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Isle Royale National Park: Island Traverse

Capture the renowned mystique of Lake Superior’s solitary atoll on this 61.2-mile traverse of Isle Royale, a pristine archipelago untouched by development and home to thriving wolf and moose populations.

Isle Royale National Park: McCargoe Cove to Rock Harbor

Camp on sandy beaches, explore untouched forests, and listen to gray wolves howl on this 16.2-mile hike on an isolated island in Lake Superior.

Grand Rapids: Saugatuck Dunes South Loop

Escape to a secluded strip of rippling dunes on this 5.2-miler, which rewards your efforts with panora- mas from high above Lake Michigan.

Grand Rapids: Big Sable Point

Climb to a historic lighthouse and spot a mysterious shipwreck in Lake Michigan on this 4.3-mile loop in Ludington State Park.

Watersmeet, MI: Clark Lake

This 8.2-mile Sylvania Wilderness overnight loops around a glacial lake with sandy beaches and huge virgin-growth trees. It’s one of the best hiking spots in the upper Midwest.

Lansing: Deerfield Park

This pleasant 4-mile loop runs through a peaceful hardwood forest, then roughly parallels the banks of the Chippewa River to a wooden covered bridge.

Grand Rapids, MI: Ludington Canoe Trail

Connect dune-lined shores, secluded inlets, and marshlands Hamlin Lake on this 4.9-mile paddle in Ludington State Park.

Chicago, IL: Warren Dunes State Park Loop

Connect wooded dunes, bottomland forest, and a pristine beach on this 3.7-mile loop along Lake Michigan in Warren Dunes State Park.

Grand Rapids, MI: Manistee River Loop

Explore the cedar groves and 100-year-old white pines in the Manistee River Valley on this 22-mile overnight.

Ontonagon, MI: North Country Trail

Discover mesmerizing views and solitude on the North Country Trail.

Grand Rapids, MI: Hall Lake Trail

Inspire your inner thru-hiker on this easy 2-miler in Yankee Springs Recreation Area that samples the North Country Trail with a climb to a glacier-formed depression.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Miners Beach to Little Beaver Lake

Trace the shoreline of Lake Superior past beaches and lakefront overlooks on this 13.8-mile point to point in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Isle Royale National Park: Greenstone Ridge Trail

Go high above this tiny Lake Superior island for solitude, views, and one of Michigan’s most incredible ridge hikes.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI: North Manitou Island

Circumnavigate a wilderness island on this 15-mile loop on North Manitou Island.

Manistee River Trail Loop: Manistee State Forest, MI

Have one of the best backpacking adventures in the Lower Peninsula on this tranquil 17.5-mile loop through the Manistee National Forest.

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Big Sable Lighthouse
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Grand Rapids: Big Sable Point

Climb to a historic lighthouse and spot a mysterious shipwreck in Lake Michigan on this 4.3-mile loop in Ludington State Park.

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Watersmeet, MI: Clark Lake

This 8.2-mile Sylvania Wilderness overnight loops around a glacial lake with sandy beaches and huge virgin-growth trees. It’s one of the best hiking spots in the upper Midwest.

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Lansing: Deerfield Park

This pleasant 4-mile loop runs through a peaceful hardwood forest, then roughly parallels the banks of the Chippewa River to a wooden covered bridge.

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Hall Lake
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Grand Rapids, MI: Hall Lake Trail

Inspire your inner thru-hiker on this easy 2-miler in Yankee Springs Recreation Area that samples the North Country Trail with a climb to a glacier-formed depression.

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