On Saturday, June 14, 2014, I ran the Manistee River Trail (MRT) from the Seaton Creek Campground and connected it with the North Country Trail (NCT) to complete the 23 mile loop in 3:33:01. Unfortunately, my Garmin died the night before, so I just used my stop watch. Below is a link to a trail map and my splits. It's a very scenic trail, I haven't found anyone who has run it, but it's a popular backpacking loop. I highly recommend it as a moderately challenging trail run to anyone in the area or passing through. I hope to be back someday to lower the time or to challenge someone else who has lowered it already. www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-profile/3/127/ Seaton Creek Campground to Suspension Bridge (1.4 miles): 11:33 Suspension Bridge to Red Bridge via MRT (9.6 miles): 1:26:49 (1:38:22) Red Bridge to Suspension Bridge via NCT (10.6 miles): 1:39:20 (3:17:42 Suspension Bridge to Seaton Creek Campground (1.4 miles): 15:19 (3:33:01)
We run this route (except for the spur to Seaton Creek Campground) every year in the fall (Mid October). It is more of a fun run, and we take a pretty easy pace, stopping a lot to enjoy the sites. Check out Michigan Trail Runners group on facebook, we usually post up there.
I'm thinking of doing this route next Sunday after I do the 50M Ultra at North Country... but it will be more of a recovery run. This would be a fun route to do a FKT!