Trail Alert: Warner Creek Pathway, MI

Michigan Map MI-06 Cedar Creek Road to Charlevoix just hiked last week I ran in to a problem after crossing Jordan river road the second time heading to M-32 on th warner creek pathway – the lake has flooded over and preety much knocked the trail right out. Couldn’t get through and had to back track to Jordan River Road and than to US-131 until I found the trail again.

-Arthur L.

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  1. Peggy Jones October 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    As of Sept. 12 2011:

    Tittabawassee NCTA Chapter volunteers completed a well marked detour around O’Brien’s Pond (between Jordan River Road and Warner Creek Pathway) since the beavers are still winning the battle for the trail. I believe it follows Jordan Valley Rd. north and east to a 2 track on the east end of the Pond. The 2 track connects to Warner Creek Pathway on the north side of O’Brien’s Pond. I’ll ask someone who worked on the reroute to post route and mileage details. The work day photos on Facebook show clear signage for the detour. Hope you have dry boots next time you pass through this section!

  2. Duane Lawton October 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    We (Tittabawassee Chapter NCTA) have declared that trail section impassable due to the beaver problem. We have posted a detour which skirts O’Brien Pond to the East and imvolves an additional road walk on Jordan River Road. It probably adds one mile…

  3. Kurt Roland December 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Does anyone know if anything is going to done about the beaver at O’Brien Pond. I use the Warner Creek loop several times a week during the winter for xc skiing. I hiked the trail on December 4th and about 200 yards of the trail on the north side of the pond is knee deep in water. Last year it was starting to flood but was still passable. It doesn’t look like it this year, unless it is really cold without any thaws.

    • Peg Jones January 6, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Michigan DNR staff in the Gaylord and Bellaire offices are aware of the problem and were considering trapping the beavers this winter. DNR may need to evaluate additional rerouting to higher ground on the north end of the pond next year. The NCT detour bypasses this section which means the DNR has primary responsibility to address the flooding on the N side of the pond because it is on the portion of Warner Creek Pathway that the NCT no longer shares. (Last summer Tittabawassee NCTA and Friends of the Jordan members provided volunteer maintenance assistance for the non-shared portion of the Jordan River Pathway at the request of the DNR. We would probably offer assistance if DNR decides to reroute this section to higher ground.)

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