Maple City, Leelanau County
Hiking Trails | Snowshoeing Trails | Nordic (XC) Skiing
The 1.9-mile trail here follows a gated forestry road and makes a gradual, gentle ascent up along an impressive ridge, making a large loop until returning visitors to the valley below. Midway up the ascent, you can take the narrow footpath which follows the top of the ridge before reconnecting to the forestry road loop. Along the way, you’ll see a working, sustainable forest that features everything from an invasive black locust grove that the Conservancy is working to eradicate to mature northern hardwoods of all ages, including portions that will remain un-harvested. This is a woodland trail that is especially beautiful after a heavy snowfall, or in the fall when the colors are at their peak. One caveat; the trek down the back side is much steeper than the gentle ascent.