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Graves Overlook Loop

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2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 333' 102 m
Descent: -331' -101 m
High: 973' 296 m
Low: 792' 241 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A nice hilly loop up to the Graves Hill Overlook with a return along Hall Lake. A beautiful area all year long.

Zander Göpfert

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Recreation Passport required. Non-resident annual pass: $33; non-resident daily pass: $9.

Overview

Though this loop is only around two miles long, it has some challenging slopes to work your way up and then down on the way back. But the views, especially when the leaves are down, are well worth the effort. In the warmer months, the stretch of trail along the lake can be a nice place to cool off and dip your toes in or let the dog splash around.

For visitors looking to explore a bit more beyond the Graves Hill Overlook, continue northeast to find the glacial kettle holes called the "Devil's Soup Bowl."

Need to Know

More information on the MI DNR website.

Description

Turn off Gun Lake Road at the entrance drive for the Long Lake Outdoor Center and find the pull-off trailhead parking immediately on your right or continue down the road for more parking.

From the trailhead near Gun Lake Road, head into the woods (east) starting a short climb. Because this run is a loop and the trails in Yankee Springs can be traveled in either direction (for foot traffic), you can bear right (counterclockwise) and head toward Hall Lake first or, like this GPS shows, head left (clockwise) to climb a quick hill before completing the ascent to Graves Hill Overlook and then return along the Hall Lake shoreline. Along the shore, you'll be traveling on a section of the NCT (NCT: MI Segment 6 - West Michigan), which spans the entirety of Michigan from top to bottom for over 1,000 miles!

History & Background

Ancestral lands and hunting grounds of the Ottawa peoples and Chief Noonday.

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08ncTrail_2462" by Michelle Caldwell (https://tinyurl.com/yx2seeha), Flickr licensed by Public Domain, CC0 1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)
Nov 18, 2019 near Middlev…, MI
08northcountry_2456" by Michelle Caldwell (https://tinyurl.com/vfzzp29), Flickr licensed under Public Domain, CC0 1.0 (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)
Nov 18, 2019 near Middlev…, MI

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