Marl Lake Trail System
ElevationAscent: 268' 82 m
Descent: -272' -83 m
High: 1,241' 378 m
Low: 1,152' 351 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
“Come enjoy an easy, scenic, wooded hike.”— Carl Ignash
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly Children would also find this pretty easy due to the lack of large hills. And there are shorter loops if the 5 miles is too far for some children or adults.
The first loop, (Loop A (Green Trail), is marked with green markers and is about 1.5 miles long. The second loop, Loop B (Red Trail) is about 3 miles long and is marked with red markers. Lastly, Loop C (Blue Trail) is the farthest from the trailhead and makes for a 5-mile loop from the trailhead.
The trail near the lake has a couple of wooden bridges over low wet areas. There are other shallow dips in the trail that can be a bit muddy. The woods are made up of pine, maple, oak, birch, and ferns. The first half of the trail's singletrack is complete with roots and dips present. The back half of the trail is about 70% doubletrack. The trail is used for hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking, so you're likely to see a host of different trail users.
Flora & Fauna
Land Manager: Michigan Department of Natural Resources