Ninemile Lake Campground.
0. 0 The hike begins across County Road 7 from the campground entrance. If you are not staying at the campground, you will find parking near the boat ramp. The trail ascends gradually from the start through a forest of white birch, maple, and balsam fir.
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In about 455 feet continue straight ahead across a snowmobile trail going right and left.
0. 2 Pass an overgrown trail on the left.
0. 3 Bear right, passing an unmarked trail on the left.
0. 4 Intersection with the snowmobile trail again; turn right and follow it for about 20 feet and then bear left as the snowmobile trail continues to the right. The trail ascends a ridge, makes a sharp turn to the right, and continues to ascend gradually along the ridge with a valley on the right.
0. 6 An overlook on the right provides limited views of the valley.
The trail begins to descend gradually beyond this point.
0. 7 Trail intersection beginning the circuit portion of this hike; turn right and descend into the valley. White birches and balsam firs become more common and the maples less frequent.
0. 9 Cross a bridge over a small stream flowing into a beaver pond on the right. Afterwards, the trail ascends gradually onto a broad, maple-forested ridge. Notice the birches growing in clumps around the remains of old stumps. The hiking through this open maple forest is pleasant, like a walk through a city park.
1. 9 The trail turns north.
2. 3 The trail begins to bear in a westerly direction and shortly begins a gradual descent.
2. 5 A small pond comes into view through the trees on the left.
2. 9 Cross a small stream on a three-board bridge. The trail is rocky at this point. Eventually it bears right, ascends a ridge, and travels back into maples once again.
3. 5 Trail intersection completing the circuit portion of this hike. Continue straight ahead passing the trail on the left that began the circuit.
3. 7 Pass the overlook on the left.
3. 9 Intersection with the snowmobile trail. Follow it for about 20 feet and then bear left onto the hiking trail.
4. 2 Cross the snowmobile trail for last time.
4. 3 Reach County Road 7 and the trailhead.