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Search Bay and St. Martin Hiking & Ski Trail

M-134,
Hessel, MI 49745
Description
Two easy, groomed cross-country ski loops in a figure-eight pattern, 1 1/2 miles each, go through the woods and wetlands at the base of the little peninsula going out to St. Martin's Point. From the trailhead a little south of M-134, the first loop starts in frozen cedar swamps, then comes up to a spruce and balsam woods broken with occasional wildlife openings of aspen - the same habitat of the second loop, which is basically dry in summer. The second loop also makes a pleasant hiking trail that offers a good chance of seeing deer, grouse, bald eagles, hawks, and perhaps even a porcupine or bear. Get there by going down Forest Road 3436. Hikers should take the trail where the second loop crosses the road twice.
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