National Forest before it exits Michigan at the town of Ironwood. Attractions include: Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains.

Alcona County - Hiking Trails

Reid Lake Foot Travel Area [Hiking & Cross-country Skiing], Hwy M-72 & Kohler Road, Barton City, MI 48705, Phone: (989) 739-0728. A back-country recreation experience within a working forest environment. Once part of a northern Michigan farm, this 3,000 acre tract includes forested uplands, swamp hardwoods, beaver impoundments, marsh and open lake areas. Wildlife abounds including deer, turkey, beaver, birds and fish. Six miles of gently rolling trail will lead you around Reid Lake. Can be used for skiing in winter.

Alger County - Hiking Trails

Gemini Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 1.50 (Miles). 12 miles NE of Melstrand via Co Rd H-58 & Twin Lakes Truck Trail at South Gemini Lake SF Campground.

Tyoga Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gwinn Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 346-9201. Trail Length: 1.40 (Miles). 12 miles NW of Au Train via M-28 & Campground Rd.

Alpena County - Hiking Trails

Chippewa Hills Pathway [Bike, Hike & Ski Trails], Nicholson Road & Kissau Road, Ossineke, MI 49766, Phone: (989) 785-4251. 6.6 miles, groomed ski, hike, bike trail. Three loops totaling 22.5 kilometers (14 miles) are marked and groomed, for novice, intermediate and advanced cross-country skiers. Trail maps are available by contacting the CVB office. Located in the Mackinaw State Forest.

Ossineke State Forest Pathway [Biking, Hiking] - Atlanta Field Office. Phone Number: (989) 785-4251. Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Ossineke SF Campground

Antrim County - Hiking Trails

Jordan Valley Pathway [Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 18.00 (Miles). 8 miles N of Alba via US-131 & Dead Mans Hill Rd. Trailhead in Graves Crossing State Forest Campground and Pinney Bridge State Forest Campground.

Warner Creek Pathway [Biking & Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 3.80 (Miles). 9 miles N of Alba Via US-131 & M-32

Benzie County - Hiking Trails

Betsie Valley Trail [Hiking , Biking & Snowmobile Trail], P.O. Box 474, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9605. The Betsie Valley Trail is 22.3 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan. From Frankfort to Beulah it is non-motorized. All of it is excellent for bicycles and pedestrian use. The 6.7 miles from Frankfort to Mollineaux Road is asphalt and is good for roller blading. From Beulah to Thompsonville (12.3 miles) the compacted aggregate trail is open to snowmobiles from December through March.

Betsie Valley Trail [Biking & Hiking Trail], P.O. Box 474, Beulah, MI 49617, Phone: (231) 882-9605

Lake Ann Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 5.80 (Miles).  Trailhead loacted at Lake Ann SF Campground.

Platte Springs Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 2.50 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Platte River SF Campground.

Charlevoix County - Hiking Trails

Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area [Biking, Hiking, Ski Trails], 1129 Wilson Street, Corner of Lake & Ann Streets, Boyne City, MI 49712, Phone: (231) 582-6597. Avalanche is a 300 acre nature preserve where you may find berries, mushrooms and much more... Hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Skating, sledding, jogging and snowmobiling. Disc golf. Ungroomed trails range in difficulty from flat terrain for novices to steep inclines for experienced skiers. 9 kilometers, 4 loops.

Spring Brook Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gaylord Operations Service Center.  Phone Number: (989) 732-3541. Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles).  8 miles NE of Boyne Falls via Thumb Lake Rd (Co Rd 626), Slashing Rd & Chandler Rd.

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Chippewa County - Hiking Trails

Algonquin Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 9.30 (Miles).  In Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to 3 Mile Rd, 20th St. W, & 16th Ave W

Pine Bowl Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 7.70 (Miles).  Pine Bowl is 19 miles SW of Sault Ste Marie. Take I-75 to the Kinross/Tone Road exit; east on Tone Road, then South on Wilson Road

Clare County - Hiking Trails

Pine Haven Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Gladwin Field Office. Phone Number: (989) 426-9205. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  1 mile NW of Sanford via W. River Rd & Maynard Rd

Delta County - Hiking Trails

Days River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 9.00 (Miles).  3 miles NW of Gladstone via US-2 & Days River Rd

Ninga Aki Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 2.25 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Portage Bay SF Campground

Dickinson County - Hiking Trails

Gene's Pond Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 2.30 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Gene's Pond SF Campground

Merriman East Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 9.50 (Miles). 13 miles NE of Iron Mountain via M-95 & Merriman Rd.

West Branch Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Crystal Falls Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 875-6622. Trail Length: 1.40 (Miles).  Trailhead located at West Branch SF Campground

Grand Traverse County - Hiking Trails

Sand Lake Quiet Area Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 10.00 (Miles).  (skiers) 5.5 miles SE of Williamsburg via M-72 & Bromhead Rd; (hikers) trailhead located at Guernsey Lake SF Campground.

Vasa Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Traverse City Field Office. Phone Number: (231) 922-5280. Trail Length: 16.70 (Miles).  7 miles E of Traverse City via US-31, Bunker Hill Rd & Bartlett Rd

Iosco County - Hiking Trails

Eagle Run Trails [Bike, Hike & Ski Trails], Eastgate for Eagle Run, Oscoda, MI 48750, Phone: (989) 739-0728. loop trail system for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing  with scenic views of the AuSable River. Quiet & remote setting.  Machine groomed regularly with skate ski and tract setting equipment.  Trailhead is at the Eastgate Information Center for the River Road  Scenic Byway.

Highbanks Trail [Hiking Trail], River Road at Monument Road, Tawas City, MI 48763, Phone: (989) 362-2001. Near the Tawases, the Highbanks Trail is one of the most scenic trail routes in the Midwest. Backcountry ski touring and snowshoeing is very enjoyable here because of the exceptional natural beauty of the Highbanks setting. The ungroomed trail follows a high bluff overlooking the historic AuSable River Valley, and the views are unparalleled. From such sacramental spots as Iargo Springs or Lumberman’s Monument, you can see clear across Michigan’s most famous river valley and watch snow storms advancing 20 miles away.

Lake County - Hiking Trails

Sheep Ranch Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 4.50 (Miles).  2 miles E of Baldwin via US-10 & Mud Trail.

Luce County - Hiking Trails

Bodi Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Newberry Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 1.25 (Miles).  32 miles NE of Newberry via M-123 & Co Rds 500 & 437 at Bodi Lake SF Campground.

Canada Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Newberry Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 14.00 (Miles).  5.5 miles SE of Newberry via M-123, M-28 & Co Rd 403

 

Mackinac County - Hiking Trails

Big Knob/ Crow Lake Pathway [HIking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 0.25 (Miles).  12 miles SW of Nawbinway via US-2 & Big Knob Rd.

Marsh Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 1.50 (Miles).  Trailhead located at Big Knob SF Campground

Switchback Ridge Pathway [Hiking], Sault Ste Marie Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 635-5281. Trail Length: 2.25 (Miles).  Trailhead located between N & S units of Little Brevort SF Campgrounds.

Mason County - Hiking Trails

North Country National Scenic Trail [Hiking 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.

Marquette County - Hiking Trails

Iron Ore Heritage Trail [Biking, Hiking & Snowmobile Trails], 337 W. Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855, Phone: (906) 235-2923. The Iron ORe Heritage Trail is a 48-mile rail trail across Marquette County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 28 miles of the trail are either paved and or a crushed limestone/granite. It interprets the sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range and connects the most populated cities of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The trail is open for walkers, runners, bikers and nature enthusiasts in the warm  weather months. Much of the trail is open to snowmobiles from December 1 to March 1. It is the only long distance bike trail in the U.P.

Menominee County - Hiking Trails

Cedar River Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Escanaba Forest Area Office. Phone Number: (906) 293-3293. Trail Length: 8.00 (Miles).  8 miles N of Cedar River (town) via M-35 & Co Rd 551

Missaukee County - Hiking Trails

Cadillac Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 11.30 (Miles).  5 miles NE of Cadillac via US-131 Boon Rd (34 Mile Rd), & Seeley Rd.

Muskegon County - Hiking Trails

Musketawa Trail [Multi-Use Trail], PO Box 5082, North Muskegon, MI 49445, Phone: (231) 744-8133. The Musketawa Trail is a 25 mile multi-use recreation trail between Marne and Muskegon, Michigan. It passes through farmlands and wetlands, over creeks, and through villages. The trail is a four season adventure for the outdoor enthusiast, living healthy and having fun. It provides a safe and natural environment for individual, family, and organizational use. This trail is enjoyed by bikers, snowmobilers, horseback riders, rollerbladers, cross country skiers, wheelchair travelers, hikers and nature lovers.  Map

Ogemaw County - Hiking Trails

Ogemaw Hills Pathway [Biking, Cross-County Skiing, Hiking], Roscommon Field Office, Phone Number: (989) 275-4622. Trail Length: 13.60 (Miles).  5 miles N of West Branch on Fairview Rd.

Rifle River-Multi-use Trail [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Rifle River Recreation, Lupton, MI 48635.  Phone Number: (989) 473-2258. Trail Length: 14.00 (Miles).

Rifle River-Pintail Pond [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Rifle River Recreation, Lupton, MI 48635. Phone Number: (989)473-2258. Trail Length: 0.75 (Miles)

Ontonagon County - Hiking Trails

Gogebic Ridge Hiking Trail [Hiking Trail], Forest Road 250, Bergland, MI 49910, Phone: (906) 884-2411.  This 8-mile linear hiking trail is a great reason to leave the sidewalks and pavement behind. The trail begins along Weary Lake, then pauses at a rock ledge overlooking Lake Gogebic. It bends and winds through rolling hills of mixed hardwood and conifer trees before intersecting the North Country National Scenic Trail. Excellent probability of seeing many kinds of songbirds, including, vireos, thrushes, winter wrens, and ovenbirds. Portions of this area are open to public hunting. Contact the Michigan Dept of Natural Resources for affected seasons and locations.

 

Osceola County - Hiking Trails

Osceola State Forest Pathway [Biking, Hiking], Cadillac Operations Service Center. Phone Number: (231) 775-9727. Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles).  6 miles E of LeRoy via Sunrise Lake Rd & 15 Miles Rd.

Presque Isle County - Hiking Trails

Huron Sunrise Trail [Biking & Hiking Trail], 292 S. Bradley Hwy, Rogers City C of C, Rogers City, MI 49779, Phone: (989) 734-2535

Roscommon County - Hiking Trails

Red Pine Natural Area Pathway, AuSable State Forest, F-97 & Sunset Road, Saint Helen, MI 48656, Phone: (989) 275-4622

Lost Twin Lake Pathway [Biking, Hiking], North Higgins Lake State Park, Phone Number: (989) 821-6125. Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles). 7 miles SE of Houghton Lake via M-55 & Co Rd 400 (Reserve Rd)

Schoolcraft County - Hiking Trails

Indian Lake Pathway [Biking, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking], Shingleton Field Office. Phone Number: (906) 452-6227. Trail Length: 8.50 (Miles).  9 miles NW of Thompson via M-149

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