by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)
© Mike Modrzynski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This was my first real hiking trip and I had fun on this trail-but I would not hike it again. In most parts it is well marked, however; there are a few areas where it is not marked well at all. We could not find a a blue mark somewhere between 12 and 12A. We kept following the sandy 2 track that the trail had us following. We crossed the river at a marshy area; the trail did not do this by the map but this was where the 2 track went. Luckily, this 2 track led us to Stanley Lake in about an hour. We got back on the trail there. We got off the trail again and ended up following a dirt road (maybe #43, not sure). Anyways, we ended up in the Kingston Plains and asked someone that drove by on the 2 track where we were. We kept walking on the dirt road until we noticed that the trail crossed the road. We got back on the trail and went all the way to Kingston Lake. Another thing that I did not like about this trail-I expected more dense forest. Many areas were quite open.
HIKED SOUTH FROM KINSSTON SFCG/TRAIL WELL MARKED WHEN IN THE
WOODS,BUT GETS VERY HARD TO FOLLOW IN THE OPEN KINGSTON PLAINS. WE GOT OFF ON A CIRCULAR PATH THAT DUMPED US BACK OUT NEAR THE PARK/ HAVE NO IDEA WHERE WE WENT WRONG/GAVE UP AND HIKED BACK TO THE PCITURED ROCKS LAKESHORE
The Fox river offers a great Northern Midwest, deep woods experience. The river is an excellent brook trout fishery and one can often find themselves the only person along the trail. The path is fairly well maintained but is often quite wet in the Spring. Additionaly, snow is found in patches well into May. As soon as snow leaves the Upper Peninsula black flies (and later Mosquitoes) swarm the riversides until the heat of Summer. Escapees from a prison not far from here turned themselves in as they could not handle the bugs in the area. Keep that in mind if you come in the Spring. Fall is a good time to visit the area as the hardwoods show their colors and the bugs are at a minimum. This is a fairly remote place and there are very few services in the area so come prepared. Also consider a trip to nearby Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore just East of Munising.
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