The Bruno's Run Hiking Trail offers a 10-mile loop ideal for hiking and mountain biking in spring, summer and fall and snowshoeing in winter. Although the trail is not groomed in winter for cross-country skiing, it does offer a suitable course for experienced skiers who prefer to break their own way.
Located about 11 miles south of M-28, Bruno's Run Trail may be reached from the north or the south via FH 13. The trail may be accessed from both Widewaters and Pete's Lake campgrounds as well as from FH 13 at Moccasin Lake and FR 2173 at Grassy Lake. Limited parking is available at each site.
The trail winds its way past a host of small lakes etched in this relatively young glacial plain, taking hikers, bicyclists, snowshoers and skiers over gently rolling country. Further along, the trail runs over foothills, along overlooks and through valleys. The many lakes and streams in the area and its variety of trees and other plants make it likely that those traveling the trail will spot wildlife or signs of their comings and goings. A few wildlife examples include pied-billed grebe, American bittern, coot, sandhill crane, northern harrier, osprey, Lincoln's sparrow, water shrew, eastern painted turtle, mink, masked shrew, southern bog lemming. Common flora includes cranberry, bog rosemary, iris, calla lilly, sweet gale, wild raisin, and wood lilly.
Permits are not required for camping along the trail or for camp fires.
Moccasin Lake to Pete's Lake Campground (1.36 miles) - Beginning at a scenic point overlooking Moccasin Lake, the trail moves east from FH 13 to the campground north of Pete's Lake.
Pete's Lake to McKeever Lake (1.35 miles) - The trail winds between Pete's Lake and Grassy Lake, generally following a route parallel to FR 2173.
McKeever Lake to FR 2258 (2.06 miles) - A small bridge allows crossing a stream south of McKeever Lake. Rolling hills on the western part of this segment provide some of the most scenic terrain on the trail. Dipper Lake and Wedge Lake may be viewed from overlooks along the way.
FR 2258 to Widewaters Campground (1.41 miles) - After crossing FH 13 and the Indian River, the trail runs northwest to Fish Lake, where a bridge provides a stream crossing near the campground.
Widewaters Campground to Moccasin Lake (1.12 miles) - This short segment includes rolling country that travels over an old logging grade and through a dense stand of mature hemlock called the "Hemlock Cathedral." The round trip ends at the trail access point at Moccasin Lake.
Directions: From Wetmore, MI, Travel H13 south about 10 - 12 miles to the Moccasin Lake Picnic Area found on the right (west) side of the highway. Trail heads both east and west from the lot.
This 10-mile route explores several forest types while venturing among a dozen lakes.
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