Old Indian Trails

Frankfort, Michigan

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Loop trails founded by American Indians, winding through mature stands of trees to the shore. The two loops of this trail follow the crests of tree-covered ancient dunes, well inland from today's shoreline. The dunes mark the post-glacial shoreline of Lake Michigan. The mix of hardwoods and pines that cover the area provide welcome relief from summer heat. The trail is a portion of an Indian trail used to reach the shore area to fish and camp. Special attractions: Isolated beaches along Lake Michigan, and a sprinkling of wildflowers in wooded areas.
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Hiking Michigan

by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Guides)

Loop trails founded by American Indians, winding through mature stands of trees to the shore. The two loops of this trail follow the crests of tree-covered ancient dunes, well inland from today's shoreline. The dunes mark the post-glacial shoreline of Lake Michigan.

The mix of hardwoods and pines that cover the area provide welcome relief from summer heat. The trail is a portion of an Indian trail used to reach the shore area to fish and camp. Special attractions: Isolated beaches along Lake Michigan, and a sprinkling of wildflowers in wooded areas.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Frankfort
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Summer and early fall
Local Contacts: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Local Maps: National Park Service Old Indian Trail map; USGS Frankfort quad.
Topo Map: Old Indian Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Michigan Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/27/2005

This trail is primarily in northern hardwood forest. We hiked on a Tuesday and had virtually no other company on the trail (one jogger and one hikng couple). The trail has two loops - we followed the black diamond loop. There is a little up and down but nothing strenous. The best part is when you arrive at the dune overlook. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan and unspoiled dunes. Its a short walk to the beach but its all uphill on dune sand coming back. Overall a very enjoyable hike.

4/25/2004
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