Monocle Lake Interpretive Trail

Area Status: Not Cleared

This 2 mile long trail begins in the picnic area of Monocle Lake Recreation Area. The first 1000 feet includes an elevated boardwalk with a wildlife viewing platform and meets the universal guidelines for accessibility. There are benches along the trail for resting. The trail becomes more rustic beyond the platform where 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! Because it is narrow and steep after the wildlife viewing platform, we do not recommend bicycle use on this trail.

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.



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Day Hiking

2 miles 

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
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