Lake Ann Pathway

Why it’s great for the first time hiker & biker…

In less than 4 miles, you view 4 lakes, skirt three bogs, and follow a stretch of the Platte River. From swamps and lakes to a trout stream, few trails in southern Michigan display so much water in such a short distance.  Even though it is moderate in difficulty, the short distance makes it great for the first timer that has limited time.

Why it’s great for the first time back country skier…

The great views and frequent use almost make this a groomed trail as many tracks are typically set during the winter season because of the frequent use.


Best segment(s) for a 2 hours or less hike

The entire trail can be easily completed in less than 2 hours.

Trail Description

In the Pere Marquette State Forest and is known primarily as an excellent Nordic ski trail, featuring many loops and a rolling terrain. What started out as an interpretive trail in the late 1970’s is now a popular multi-use trail with mountain bikers and hikers enjoying what skiers love; the scenic overlooks from the trail and the quiet nature of the area. In less than 4 miles, you view 4 lakes, skirt three bogs, and follow a stretch of the Platte River. From swamps and lakes to a trout stream, few trails in southern Michigan display so much water in such a short distance.

Difficulty: Moderate


Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Vehicle entry permit or state park pass required
  • Adjacent to Lake Ann State Forest Campground

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Lake Ann Pathway