Monocle Lake Interpretive Trail
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|
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.
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|