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Shingle Mill Pathway

Intermediate

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10.6 mile 17.1 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 333' 101 m
Descent: -343' -105 m
High: 1,044' 318 m
Low: 874' 266 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

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A lovely trail highlighted by river views, towering mature hardwood forests and pine plantations.

Kristen Arendt

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This loop is just over ten miles and offers a remote and beautiful setting where runners can enjoy a completely undeveloped forest that's home to elk, bear, bobcat and more. The Shingle Mill Pathway offers a glimpse of the Pigeon River State Forest sharing some of the best terrain of it's larger brother, the High Country Pathway.

There are three loop options all of which include river views, towering mature hardwood forests, and pine plantations. This loop includes a stop at Section 4 lake with its deep blue water and storybook scenery. All loops end up back at the trailhead on a quarter mile long boardwalk in dark cool cedar forest that runs along the Pigeon River.

You can either run the complete loop, or shorten it by using the Shingle Mill 6-Mile Cutoff, or the Shingle Mill 10-Mile Cutoff.

The trailhead is located on Sturgeon Valley Road across from the Pigeon Bridge campground outside of Vanderbilt, MI by roughly 10 miles. Parking is across from the campground, and the trail start is located within the campground itself.

An alternate trailhead is at 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI. Parking is available next to the forest headquarters building.

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View off the boardwalk
Aug 22, 2018 near Gaylord, MI
The final stretch of the trail is a 1/4 mile boardwalk through the marsh.
Jan 19, 2017 near Gaylord, MI
Wood plank bridges elevate a portion of the trail to keep off mossy undergrowth.
Jan 3, 2019 near Gaylord, MI
A creek flowing into Grass Lake.
Jan 3, 2019 near Gaylord, MI
View of a bend in the Pigeon River.
Jan 3, 2019 near Gaylord, MI

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