East of Vanderbilt in the Pigeon River Country State Forest, the popular Shingle Mill Pathway begins at the Pigeon Bridge Campground located just off Sturgeon Valley Road about eleven miles east of the village of Vanderbilt. Heading northeast along the east bank of the Pigeon River, the trail actually branches off into five separate segments of different lengths, ranging from short 0.75 mile and 1.25 mile strolls to 6, 10, and 12 mile excursions, the latter three crossing to the west bank of the river at the Pigeon River Campground, and eventually bringing the hiker or skier back to the Pigeon River Bridge on Sturgeon Valley Road.
Cross-country skiers should be aware that the terrain becomes increasingly challenging as the length of the selected loop increases, with the 10 and 12 mile loops involving some steeper hills.
Keep in mind that all the trails are ungroomed.
To reach the trailhead from the intersection of Elm St. and Sturgeon Valley Rd. in Vanderbilt, go east on Sturgeon Valley Rd. for 10.2 miles. Parking is on the right (south) side of the road and the trail is on the left (north) side of the road.
Overall, Shingle Mill Pathway is the 17th most popular cross country ski area of all 49 Nordic ski destinations in Michigan.