Shale Beach Shortcut

Drummond Island, Michigan (Chippewa County)

Last Updated: 08/04/2022
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Highlight: Shale Beach Shortcut
On the south-eastern side of the island, wet weather and seasonal flooding inundate the Shale Beach Shortcut with water. Time and traffic, combined with the regular flooding, have created "Tank Traps," holes large enough to swallow a vehicle. These flooded holes can make it a long day . Get your winch ready and head out here to see if you can get through without using it.


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The trailhead is on the eastern side of East Marblehead Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Drummond Island, Michigan

From the Drummond Island Visitor Center, drive south on South Townline Road towards M-134 W for 125 feet. Turn left onto E Johnswood Road and follow for 7 miles. Turn left onto Kreaton Road for 0.7 miles to Glen Cove Road and turn right. Travel for 6.7 miles to Marblehead Road. Take Marblehead Road to Waypoint 9 at 3.6 miles to the trailhead for Stone's Throw. Follow that for 0.8 miles to the trailhead.



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JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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