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Michigan dnr > wildlife viewing guide > upper peninsula > gogebic ridge

04 Gogebic Ridge Hiking TrailUpper Peninsula

wildlife viewing  |  directions and facility information

Aerial view. Click for full image.
Photo: US Forest Service
Constructed 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.

Wildlife Viewing

Lake view.
Photo: © Dave Case
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.


Dutchmans breeches. Click for full image.
    Pink Lady Slipper
Dutchmans breeches                                                        Pink Lady Slipper
Photos: US Forest Service

MapDirections

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 (906) 884-2411

Size: 7.5 linear miles, plus short loop near Weary Lake.

Closest Towns: Merriweather, Bergland

Weather and Driving Directions for Bergland

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