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Water Tower - Lagoon - Mount Baldhead - Oval Beach

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Combines parts of several trails into a very scenic loop.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

91%

Runnable

717' 219 m

High

592' 180 m

Low

271' 83 m

Up

270' 82 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This trail features forested land, a section by the Oxbow lagoon, a view from Mount Baldhead, sand dunes, and Lake Michigan.

Need to Know

The parking lot has a fee during the tourist season. You could access the look from Mount Baldhead as an alternative.

Description

Starts in the middle of the eastern half of Oval Beach parking lot. It crosses a sandy area and proceeds through woods up a hill to the water tower (you may have to run around fallen trees on the way). Then it goes NE down on a wide path, past an access road (it heads off to the east to Park Street).

The trail then heads west to the Oxbow Lagoon. It turns south and goes through some dunes, crosses the first section and heads ESE up a ridge to Mount Baldhead. From the peak it heads west along a ridge with sand dunes. There's a short, steepish section near Perryman Street, then it follows the street to the Oval Beach entrance. From there, follow the parking lot NNE to the starting point.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Saugatuck

Shared By:

Chris Clark

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Photos

Looking down from the last step.
Nov 22, 2020 near Douglas, MI
View from Mount Baldhead.
Nov 22, 2020 near Douglas, MI
Looking down the dune toward Oval Beach.
Nov 22, 2020 near Douglas, MI
Looking across the Oxbow.
Nov 20, 2020 near Douglas, MI
Following the old road.
Nov 20, 2020 near Douglas, MI
Looking towards Mount Baldhead.
Nov 22, 2020 near Douglas, MI

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