Mud Lake Trail Hike Route Map

Leelanau State Park - Mud Lake Trail

Located at the tip of Michigan's "little finger" Leelanau State Park is made up of two unique, the busy one contains the campground but the other, this one, simply contains a few miles of dunes, unspoiled shoreline and a lake with the rather uninspiring name of Mud.

This hike had been on my list for a while and the couple of reviews I read concerning it had nary a bad word to say against it. Largely due to the hype given the trail I decided to make the long drive up the Leelanau to see for myself. Unfortunately, one cannot be awed by every trail they hike and this was such a trail for me. While the three-mile loop did offer some nice lakeshore views the scenery along the way was mostly of one, long, unbroken stretch of woodland that could be easily confused with any woodland in northern Michigan. The solitude was there, which is always nice, but as it turned out this was just one to check off the list...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  45.173193, -85.573841

Route Type:  Loop + spurs

Difficulty:  MODERATE  (Petzoldt Rating:  3.80 )

Mileage Hiked: 3.0 miles

Trailhead Temp: 81'F

Min. Elevation: 575'

Max Elevation: 660' 

Trails Used (blaze color):  Mud Lake (blue/orange), Pothole Ridge (unblazed?)


  • M K

    on August 26, 2014

    You should have gone out to Lake Michigan. It really isn't that far and it's worth it. The view and the solitude are great. Also, you needed to take your binoc's. This is a bird refuge. If you know what you're looking for, there's more to see than trees.