The Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, known to the Maasai people as 'Mountain of God', towers over the southern shore of Lake Natron in the village of Engare Sero.
Researchers positioned five sensors around the volcano in 2016 to monitor its activity and risk of eruption.
A parallel equestrian trail may be built in the future. It was closed for remediation of contamination problems caused in the cement making process dating back to the days when the Bay Harbor area was a large cement-making plant.
The “dedicated” and measured portion of the trail begins at US 31 and includes 3 miles of asphalt and .6 miles of boardwalk through a wetland.The trail closely follows US 31 and Lake Michigan much of the way and there are many good lake views.The “Bike Path”, as it is locally called, runs 26 miles from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.The trail is mostly dedicated and paved in asphalt.And it is also close to a spot where 400 human footprints from 19,000 years ago have been found by scientists.
Researchers studying the tremors of the volcano have now warned it may erupt 'any second', destroying the invaluable sites forever.
This new trail replaces the “road shoulder “segment that had forced users to ride along US 31.
Distance: 26 Miles Trail Surface: Asphalt Horses: Not Permitted Snowmobiles: Not Permitted Symbols T= Trailhead P= Parking R= Restrooms A= Amenities The trailhead is located at the Charlevoix Township Hall 0.50 miles from US 31 on Waller Road where parking and restrooms are available.
There are plenty of picnic tables available to eat your lunch or just enjoy the ambiance of the scene.
To the east the area around Nine Mile Point is especially scenic and there are other good places to enjoy the view.
Trail users can go into the city by following Waller Road west and Mc Sauba Road east to Division Road.