The trail is about as technical as anything gets in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's narrow, not defined really well, some of the blazes are obscured, and lots of tree roots. On the section I ran today there were some steep climbs and descents as the trail made it's way over some creeks that feed into the Manistee River. Between those creeks the trail rolls gently. The biggest challenge today was way-finding. At times the trail would just completely disappear. I'd be standing there in a grove of maples or red pines looking for another blue blaze so I knew which way to go.
|Had to take a spur trail from the trail head to the main trail. Of the entire run, that was the most difficult portion just because it was the hardest to navigate.|
|This is fairly representative of the trail.|
|One of the gentler sections of the trail.|
|Ran across this little guy sunning himself. He didn't seem too worried about my presence.|
|Much of the trail overlooks the Manistee River. It was really one vista like this after another.|
|Overlooking the Manistee River|
|I just really liked the color in this tree. My camera didn't capture the depth the yellows very well.|