Camp Arcadia Trail at the C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

A weekend in northwest Michigan brought me to my first new (to me) trail of the year, the Camp Arcadia Trail, part of the C.S. Mott Nature Preserve. Accessed from St. Pierre road where M22 takes a hard turn near Inspiration Point, the beginning section of the trail is part of a much larger "Dry Hills Trail" that will take you quite a ways to the west - I'm not sure you're still in Michigan, it's that long.

The hike was done on a warm January day. Yes, those sometimes occur. By warm, I mean about 40 degrees - practically shorts weather. The trail was mostly snow, with some icy patches that required careful navigation in order to avoid a wrenched back. I'm pleased to report that no back was injured on the hike.

The trail mostly winds through deciduous forests, with a fair about going through fields and a smidgeon (technical term) edging along a stand of pines. I had the place to myself, which is the way I like it. Rarely were there straight sections on the trails, with lots of curves and switchbacks.

The signs at the beginning at the trails said that the southernmost section I was traveling on was the easy section, and I found that to be true. The trail was mostly flat, the only challenge was the aforementioned patches of ice. If you seek a relative easy trail, this is a good candidate.