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Clay Cliffs Natural Area


Clay Cliffs Natural Area is another one of those wonderful Leelanau Conservancy preserves that is small, easy to hike and has a trail system that leads to a stunning view of Lake Michigan. Wedged between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau with shoreline on both, the 104.5-acre tract contains less than 1.6 miles of trail yet in that short distance you skirt towering bluffs, enjoy two stunning panoramas and in the spring are greeted by a palette of wildflowers. The preserve’s trail system is basically a loop with a crossover spur. Though this hike is only 1.5 miles it does involve a steady climb of almost 150 feet in elevation and an almost equally long descent. For this reason, the preferred mode of transportation in the winter are snowshoes. This map, produced by, includes: --10-foot contour lines --Location of all the hiking trails --Icons for all trail posts at junctions and viewing areas. --Mileage flags marking the 1.6-mile loop from the trailhead. Along with photos, you can get a mile-by-mile description of the trail from at

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Primary Category: Recreation

Secondary Categorization: Parks, Skiing

Published: 2020

Language: English

Size: 702.5 KB

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