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Jul 06 2022

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 Joined Mar 11 2002
 Gilbert, AZ
Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial PathwayEastern, MI
Eastern, MI
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2022
VashtiTriplogs 177
Hiking7.13 Miles 335 AEG
Hiking7.13 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.89 mph
335 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
1st trip
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A delightful adventure walking a green wooded wonderland. No elevation to speak of made for a nice hike with my kids. The path meanders within view of the river, and there is one bridge crossing that you do twice that was a bit muddy, but not too bad.

The highlight and lowlight of the trip were at the same point... At the furthest point from the parking lot, there is a number of large boulders that are next to the road. The intent being to prevent snowmobiles from using the trail. There are also a couple of signs posted to this effect. Given that this was the halfway point, we decided to sit on these large rocks, situated in long grass, to have a snack. The highlight was discovering the multitude of wild Blueberries which we were able to pick and eat. Yum!! The low light was discovering the multitude of ticks that were on our legs when we got up! :(. Grossness! Suddenly, my kids did not want to be out there anymore. We were all in shorts. We brushed off the vermin and were on our way.

As we did the loop (more of an 8 given the same bridge crossing twice) clockwise, our return trip was through a spacious lodge pole pine forest. So beautiful (except for the resulting tick paranoia. We did have to keep watch and brush off a few more on the way back). The way to the big rocks was mainly dense deciduous forest near the river. Lots of ferns.

We were going to do the entire loop, but ended up skipping a 0.7 mile extra section due to my kids extreme tick paranoia.

Ocqueoc falls is right by the parking lot, with paved access. As soon as you depart the swimming falls area, there are almost no people on the trail. I think we saw 2 groups of 2 people. A nice trail! Just wear pants and bug repellent! I can only imagine the game in the area. They are likely tormented by ticks. A local told me that while there were no ticks in the area 8 years ago, now every place has them. Sad.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Indian Creek Medium flow Medium flow

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Lots of water flowing

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Lots of water! And lots of people swimming in it!
Jun 28 2018

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Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial PathwayEastern, MI
Eastern, MI
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2018
FOTGTriplogs 949
Hiking4.04 Miles 275 AEG
Hiking4.04 Miles
275 ft AEG
1st trip
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After two days of camping in the U.P., we headed below the bridge to see the only recognized waterfalls in Michigan's lower peninsula. The falls can be reached very easily via a paved pathway. The falls are really no more than some nice rapids, but the swimming at them is terrific and fun. After some time playing in the water, we continued on to the Bicentennial Pathway Trail.

I hiked a little four mile lasso loop and my sister and mom opted for a two mile stroll along the river with the kids. The trail offered a pleasant little hike through a very green and healthy forest of hardwoods and pines. I really enjoyed the stroll and the nostalgia it elicited. I also enjoyed the little break from my energetic niece and nephew.
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