The Hoist Lake area is managed specifically for enjoyment by hikers and other non-mechanized visitors. Mountain bikers are prohibited from using the area. The area’s nearly 11,000 acres are located in the heart of Huron National Forest, offering foot travelers an opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of city life; the trails are just a short drive from urban sprawl.
The environment here in this corner of the northeast Lower Peninsula includes small lakes, wetlands, upland hardwood ridges, bluffs, and steep hills, plus extensive conifer forests. Resident wildlife includes Michigan’s "black ghost," the always-there but seldom-seen black bear. The 20 miles of trails are challenging, punctuated by hills topping out at more than 1,000 feet. This is as close as many hikers will ever get to genuine wilderness. The Hoist Lake Area is scenic, tranquil, and easily accessible. Trails are well marked and solid underfoot, but several hills increase the physical challenge. Special attractions: Wildlife, scenery, solitude.
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