We hiked in Estivant Pines in July 2011 while camping nearby. We were there during the week when the temperatures were in the mid 90's in Hancock so it was warmer than a typical hiking trip in the UP. The trees were beautiful and there were some birds to be seen but we didn't see manyanimals. I'm sure the heat and the fact that it was in the moddle of the day contributed to us not seeing animals. I highly recommend getting out and taking a hike in Estivant Pines.