Ottawa National Forest Trails

Ottawa Trails in Upper Michigan

Pine Bluff Trail

The trail is accessed along Highway M28, approx. 1/4 of a mile east of Sidnaw. Take FR 2200 north for approximately 9 miles to its junction with FR 2240. To the west of the junction you will find the access road to the Pine Bluff Trailhead. The trail is located within the Sturgeon Wilderness so motorized or wheeled vehicles are not permitted. Pine Bluff Trails approx. 3/4 of a mile long on mostly even, sandy ground. It takes youth rough jack pine and northern hardwood type forest to the edge of the Sturgeon Gorge. While the trail is only maintained to the edge of the Gorge, it does continue down into the Gorge and is used by both fishermen and hunters. The Gorge is very deep and the climb back out is strenuous. Going down into the Gorge is not recommended.

Bears Den Trail

As you leave the Pine Bluff Trailhead and return to FR2200, turn left, for approximately 3 more miles and you will see the sign for Bears Den Trail. Turn left to access the parking area. Bears Den Trail is approximately 1/4 of a mile long loop trail on mostly even, sandy ground. It takes you through northern hardwoods to a scenic view of the Sturgeon Gorge(nicest in the fall).

Cascade Falls Trail

A 2-mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bergland, Michigan that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until November. Directions: In Ontonagon head southeast on River St. toward Tin St. (381 ft), turn right onto Rockland Rd for 0.3 miles. Then turn right on M-64 for 1.6 miles and turn left onto Norwich Road for 12.9 miles. Then turn right onto Forest Road 630 for 2.2 miles and keep left to stay on Forest Road 630 for 1.8 miles and then turn left on Forest Road 400 for 0.5 miles. The trail is a loop trail and is 2.0 miles long. People have commented that the immediate trail is overgrown and hard to locate, but with a little effort it can be found

Sturgeon Falls Trail

As you leave the Bears Den Trail and return to FR 2200,turn left, go approximately 1/2 mile (300 feet) until you come to the junction with FR 2270. Turn left on FR 2270 and go approximately 1 1/2 mile until you see the sign for Sturgeon Falls Trail. The trail will be on your left but the parking area is on the right. Sturgeon Falls Trail is approximately 3/4 of a mile long on rather steep, sandy ground. The trail has two switchbacks to lessen the grade but is still a strenuous climb back out. The trail takes you on a nice hike through northern hardwoods to one of the tallest falls around.

Sturgeon Falls, Bears Den, and Pine Bluff Trails can also be accessed from the north via highway M38. You would turn south on Prickett Dam Road for approximately 2 1/2 miles until it junctions with FR2270, turn right on FR 2270 and follow it for approximately 9 miles until you see the sign for Sturgeon Falls Trail. The trail will be on your right but the parking area is on the left. From here you reverse your drive back to Sidnaw and the Bears Den and Pine Bluff Trails. Approximately 1/8 of a mile north oft he parking area for the Sturgeon Falls Trail a spur trail to the North Country Trail leaves FR 2270. This spur is approx. 4/10 of a mile long. Once on the North Country Trail, an individual can go for miles!! The North Country Trail here is about medium difficulty but is a very nice walk through northern hardwoods. A special site to see is the overstory oak with an understory of white pine.

Jumbo Falls Trail

Along highway M28, approximately 1 1/2 miles west of Kenton, take Golden Glow Road south for approximately 1 1/2 miles, to the first intersection and turn left. Stay on the main road (veer right) and follow it all the way through the Jumbo Pit until you come to the parking area for Jumbo Falls Trail. The trail is approximately 1/10 of a mile long on even, common ground. There are two puncheon foot bridges along the trail. The trail takes you through northern hardwoods along the west bank of the Jumbo River, up stream, to the Jumbo Falls. Nice, short walk, to a nice little falls.

Sparrow Rapids Campground Trail

From M28 in Kenton, take FH 16 north approximately 1/4 of a mile to the junction of FR 1100. Turn left and follow FR 1100 for approx. 31/2 miles to Sparrow Rapids Campground. The campground will be on your left. Upon entering the campground you will see the parking area for Sparrow Rapids Campground Trail. The trail is approximately 3/10 of a mile long and takes you through northern hardwoods along the East Branch of the Ontonagon River and provides for excellent trout fishing opportunities. This loop trail is circular and is rather steep at both ends. There are several steps (about 50) that have to be negotiated along the trail.

Deer Marsh Interpretive Trail

From M28 in Sidnaw, take Sidnaw South Road south for approximately 7 miles to its junction with FR 2125 (Martin Lake Road). Turn left and follow FR 2125 for approximately 1/8 of a mile. The trail is looped and approximately 3 miles long, located on rolling, sandy ground. The difficulty of the trail goes from easy, to medium, with a little degree of difficulty. Gravel has been placed on approximately 1/2 mile of the trail. There are several interpretive signs along the trail. There is also a puncheon bridge that crosses a beaver dam and two viewing platforms along the trail. The trail takes you through pine forest and northern hardwoods along the shore of Deer Marsh. The trail can also be accessed at another trailhead located at Lake Ste Kathryn Campground. To access via this trailhead you would continue south on Sidnaw South Road for about 1 1/2 miles until you come to the Lake Ste Kathryn Campground. It will be on your right. Turn right to the campground and the Deer Marsh Trailhead will be on your immediate left.

Davidson Lakes Hunter Trail

From M28 in Trout Creek, take Gardener Road north for about 5 1/2 miles to Five Mile Road. Turn right and follow Five Mile Road, approximately 3 miles, until you come to a gate. Five Mile Road turns into FR820 when it enters the Ottawa National Forest. Davidson Lakes Hunter Trail is a loop trail, approximately 8 1/2 miles long. The trail can be made shorter by taking different branches. The trail takes you through pine and northern hardwood forests on rolling sandy ground. There are several lakes and ponds to be seen along the trail. Difficulty of walking is between easy and medium. Nice walk with lots of opportunity to see water fowl and other forest animals.

O Kun De Kun Trail

Part of the North Country Trail System. The trail is fairly level with slight slopes and takes about 45 minutes to hike. It has pretty waterfalls, an impressive expansion bridge and is fairly easy walking. It is located about halfway between Rockland MI and Bruce Crossing off of US 45. Cascade Falls Trail – This one mile trail offers two alternative routes to reach a small waterfall on Cascade Creek. The scenic Twin Peaks route climbs a bluff overlooking the West Branch of the Ontonagon River and the Trap Hills. The valley route avoids the steep path of the higher route but reaches the same destination. To reach the trailhead parking lot, go 7 miles northeast of Bergland on Forest Road 400 to the junction with FR 468. The two routes depart from the parking lot. 

Old Grade Trail

On M-38, seven miles west of Nisula. Ottawa National Forest-United States Forest Service. 3.9 miles partially marked novice trail

Trap Hills Traverse Trail

Part of the North Country Trail System this is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bergland, Michigan in southern Ontonagon County, features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until November. Elevation is 1,145 ft. and has some steep inclines. Directions: Head southeast on River St. toward Tin St and turn right onto Rockland Rd. Directions: Turn right on M-64 for 5.4 miles and turn left on L P Walsh Road for 12.4 miles. Then turn left on M-64 for 1.2 miles and then turn left onto Old M-64 S for 4.1 miles