High Country Pathway Professional Review and Guide
"A 70-mile loop through some of the most diverse environments in Michigan. Veteran hikers have labeled the High Country Pathway "The Hike Assembled By Committee," since the terrain and habitat change abruptly and constantly. The complete loop takes an experienced hiker nearly seven days to complete, provided he or she doesn't make too many stops to fish or take note of the diverse flora and fauna along the trail. Wet and wild, flat and hilly are just a few of the possible combinations to be found along the 70-mile-long pathway —and that's before you include the possible combinations mentioned above.
It is not uncommon to observe white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, or black bears, along with a host of other small animals, along the trail. Eagles and ospreys soar over the region, and more than a hundred other species of birds call this area home. One of the best brook trout streams in the Midwest, the Black River, flows through the area. The Pigeon River and McMasters Creek are also good trout fisheries. Lakes encountered along the trail offer fishing for everything from rainbow trout and pan fish to northern pike and bass. Special attractions: wildlife and fishing."