Hartwick Pines: Mertz Grade Trail
But overall this foot path is not nearly as interesting a hike as the Au Sable River Trail just to the north of it. At times you find yourself walking through a matchstick stand of aspen.
Nor do you ever see Hartwick Lake. The spur that many park maps show extending to it is almost impossible to locate while the shallow, marshy lake is of little interest to anglers.
From the south end of the parking area in the picnic area a spur near the old logging museum leads to the Mertz Grade Trail, reaching it just past post No. 17. This description begins at the trailhead and parking area on Bobcat Trail.
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