Located on the edge of an extensive upland area set in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest, Lake Gogebic State Park is an ideal point from which to explore the western Upper Peninsula. A 3-mile nature loop at Lake Gogebic State Park affords an adventure into the backcountry. The trail is considered a loop trail but making one's way back to the trailhead is an adventure within itself. The trail begins at the northwest corner of the day use area and spills out at the south end of the park. Hikers of limited physical strength can enjoy this half-day hike, which only requires one small ascent. Note that several wet low-lying areas must be negotiated during the wetter seasons.
When exploring the park's interior during spring, not only are you left with memorable images of the ancient forests but with images and perhaps photographs of rare native orchids poking through the leaf-covered forest floor. Despite the fact that showy spring wildflowers attract many hikers, the recommended hiking season is fall when the legions of biting insects have retreated. This trail is open to cross-country skiers in winter; call park for access details.
Directions: From Bergland, MI, Travel 14 miles south along M-64 following signs into park. After you enter the park, go left to the campground proceeding northbound into the day use area. The trailhead is located in the northwest corner of the day use area.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
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