Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake Nature Pathway


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...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  44.945158, -84.382882

Route Type: Loop      Difficulty: MODERATE (Petzoldt Rating: 2.84 )      Hike Length: 2.5 miles      Hike Duration: 1:15      Trailhead Temp: 22'F                                    Trail Traffic: 1-5 people      Min. Elevation: 1,240'      Max. Elevation: 1,325'      Total Vertical Gain: 170'      Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 68'

Trails Used (blaze color): Beaver Lodge Loop (blue), Eagle's Roost Loop (blue)

1-8-2012