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Pine Grove
Creek Trail

 

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The Pine Grove Creek Trail is an old trail in Moose River Plains Wild Forest. It travels from the main Lost Ponds Trail to the headwaters of Pine Grove Creek. The trail has become overgrown and is very difficult to hike. This is not a trail for novice hikers.

The trail is located off the Lost Ponds Trail in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. The side road to Lost Ponds is located 11.4 miles west of Wakely Dam at Cedar River Flow. From the end of the Lost Ponds side road pass the gate to start this hike. You are following the Lost Ponds Trail.

At 0.1 miles the trail crosses over large logs that is actually a bridge over a small stream. If you look close you'll see the water moving below.  From here the trail ascends ever so gently until you reach an unmarked herd path on your right at 0.4 miles just before reaching a clearing also on the right which was for campsite #46.  If you look in the back trees you can still see the campsite number in the tree.

The herd path before campsite #46 is the Stillwater Trail.  Unmarked, but fairly easy to follow, it leads 0.1 miles to a spot overlooking the remains of an old dam and the Stillwater of Sumner Stream.  A few hundred feet from old campsite #46 you'll cross the swift moving Sumner Stream on a wooden bridge.  You should've heard the roar of the stream by the time you reached campsite #46.  After crossing the stream you'll come to a fork in the trail.  The well worn trail on the left leads 0.2 miles to an old campsite with a picnic table overlooking Lost Ponds.

At 0.8 miles there is a muddy access toward the pond on the left through blow down. Soon on your right you'll see the trace of another old road. This blow down choked, no longer maintained trail is the old Pine Grove Creek Trail. The old road once lead to the headwaters of Pine Grove Creek. When I attempted to explore this trail in October 2010 with my dog Scrappy, we had to turn back because it was too difficult to move with a dog on a leash through the thick underbrush and blow downs. We are unsure of the challenges that lie ahead for anyone wishing to bushwhack the old road. It is over two miles to reach the headwaters of Pine Grove Creek.

The Pine Grove Creek Trail is the trail that branches off the right of the Lost Ponds Trail (Trail #89) on the map below.

 

Sign along main Moose-Cedar River Road for Lost Ponds Trailhead

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