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Experience a remote corner of the park; shoes with good gripping are suggested.

The Pyramid Point Loop allows visitors to experience the park's diverse ecosystem along with the bonus of spectacular, limitless views. Fairly level terrain is encountered at the beginning of the trail slicing through open meadow eventually reaching a beech and maple woodland that provides welcome protection from strong Lake Michigan winds and harsh sun. As the trail rises, the hardwoods become speckled with increasing numbers of species that become ablaze with color each fall. About midway, Pyramid Point Loop offers an ascending spur trail to Lookout Point, a favorite launch site for hang gliders. From this lookout, visitors can spy the shipwreck of the Morazan, the lighthouse on South Manitou Island, North Manitou Island, Manitou Shoals, South Fox Island and Pyramid Point. Park maps available at the visitor center help in identifying these points of interest. Retrace footsteps back to the main trail and proceed eastbound. In about half a mile another trail junction is encountered. Here, hikers may continue on the mail trail experiencing more meadows and woodlands or cut their hike short a mile by taking the spur trail.

Several notes about this trail: The end of the trail is alongside Basch Road; hikers should be aware of the traffic. Hunters are permitted in this area of the park during the fall hunting season; where blaze orange when hiking.

Directions: From Glen Arbor, MI, Travel north about 5 miles on M-22. When M-22 heads east, you will want to make a left turn on Port Oneida Road and proceed 2 miles turning right on Basch Road which carries you to lot with trailhead.

Elevation: 840 feet

Elevation Gain: 125 feet

Distance: 2.8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

 
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