Lake Ann Pathway

Traverse City, Michigan

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While not as challenging as some of its neighboring routes, Lake Ann is becoming a popular system because of its variety, proximity to Traverse City, and great lake, river, and forest scenery. Part of the trail not only goes along the shore of Lake Ann, measuring about a mile wide north–south and east–west, but also meanders along two other smaller waters and a stretch of the Platte River, one of the prettiest trout streams in this part of Michigan. The river bottom is so pebbly in areas that it looks golden. In fall visitors come up to a stretch of stream south of U.S. 31 to fish for migrating salmon, and they do so again in spring for steelhead, a lake-run type of rainbow trout. In summer the river opens to stream trout anglers, too. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but generally skier-set tracks.
Winter Trails: Michigan

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Winter Trails: Michigan

by William Semion (The Globe Pequot Press)

While not as challenging as some of its neighboring routes, Lake Ann is becoming a popular system because of its variety, proximity to Traverse City, and great lake, river, and forest scenery. Part of the trail not only goes along the shore of Lake Ann, measuring about a mile wide north–south and east–west, but also meanders along two other smaller waters and a stretch of the Platte River, one of the prettiest trout streams in this part of Michigan.

The river bottom is so pebbly in areas that it looks golden. In fall visitors come up to a stretch of stream south of U.S. 31 to fish for migrating salmon, and they do so again in spring for steelhead, a lake-run type of rainbow trout. In summer the river opens to stream trout anglers, too. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but generally skier-set tracks.

©  William Semion/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Traverse City
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day trip
Trailhead Elevation: 250 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Lake Ann State Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Ann Pathway

Recent Trail Reviews

3/11/2007
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As far as cross county skiing goes this was very much a roller coaster. The hills were straight up and straight down. It was scenic throuhg the hardwoods, pines, and along the river. I would not recommend this to beginners. There were areas to go to avoid some of the hills. It took a couple of hours to do the whole trail.



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