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Mansitee River Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (50)

A winding trail with small to medium hills that closely follows the river with lots of wildlife.


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Map Key

12.0

Miles

19.3

KM

Point to Point

986' 301 m

High

720' 219 m

Low

907' 277 m

Up

806' 246 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

The Manistee River Trail can be a great fit for many different levels of hikers. You can hike this trail from start-to-end if you have a group with multiple vehicles. You have the choice to hike all 10.8 miles and then retrace your steps back to your vehicle for a 21.6 mile hike. My favorite thing to do is to park at Seton Creek campground, hike all the way down (10.8 miles) to Red Bridge (reserved campsites available) and then hike up the other side of river on a section of the NCT (10 miles). Then you can cross a suspension bridge and retrace the first 1.5 miles or so of the MRT back to your vehicle.

There are many marked campsites along the MRT and many more locations that will work just fine if you head off the trail into the forest. Water from the river is never really far away from this trail. The NCT side of the loop has few spots on the southern half of the loop that have water access and need to be planned accordingly.

The MRT has a few small waterfalls along the trail which can make for a great place to sleep if that sound does it for you. The terrain is a singletrack that is a bit rough at times but well maintained. It is not terribly uncommon to need to step over small trees or hike through some mud at times.

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Ryan McGovern

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Photos

Bluffs along the Manistee River Trail.
Aug 13, 2016 near Cadillac, MI
Sunrise over the Manistee River on Labor Day Weekend 2020
Nov 16, 2020 near Manton, MI
The view from along the MRT on a gloomy but still wonderful day.
Oct 31, 2016 near Manton, MI

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Sep 20, 2020
Beth N
10mi — 3h 30m
Sep 19, 2020
Beth N
10mi — 4h 00m
Aug 2, 2020
Francis Hernandez
Jul 1, 2020
Nathan Mosseri
25mi — 48h 00m
Jun 9, 2020
Matt Warner
Jun 8, 2020
Josh Holtrop
May 24, 2020
Adam Bruursema
awesome trail with great views. 12mi
Sep 13, 2019
Tom Reifenberg
Excellent campsites and commanding views of the river, with plenty of excellent forests to explore; not a lot of wildlife at this time of year asid… 14mi