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Glen Lake - Hiking

Vermont, United States

By lydia.crawford

Glen Lake Statistics


9 KM

Estimated Time

24 hours

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Glen Lake is a lake located in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan, near Lake Michigan. Several villages and hamlets lie along or near its shore, including Burdickville, Glen Arbor, and Glen Haven. The lake actually consists of two large bodies of water connected by a narrow channel crossed by the State Route 22 bridge, with the larger body to the east being referred to as "Big Glen Lake" and the smaller body to the west as "Little Glen Lake". The two bodies, collectively referred to as Glen Lake, are at the same level and hydrologically similar. The total surface area of the two bodies are 4,871 acres (20 km2) and 1,415 acres (6 km2), with maximum depths of 130 feet (40 m) and 13 ft (4 m) respectively. There was a point in time when the lakes were actually the same depth, but sand blown from the adjacent Sleeping Bear Dunes is slowly filling in Little Glen. Big Glen Lake is nearly perfectly round, while Little Glen is more elongated. The lakes empty into Lake Michigan via the shallow Crystal River which winds through Glen Arbor. The lake is located in a spectacular setting of wooded rolling sand hills just east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, centered at 44°52′N 85°57′W. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the Great Lakes region. Its waters, filtered by the underlying and surrounding sands, are remarkably clear and pure, and glow with an iridescent indigo blue. Its beauty, purity, and lack of large waves make it a popular lake for vacationers, with opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing. Sportfish present include yellow perch, smallmouth bass, northern pike, brown trout, and lake trout. The many trails, roads, and elevations in the area make Glen Lake a popular destination for running training. At the end of August, many colleges and high schools send students from athletic programs to the Glen Lake area for training, including the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. According to local legend, Glen Lake was recognized as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic Magazine. Although the National Geographic Society denies ever publishing such a ranking, the assertion dates back to at least 1936.

The Glen Lake is a beautiful and serene place to visit in Vermont. It's the perfect spot for a peaceful hike or a relaxing picnic lunch. The lake is surrounded by lush green forest, and the views are simply stunning. If you're looking for a quiet and peaceful escape, the Glen Lake is definitely worth checking out.

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What are the coordinates and address of Glen Lake?

Glen Lake
Glen Lake, Vermont 05743, USA

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Starting Point

The Glen Lake trails are located in the town of Bolton, Vermont. To get to the start of the trails, take exit 8 off of I-89 and head east on VT-11. The trailhead is located at the end of VT-11.

Why visit Glen Lake

The Glen Lake in Vermont is a beautiful place to visit. The lake is surrounded by the Green Mountains, which makes for a stunning backdrop. The lake is also a great place for fishing, swimming, and boating. There are several campgrounds and hiking trails in the area, making it the perfect place to spend a weekend getaway.

Is Glen Lake in Vermont a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question since what may be a good place for one family may not be ideal for another. However, Glen Lake in Vermont is a beautiful place with plenty of activities and natural scenery that could make it a great destination for a family vacation.

Things not to be missed

Near Glen Lake in Vermont, there are many great activities and attractions to enjoy. Some of the best include hiking and biking on the scenic trails, swimming and fishing in the lake, and visiting the nearby towns for shopping and dining. There are also several historic sites and parks in the area that are worth exploring.

-Hiking: There are a number of hiking trails in the area, including the popular Glen Lake Trail. This trail is a moderate hike that leads to the beautiful Glen Lake.

-Fishing: Glen Lake is a great spot for fishing, with plenty of trout and bass waiting to be caught.

-Boating: Glen Lake is a great spot for boating, with plenty of room to explore.

-Swimming: The clear waters of Glen Lake make it a perfect spot for swimming.

Where to eat?

1. The Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont

2. Hen of the Wood in Burlington, Vermont

3. Doc Ponds in Stowe, Vermont

4. The Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, Vermont

5. Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont

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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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