From the trailhead on County Road 65, the route leads south through mainly balsam fir, aspen, and white birch, with scattered spruce and jack pine and a plantation of young jack pine, red pine, and spruce. As it turns to the west, the trail enters a stand of aspen that shortly changes to balsam fir and jack pine. From there it enters a forest of immature pines, then spruces, and finally reaches the bridge over the Sturgeon River. In some years spring floods may wash this bridge off its foundation; call the Forest Service to make sure the bridge is in place before setting out on this hike.
On the west side of the river, after crossing the bridge, the trail continues south through balsam fir and white birch, and tall pine forests, and clearings overgrown with the saplings of birches and conifers that are about 15 feet tall. Eventually the trail comes to an area that was logged in 1996, followed by plantations of red pine. After a mile on the logging road, the route once again becomes a hiking and skiing trail that crosses a bridge over a small stream and then another over the Sturgeon River at the southern end of the loop. Exercise caution crossing bridges as they may have boards weakened by weathering and age.
The bridge over the Sturgeon River is a good spot to stop for lunch or a snack while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the rushing water. On the east side of the river, the route turns north to begin closing the circuit. After following the river for about 0.4 miles, the trail turns east away from the river and crosses a recently logged area and wanders through mature, mixed forests of aspen and balsam fir and stands of red pines. The trail crosses five small bridges in the last mile or so before completing the circuit at the northern bridge over the Sturgeon River. From there it’s 1.4 miles back to the trailhead.
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