Lake Huron Shore Walk

Thompson Harbor State Park


Thompson Harbor, located east of Rogers City, is one of those rare undeveloped jewels of the Michigan State Park system. Formerly a busy shipping harbor, Thompson's Harbor has now been completely reclaimed by nature. It's a wonder that I hadn't visited this place yet as it has quite a reputation for its wildflower displays in the spring.

I had, in fact, been eyeing this place for a hike since the beginning of winter and had been waiting for a nice clear day to visit. Alas, clear winter days in northern Michigan are fleeting and I felt I had waited long enough. Of the 6+ miles of trails in the park I covered about 4 on this loop. Despite the clouds, I managed to have a rather good time...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:   45.342661, -83.588284

Route Type: Loop (only possible in winter)      Difficulty: MODERATE (Petzoldt Rating: 4.20 )      Mileage Hiked: 4.0 miles      Trailhead Temp: 29'F                             Min. Elevation: 575'      Max Elevation: 600'      Total Elevation Gain: 100'

Trails Used (blaze color): Loop #1 (unblazed), Loop #2 (unblazed)

1-21-2010