by the Youth Conservation Corps in 1977, 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.
There is an excellent probability of
seeing many kinds of forest songbirds along the trail,
including vireos, thrushes, winter wrens, and ovenbirds,
named for the small nest they build on the forest floor
that resembles a Dutch oven. Bald eagles and kingfishers
are seen occasionally on the banks of Weary Lake. Openings
along higher parts of the trail, offer a chance to view
some birds of prey such as red-tailed and broad-winged
hawks and eagles.
Portions of this area are open
to public hunting. Contact the Michigan Department
of Natural Resources for hunting seasons and regulations.
Pink Lady Slipper
Photos: US Forest Service
On M-28 in Merriweather, turn north on Forest
Road 250 and drive 1.1 miles to a sign marking the trailhead.
Ownership: U.S. Forest Service
Size: 7.5 linear miles, plus short
loop near Weary Lake.