Lake Ann Pathway
Lake Ann Pathway lies in the Pere Marquette State Forest and is known primarily as an excellent Nordic ski trail, featuring many loops and a rolling terrian. What started out as an interpretive trail in the late 1970s is now a popular multi-use trail with mountain bikers and hikers enjoying what skiers love; the scenic overlooks from the trail and the quiet nature of the area. In less than 4 miles, you view four lakes, skirt three bogs, and follow a stretch of the Platte River. From swamps and lakes to a trout stream, few trails in southern Michigan display so much water in such a short distance.
The hiking season runs from early May to late November, but keep in mind that the low-lying swamps and bogs found here are bug factories during the summer, especially from mid-June through July, and that a potent insect repellent is a requirement then. Fall colors are excellent, and the bogs are a profusion of wildflowers in the spring. Anglers will find the fishing difficult in the Platte, but Shavanaugh and especially the deeper Mary’s Lake can be productive at times for panfish and perch.
The network is actually four loops. The first loop encircles the state forest campground for 1.8 miles on the on the east side of Reynolds Road and, while scenic in places, is not nearly as interesting as what lies on the other side of the road. West of Reynolds Road, the first loop is a trek of 1.2 miles from the posted trailhead; the second is a 1.8-mile walk. The entire circuit on the west side of the road is a 3.4-mile hike and, without a doubt, makes for the most interesting afternoon in the woods. The entire perimeter of the trail system on both sides of Reynolds Road is a 5-mile trek.
|Difficulty - Moderate|
|Mountain Bike Single Track|