Five Finger Point Trail
ElevationAscent: 131' 40 m
Descent: -277' -85 m
High: 801' 244 m
Low: 600' 183 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“This loop is easily one of the best family-friendly runs of its length in the Lakes Region. Great vistas and swimming.”— Jesse Metzger
Circling the loop clockwise (bearing left at the peninsula's neck) leads rather quickly to the route's main swimming attraction: the Rattlesnake Cove Jumping Rock, which is reached by a very short unmarked spur trail leading to the shoreline. Here, at Rattlesnake Cove's southern inlet, a large rock formation slopes gradually down toward the water's edge before dropping off into a beginner-friendly "cliff jump" only about seven feet high. The landing is wide, easy to spot, and 25-30 feet deep. Water access without a jump is found at the shallower areas to the left of the ledge. On mid-summer weekends, the spot draws crowds of swimmers and onlookers who have reached the cove by motorboat.
Continuing clockwise around the loop, runners pass two somewhat sandy coves opening to the south and southwest before reaching the peninsula's westernmost "finger." Here, another tiny spur leads out to a remarkable vista at the water's edge, where gradually sloping rocks sprawl out into the lake, offering great swimming for younger children and anyone else who passed on the plunge at the Jumping Rock. It's also a perfect spot for lunch and afternoon sunning. The remaining section of the loop goes quickly, though progress may be slowed during the right time of year by plentiful blueberry bushes along the peninsula's western edge.
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