Platte Plains Trail

Why it’s great for the first time hiker…

The Platte Plains Trail is easy in overall difficulty and mostly flat, therefore, it is ideal for those looking to enjoy beautiful overlooks out on the Lake Michigan Shoreline.

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

With a total of 14+ miles of loops, we recommend taking the Lasso Loop, which totals 6.6 miles.  This can be completed at right about two hours and offers the best views of Lake Michigan.  You can also park at the White Pine Backcountry Campground and hike along Lake Michigan and back if time is an issue.

Trail Description

The trail is mostly flat with some short, steep hills. Primarily pine, oak, and aspen forest and open meadows with some views of Lake Michigan. A national park pass is required for parking.

3.5 – 14.7 miles of easy to moderate trails

Bass Lake Loop: 3.5 miles
Otter Creek Loop: 4.6 miles
Lasso Loop: 6.3 miles


Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Trail Amenities/Quick Look:

  • Camping at designated campsites
  • Scenic Views of Lake Michigan
  • 3 Loops
  • Information stations/trail markers

Trailhead Locations

Trailhead - Lake Michigan Road

Trailhead - Bass Lake


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