This will be an intermediate trip to the Manistee National Forest, where we will hike a North Country Trail - Manistee River Trail loop.
This trip is for experienced backpackers who are interested in the challenge of hiking longer distances. Participants must have completed a beginner bootcamp or have sufficient recent backpacking experience to know what they are doing, including how to use their gear and the principles of Leave No Trace backpacking.
This trip will leave Chicagoland on Friday evening. We will car camp Friday night. Saturday we will hit the trail and hike the entire segment of the North Country Trail and probably part of the Manistee River Trail so that we can camp along the Manistee River Trail. On Sunday we will hike back to the cars and drive home. Total distance is around 20 miles and we will probably do somewhat more than half on Saturday. Booyah.
A couple of other notes:
1. Carpool arrangements will be made by the organizers. No need to solicit rides.
2. Only group members may attend. +1 add-ons are not permitted as we have a limited number of attendees that is determined by park regulations and organizers' abilities to safely lead a group of a specific size. If you have a friend that wishes to attend, please have him or her join the group and add themselves to the list.
3. Dogs, minors, or other dependents are not permitted on this trip.
4. If you have any questions, please ask Nadia or Hui.