Point Patterson, Mackinac County (10-29-10) - dwhike
Point Patterson Shore Route

Point Patterson is located along a stretch of UP shoreline that I rarely, if ever, visit. In fact, it sits smack in the middle of what may very well be the longest stretch of uninhabited shoreline on the entire lake. One solitary paved road leads south from US-2 at the tiny crossroads of Gould City about 15-miles to the shore. At this point there is a tiny park from which point one can wander the empty shore in either direction. On this hike I'd be heading a couple miles west out to Point Patterson. There would be no marked trails but with a wide beach to walk I didn't figure it would take any serious navigational skills to find my way.

The only unknown was what toll the huge windstorm of the previous couple days had taken on the shore. 70+ mile per hour winds had raked this area for the previous 48 hours and I expected to find quite a bit of debris. As it turned out there was very little and the clouds even broke within minutes of stepping out. It's nice when a plan comes together!!

Also, in this journal, I'm trying something different. I have decided to include a series of videos in the album to help share a bit better what it is actually like out on the trail in these unique places. It's a work in progress and I'm not sure I like it yet, but hope you enjoy the added bonus!


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  45.964478, -85.687888


Mileage Hiked: 4.0 miles

Trailhead Temp: 45'F

Min. Elevation: 575'

Max Elevation: 600'