Cedar River Pathway

Gladstone, Michigan

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The Cedar River Pathway is made up of four loops ranging from 2 to 7 miles. These are easy hikes for explorers of all ages. The backdrop of the Cedar River, the remoteness of the western Upper Peninsula, and the mix of rolling hills and upland and riverine environments make this trail system one of the better loop systems in the state. The pathway is made up of four loops—2 miles, 3.5 miles, 5 miles, and 7 miles long—which offer hikers the opportunity to explore. The trails are wide, well-marked, and easy to follow through a mix of upland and lowland habitats that provide plenty of diversions. Trails follow many of the ridgelines that crisscross the area, as well as "glacier tracks" or eskers left behind retreating sheets of ice. The western edges of the trail system trace a portion of the Cedar River, the area's greatest attraction. From the fifteen-site rustic campground on the banks of the Cedar River to fishing opportunities, wildlife, and wildflowers, the area is a step into the nature of the region. Special attractions: Glacial geology, and the wild Cedar River.
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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

The Cedar River Pathway is made up of four loops ranging from 2 to 7 miles. These are easy hikes for explorers of all ages. The backdrop of the Cedar River, the remoteness of the western Upper Peninsula, and the mix of rolling hills and upland and riverine environments make this trail system one of the better loop systems in the state. The pathway is made up of four loops—2 miles, 3.5 miles, 5 miles, and 7 miles long—which offer hikers the opportunity to explore.

The trails are wide, well-marked, and easy to follow through a mix of upland and lowland habitats that provide plenty of diversions. Trails follow many of the ridgelines that crisscross the area, as well as "glacier tracks" or eskers left behind retreating sheets of ice. The western edges of the trail system trace a portion of the Cedar River, the area's greatest attraction. From the fifteen-site rustic campground on the banks of the Cedar River to fishing opportunities, wildlife, and wildflowers, the area is a step into the nature of the region. Special attractions: Glacial geology, and the wild Cedar River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gladstone
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Late summer and fall are better times to hike the Cedar River pathway, but after mid-September, hunters may be in the area.
Local Contacts: Escanaba River State Forest, 906-786-2351
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources map
Driving Directions: Directions to Cedar River Pathway

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