Scale is 0 to 4.
- Time of Year Visited: October
- View: 2.5 – Lots of trees and the river.
- Water: 4 – You’re on a river
- Accessibility: 4 – This spot is near the suspension foot bridge at the north end, so you’re less than two miles from the Marilla Trailhead or less than a mile from the Seaton Creek Campground.
- Solitude: 2 – Accessibility often means lots of nearby traffic, but this is a little insulated from the main trail and if you go at the right time you shouldn’t see many passers by.
- Comfort: 3 – Soft and shaded if you decide to camp beneath the pines.
- Coolness: 1.5 – There’s something about the sound of rolling water as you drift off to sleep.
Of Note: The Manistee River Trail begins near Mesick, MI and follows the river south, running along its eastern banks. Bring your fishing pole. At the south end you can use the Red Bridge to cross the river and join the North Country Trail. Turn north and hike above the river and back to where you started for a nice weekend loop. I camped here in October in a summer sleeping back and woke up at 3 am to rub some feeling back into my toes.