Hiking Michigan's Upper Peninsula
by Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Rebecca Pelky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We hiked here on Saturday 9/13. Beautiful trail, although we only made it about half way to the falls as marquette.org billed this trail to be .5 miles from the trailhead. we ran out of time and had to turn back about 4 miles into the hike.
I try to make it to the falls at least once a year. I recommend doing this in late April after the snow melts, or in mid-September to November 15th. I feel this will help you avoid bugs and deer hunters. The Elliot-Donnelley wilderness (Little Garlic) trailhead starts just off of CR 550. Head towards Big Bay. When the four lane ends, slow down and keep your eyes on the left. Just past a bridge going over a small river (the Little Garlic) there is a parking area. There are some modest hills, nothing too bad. One way is 3.8 miles. The Michigan DNR or some nice volunteer groups have built foot bridges and boardwalks over the wetter spots. The majority of the trail parallels the river, making for some nice scenery. I don’t recommend mountain bikes, even if they are allowed at all. Bring along plenty of water, a camera, a friend, or better yet, a dog or two!
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