Monocle Lake Interpretive Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared

Monocle Lake Interpretive Trail is considered an easy to intermediate 2-mile long hike surrounded by beauty and wildlife.

  • Park in the large, paved parking area, then head east toward the boat launch.
  • From the boat launch take in the beauty of Monocle Lake and the sea of trees that line it.
  • The trail begins in Monocle Lake Recreation Area by the picnic tables off Monocle Lake.

Accessibility at Monocle Lake:

  • The first 1,000 feet includes an elevated boardwalk.
  • A wildlife viewing platform meets the universal guidelines for accessibility.
  • This is a great place to connect with nature.
  • Benches for resting along the trail make this a good option for people with low stamina.

Scenic Hiking Along Ancient Bluffs:

  • Beyond the viewing platform,  Moncole Lake Interpretive Trail becomes more rustic as it follows the Monocle Lake shoreline.
  • A scenic loop leads to a bluff climbing and descending more than 200 feet in elevation.
  • These bluffs are the old Lake Superior shoreline of 10,000 years ago!
  • In the Fall, this area is especially beautiful. Be sure to add it to your Upper Peninsula color tour!

Bicycles Not Recommended:

Because the trail is narrow and steep after the wildlife viewing platform, we do not recommend bicycle use.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is not groomed in winter.
Open Season: January - December
Closest Towns: Brimley

General Information


From the intersection of M-28 and I-75 drive 7.5 miles west on M-28 to M-221/Brimley. Turn right (north) and drive 2.5 miles on M-221 to Lake Shore Drive (Forest Highway 42). Turn left (west on Lake Shore Drive and drive 6 miles to FR 3699. Turn left (west) on FR 3699 and drive 1 mile to Monocle Lake.


Day Hiking

2 miles 

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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