• Looking out at the lake

    Sleeping Bear Dunes

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Platte Plains Trail

Distance

Several loops totaling 14.7 miles

Terrain

Mostly flat. Some short, steep hills on the Lasso Loop and some moderate hills along the intermediate level ski trail segments

Vegetation

Primarily pine-oak-aspen woods with some open fields and pine plantation

Comments

Three views of Lake Michigan

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Platte Plains Trail Map
Platte Plains Trail Map
NPS Map 2006
 
Platte Planes Trail

Platte Plains trail from Otter Creek toward Otter Lake.

Kerry Kelly 2007

The Platte Plains trail system has about 15 miles of trails through the maple-beech and pine forest that gives the hiker access to Otter Creek, Otter Lake, and Bass Lake. There area also several access points to Lake Michigan. Part of the trail follows a 2-track road from Esch Road and Otter Creek.
 
Otter Creek from the Trail looking downstream.

View of Otter Creek from the Platte Plains trail near the trailhead.

Kerry Kelly 2007

Otter Creek is the home of an abundance of wildlife including otters, fish, and a variety of birds and waterfowl.
 
Otter Lake

View of Otter Lake from Platte Plains Trail

Kerry Kelly 2007

Otter Lake is a beautiful home for wildlife. There are several access points to view or reach Otter Lake.
 
Bass Lake Dock

Bass Lake Dock at Trail's End Rd.

Kerry Kelly 2007

Put your canoe or kayak into Bass Lake at the trailhead at the end of Trail's End Rd. There is a vault toilet and little dock.

 

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