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“It’s a nice walk in the woods not much more than that” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary
The Clark Mine Road, Copper Harbor, MI
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: A 508-acre sanctuary of rare old-growth white pines. 2.5 miles of hiking trails (no wheeled vehicles). A moderate hike; accessible for families and couples. Steep hills, whisper quiet, and beautiful..
Michigan
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“It’s a nice walk in the woods not much more than that”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

You will see bigger trees at Hartwick pines with less hassle to get to them. from the parking lot it will be a 10 min hike until you see your fist tree and it won’t be as big as you will think it should be, I hiked all the trails and did not see anything I have not seen before, It is a nice hike if that is what you want.

Visited September 2013
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Fall Creek
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“Large pine trees”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We had a nice walk through the trees. They are very large trees for the Midwest but nothing like California Redwoods. We were impressed by the information board with cut tree ring at the beginning of the trail.

Visited September 2013
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Escanaba
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“Good hiking/athletic shoes required”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

The trails can be steep & rocky at some points. It's a beautiful hike though! Used to be hard to find. Just follow the road past Lake Fanny Hooe Resort, past Manganese Falls, and keep going a bit til you see the signs.

Visited September 2013
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“Towering Pines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I can't even begin to imagine what it takes to build a trail like this and then keep it up. Boardwalks, signage are all in place and really add to the experience. It's a special "gotta see" place and well worth the drive from Copper Harbor.

Visited May 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Size doesn't matter”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The biggest pines I saw here were not even close to the size of redwoods I've seen on the West Coast. But they're still pretty big and worth the roads and trails to see them.

There are two problems with the roads. The roads are confusing and they're rough. There a lot of logging paths that create some moments of confusion as to which way to go. I noticed that each intersection has a small sign someplace that points the way. Keep an eye out for the signs, sometimes just noticed as "EP" with an arrow. If you're not sure, then just look for the road that looks like the "main" road. You'll be able to tell.

The roads are rough and there are holes and bumps. I have a large 4-wheel drive. I didn't need to use 4-wheel, but I did go through some holes even though I was trying to dodge them. I saw plenty of regular cars out there, so they can make it. Just go slow over the bumps and you'll be fine. There really aren't that many places that are bad.

The hiking trail is what I would call easy. It might be considered moderate to some, but only for uneven terrain and some uphill. The trails are well marked and there's some signs with maps. Interestingly, the maps are not at the trail head, but about a tenth of a mile up the trail. The trails are circular and about a mile each.

So the roads can be beat and the trail is relatively easy. It's a nice walk in the woods and the trees are pretty spectacular even if they're not the biggest. The size of the trees doesn't matter. Just go and enjoy the hike.

There is a spur trail off the main trail, which can be seen as a figure eight. It's marked and has warnings about being a more experienced hiker to go on the trail. I really wanted to go, but decided against it because I was alone. Next time I go, I'll be prepared for that spur.

Visited September 2013
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