Cross Trail

Ontonagon, Michigan

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A connector trail between two of the park's major trails. From the southern trailhead on the Little Carp Trail hikers go 0.5 mile before dropping into an extensive wet area known as the Memengwa Swamp. The wetlands can be especially buggy early in the hiking season, and will be challenging regardless of the time of the year you visit. After 1.5 trail miles, the swamp turns into a relatively dry forest as hikers begin to climb out of the wet basin. A slight climb over the next mile of the trail ends at an overlook that presents the first look at the Big Carp River. Special attractions: Big Carp River, swamp ecology, connector trail possibilities.
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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

A connector trail between two of the park's major trails. From the southern trailhead on the Little Carp Trail hikers go 0.5 mile before dropping into an extensive wet area known as the Memengwa Swamp. The wetlands can be especially buggy early in the hiking season, and will be challenging regardless of the time of the year you visit.

After 1.5 trail miles, the swamp turns into a relatively dry forest as hikers begin to climb out of the wet basin. A slight climb over the next mile of the trail ends at an overlook that presents the first look at the Big Carp River. Special attractions: Big Carp River, swamp ecology, connector trail possibilities.

©  Mike Modrzynski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ontonagon
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Fall, when bugs are less active
Local Contacts: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Local Maps: USGS Thomaston, White Pine, and Carp River quads;
Driving Directions: Directions to Cross Trail

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