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Steeb Pathway

Trail Details

County
Schoolcraft
Regions
Eastern Upper Peninsula
Latitude
N 46° 27' 56.88"
Longitude
W 085° 56' 37.32"
Distance
0.8 mile loop
Trail Type
Foot path
Terrain
King's Pond, hardwood forest
Difficulty
Easy
Nearest City or Town
Seney
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The Steeb Pathway is less than a mile long, but it’s best to plan at least a half-day for it. Or even better, make it an overnighter. Its trailhead is located in the East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campground, north of Seney in the Upper Peninsula, an area with a strong connection to Ernest Hemingway. For that reason, it’s best to start this hike at the Seney Museum and Historic Railroad Depot.
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The Steeb Pathway is less than a mile long, but it’s best to plan at least a half-day for it. Or even better, make it an overnighter.

Its trailhead is located in the East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campground, north of Seney in the Upper Peninsula, an area with a strong connection to Ernest Hemingway. For that reason, it’s best to start this hike at the Seney Museum and Historic Railroad Depot.

The museum itself is a Hemingway artifact. It’s the original railroad depot where the 20-year-old, still recuperating from an injury as an ambulance driver in World War I, stepped off the train in 1919 with two friends. Shouldering rucksacks and carrying fishing rods, they hiked north from town for three miles along an abandoned railroad bed that today is M-77 and then camped along the East Branch of the Fox River for a week of fishing.

Located just four miles north from where young Hemingway camped, the rustic campground features 19 campsites spread out among giant red pines, a bubbling spring that has been piped for drinking water and a stone marker dedicated to Hemingway’s U.P. adventure.
Amenities & Services
Camping
Difficulty - Easy
Dog Friendly
Foot Path
Trail Guide

The best reason for spending a night at the East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campground is not to see the East Branch, a small stream whose banks are entangled with tag alder, but King’s Pond that borders the campground to the north. The six-acre impoundment is feed by a series of springs that send a constant flow of cold clear water through it to the East Branch, making the pond ideal for brook trout.

From the campground, the Steeb Pathway provides an easy and scenic hike around King’s Pond, much of it through a beautiful forest that has long healed itself from Seney’s logging days. The foot path immediately descends a wooden stairway to the west end of King’s Pond and then weaves in and out of the hardwoods to watery views.

In less than a mile you emerge back in the state forest campground but along the way, you pass short spurs to viewing benches and an observation deck. The DNR still stocks King’s Pond so any calm evening it’s possible to sit and watch the dissipating rings of brook trout feeding on mayflies.

Facilities

Along with the Steeb Pathway trailhead, the East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campground has 19 rustic campsites well spread out on three loops. Amenities include vault toilets and a hand-pump well.

Hours & Fees

Camping is limited to a 15-day maximum stay and sites are $15 a night and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations.

Directions

The trailhead is located at the East Branch of Fox River State Forest Campground, 8 miles north of Seney via M-77 North.

Information

East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campground and Steeb Pathway is managed by Indian Lake State Park (906-341-2355).


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