This trail is the first turnoff to the left from the Red Trail. It climbs moderately steeply up the hill and emerges on the road to the upper picnic area, at the end of the Green Trail. Turn left on the road and continue into the grassy area. Before reaching the historic marker the trail exits the grassy area to the right, and goes into the woods. Reach a fork. Continuing straight takes you to a bench with an overlook of Hamlin Lake (better view in winter). The right fork will switchback down to the parking area and emerge on the east side of the latrine.
Access- Via Victory Park Road off Fountain Road. Park at the beach, or at the top of the hill in the upper park. The road to the upper park is bad in wet weather, but should be fine under dry conditions.
Restrictions- Private land on both sides of the park.
Distance and time- about a mile to walk outbound on the trail and return to the shore via the road. Add a little more for side trips up the valleys and to the upper park. Mileages were measured on a topographic map and/ or verified by pacing, at which I am fairly accurate.
Trail Markers- plastic arrows on wooden posts with the trail colors and some painted signs.
Condition of Marking- Good, with two problems. The Red Trail is marked as both straight ahead, and to the left where it turns off the old road. The Blue Trail, if you climb from east of the latrines is marked straight ahead where it makes the switchback, and this is confusing.
Treadway- level old road for Red Trail, fairly stable footing with a few roots. Green and Blue Trails climb up valleys with steeper grades and less defined treadway.
Grades- Red Trail flat, moderate climb up the hill on the Green Trail, while the Blue Trail is fairly steep.
Ecosystem- freshwater lake, steep hillside in maple-beech-hemlock woods, with scattered white cedar and wetland on lower side
Other points of interest-
Monument to residents of Victory Township who died in WWI and WWII is located at the upper park on top of the hill.
Most recent date this info personally checked on foot- August 2014
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Hamlin Lake Beach- nice picnic pavillion with 6 tables, several grills
Hilltop- one bench
Playground- swings, sandbox, open field
Historic Site- Monument to residents of Victory Township who died in WWI and WWII is located at the upper park on top of the hill.
swimming allowed in Hamlin Lake, no actual beach. There is a short dock made of recycled plastic, separate from the boat launch dock, which could be used for swimming access.
Rest Rooms- porta potty at beach
Potable Water- none
Access- via Victory Park Road off Fountain Road. Park at the beach.
Restrictions- no camping.
Seasonality- open all year if the road is plowed
Ecosystem- Large inland lake subject to high waves. Wooded.
Most recent date this info personally checked - August 2014
Additional Facilities- benches at several locations on trails
Maintained by- Victory Township.
More- Michigan DNR Mason County Lakes