Located just southeast of Petoskey, the Skyline Trail is a short hike to an observation deck with a view of the rolling country of Emmet County and Lake Michigan. The first half of the hike is a steady downhill trek of only 0.75 mile to the deck. You then turn around and climb the steep ridge back to the trailhead off of Krause Road.
The land was acquired by the city of Petoskey with help from the Little Traverse Conservancy and a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Land Trust Fund. The trail has since been incorporated into the North Country Trail so it’s possible for the energetic to hike much further in either direction.
Skyline Trail is also open to mountain bikers and makes an interesting adventure in the winter on snowshoes to obtain the best possible views from the observation deck.
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