Carp Creek

Carp Creek Gorge

I stumbled upon this hike looking at the nearby U of M biological website. The 2-mile loop circles a 100-150' deep gorge cut by the tiny Carp Creek between Douglas and Burt Lakes. What makes it unique is that the water flowing out from Douglas Lake does not drop into the gorge as a dramatic waterfall but rather seeps into the ground emerging into the gorge from the bottom of a steep, 118' hillside about a half mile to the south. It doesn't sound like much but trust me, it's pretty cool to see. Oh, and with the family along, the company was great too...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  45.555663, -84.686726

Route Type:  Loop                      Difficulty:  EASY

Hike Length: 1.5 miles                 Hike Duration: 1:00

Trailhead Temp: 79'F                  Trail Traffic:  1-5 people

Min. Elevation: 655'                     Max. Elevation: 725'

Total Vertical Gain: 100'              Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 67'

Trails Used (blaze color):  Carp Creek Gorge Loop Trail (unblazed?)

  • Emily

    on December 6, 2010

    The pictures are amazing. I did a research project in the Creek over the summer and I didn't take a lot of pictures so these are perfect. However for the research we hiked through the cedar swamp and not the trail on the lip of the gorge! :/