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Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

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The Clark Mine Road, Copper Harbor, MI
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This is an old growth eastern forest

Kudos to the people who have worked to preserve this magnificent forest. It is an old growth... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
New Mexico
Estivant Pines, beautiful hike!

Great 1.2 mile hike in the woods, beautiful huge pines! Wear hiking shoes, some of the trail is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marquette, Michigan
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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..
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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
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The Clark Mine Road, Copper Harbor, MI
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Kudos to the people who have worked to preserve this magnificent forest. It is an old growth eastern forest. Don't go expecting redwoods or sequoias of the northwest US - these are eastern white pines, maple, yellow birch, oaks, hundreds of years old, and the...More

Thank SparkyEstonia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great 1.2 mile hike in the woods, beautiful huge pines! Wear hiking shoes, some of the trail is steep and a little muddy when we were there.

Thank Chrissk8s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible trail, not what we expected. My husband and myself spent our 25th wedding anniversary hiking in copper country. When reading about this trail after visiting Fort Wilkins we expected a flat simple hike but instead it was completely natural. They have cedar bridges to...More

Thank Susann D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We accidentally did this hike when our ferry was delayed four hours. What a great accident! I had not known about this old growth sanctuary, or that 35,000 acres of Porcupine Mountains State Park is old growth. So our trip to Isle Royale was enhanced...More

Thank midwesterner5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took one loop of b the hike. Free parking and enterance. Huge trees. Larger than you would expect to see. Flat hike but narrow path. Not too much side by side walking but not totally narrow. Wooden platform bridges in spots where swamppy. Worth the...More

Thank Paul P
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The big draw here is the one part of the trail that goes by some of the oldest white pine trees on the planet. White pines don't get huge like sequias or redwoods. But this is still truly a great easy hike.

Thank MJSpock
Reviewed 25 July 2017

The trail is very challenging, hilly and dangerous in several stretches. This is not a leisurely stroll kind of place. Be in at least average shape to attempt. A lot of steep hills and exposed tree roots to trip you up, which made enjoying the...More

Thank Roberta B
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We traveled to find Clark's Mine and found the Pine Sanctuary. We did not hike it as we were not prepared. Looks like hiking shoes and water should be taken on the trail. The trail is marked clearly.

Thank JerryLynn M
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We didn't think it was that special. The pines are big and there are many, but they are sort of spread throughout a 2 mile trail. There were a lot of mosquitos up there. There are signs along the roads in case you're not sure...More

Thank Experiencemattn
Reviewed 20 July 2017

It was a little hard to find the start of the trail, but some fellow campers gave us pretty good directions. My family and I spent about 2 hours hiking here one morning. The kids are 13, 11 and 8 and had no troubles. It...More

Thank aschindel17
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Scott S
18 September 2017|
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Response from Chrissk8s | Reviewed this property |
When I was there, I did not see any signs posted regarding dogs. There were people there with dogs on a leash on the trail.
Brittany R
9 March 2017|
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Response from Catherine M | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any dogs when we were there
23 July 2015|
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Response from Geojourneyman | Reviewed this property |
I would say no problem as long as you get there early in the day so you can choose your spot to park. Depending on how large your motor home is.... you will need to be patient about getting back out as well.