Big Bear Lake Nature Pathway, Otsego County (1-8-12) - dwhike
Beaver Lodge #2...looks long abandoned and is located curiously close to the shore...

This pretty little trail is tucked away in the southeastern corner of Otsego County. Along its 2.5 mile length you'll find a number of different habitats and pass no less than four lakes and ponds. I chose this particular hike at this particular time because, in this winter without snow, I figured the best bet for finding a bit of the white stuff was in Otsego County which is typically the snow capital of Northern Michigan. Alas, even here there was barely enough to cover the ground and I had to keep the snowshoes in the trunk for at least a little while longer. Nonetheless, it was still a very pleasant walk...join me, if you will...

Hike Length: 2.5 miles                  Hike Duration: 1:15

Trailhead Temp: 22'F

Min. Elevation: 1,240'                   Max. Elevation: 1,325'

Total Vertical Gain: 170'                Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 68'

Directions to Trailhead:

-Follow M-32 east from Gaylord (through the community of Johannesburg) for approx. 18 miles to Meridian Line Road, turn right (south).

-Follow Meridian Line Road 1.5 miles to Bear Lake Road on the right.

-Follow Bear Lake road about a half mile to campground and trailhead.