It has been a wet, cloudy weekend, but the fall colors have been spectacular. We were able to get out for a 2+ mile hike late this morning at the Brown Bridge Quiet Area along the Boardman River outside Traverse City. The river was once dammed up, but the dams were removed a few years ago. The resulting river meanders through this area with several trails wonderful for hiking.
We started at the trailhead off Ranch Rudolf Rd near marker 13. We hiked to number 11 and down the 200+ steps to the river level. We headed east and followed the trail staying close to the river. There were a few ponds with reflections of the fall color.
The river wind its way along mixed forests with brilliant colors.
We hiked a nice loop and headed back up another set of steps to the top. There was a viewing platform that offered a great view of the river and what was once the lake.
We have hiked in this area before and will return. It is easy to get to from Traverse City. I hope you can check it out sometime.