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State Highway M-185 (Lake Shore Boulevard)

Easy/Intermediate
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An approximately 8.0 mile long paved route with beautiful lake and forest views throughout the hike.


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8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

Loop

621' 189 m

High

583' 178 m

Low

157' 48 m

Up

156' 48 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This is a paved "Highway" with no cars allowed.

Ferry boat service may be limited in winter months.

Need to Know

The only restrooms on this route are those at British Landing and in town. Check the weather for proper dress. Pack water. Cell phone service is pretty good throughout this route. No camping on Mackinac Island.

Description

This is a paved "Highway" with no cars allowed. Just pedestrians and bicycle traffic, which can be heavy at times. This hike is especially beautiful in the very early morning so that you can catch a majestic sunrise. One tip is to not forget your camera. From the center of town, head east.

As you follow this route, there is an opportunity to visit an arch rock. The location is marked and there are wooden stairs that lead to this site. The stairs are over 200 steps with an elevation of 149 feet above the lake, so keep that in mind. Traveling onward on 185, you'll pass otters and ducks in the lake along with an occasional deer on your left. Also be sure to gaze skyward as bald eagles are part of the wildlife mix.

As you travel you'll be passing mile marker posts so that you have an idea on your progress. Also you'll see various picnic tables and informational boards of native residents. British Landing makes for a good rest stop with restrooms. The route continues with views of Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac. The route continues through town and you'll arrive back where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Gulls, ducks, otters, and the occasional beaver colony.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ron Epley

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View from Arch Rock
Mar 23, 2017 near Saint I…, MI
View of Mackinac Bridge from island.
Dec 27, 2018 near Saint I…, MI
Looking up at Arch Rock from M185
Dec 27, 2018 near Saint I…, MI
Stairs to Arch Rock
Dec 27, 2018 near Saint I…, MI

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