NOTE: Sorry, there are no refunds for this trip, but you can "sell you spot" to someone.
There is a pre-trip meeting Tuesday, Aug. 20. See separately-listed meetup event. IMPORTANT: If you can't make the meeting, you must e-mail me.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is by far the most beautiful place in Michigan!
This is well worth taking most of a week to hike and see it all. It's a 42-mile hike but we're only doing 6 to 9 miles each day. This allows plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery, not just focus on reaching the destination as quickly as possible. We'll cover several different types of terrain as we progress. There are some hilly parts, and 200' sand dunes to climb. I guarantee you'll be tired enough to sleep well every night.
It's a deservedly popular hike. I reserved the group campsites back in March. The end of August was the earliest they were available!
*Note: the campsites are limited to 20. It's cross-posted on both MAC and AAAC. Check both to read comments and see who is attending.
**Please join if you are prepared, equipped, committed, and willing to bring cash. $30 will cover the campsite reservation fee, your backcountry permits ($5 per night x 5 nights), and a couple bucks to pay meetup dues. This doesn't cover camping fees for Saturday or optional motel rooms on Friday. NOTE: Sorry, there are no refunds for this trip, but you can "sell you spot" to someone.
Links to prepay through MAC or AAAC
(For internal use - who paid me)
It's important to hike as a group in case someone needs help for any reason, so please do not march on obliviously. We'll designate a sweeper, and wait for them to catch up and give a go-ahead sign every mile or so. There are no roads and cell phones probably won't work, the only help we'll have is each other. We'll talk about contingencies at the pre-meeting.
Prerequisites - this should not be your first real backpacking trip!
It's also important to:
1) Figure out how much weight you are able to carry on a long hike.
2) Scrounge together all the gear you need and keep it all under your weight limit, including food for 5+ days and water.
3) Complete several long practice hikes or backpacking trips with the same footwear and fully-loaded pack you will use for this trip.
4) Practice camping overnight to test your sleeping system. This isn't a good time to discover your air pad has a slow leak!
Saturday, August 24th – meet near Plymouth, convoy up and car camp
Sunday – strike camp, drop all gear at Munising Falls trailhead, shuttle most of the cars to Grand Marais
Return to Munising Falls, 6.4 mile hike to Cliffs G (no water)
Monday – 5.6 mile hike to Mosquito River G (no fires)
Tuesday – 7.2 mile hike to Coves G
Wednesday – 8.8 mile hike to Sevenmile Creek G
Thursday – 7.3 mile hike to Au Sable Point East G
Friday – 7.1 mile hike to Grand Sable Visitor Center
collect rest of cars from Munising
optional - check into a motel, celebrate with beer and pizza.
Saturday the 31st, check out, maybe explore Grand Marais and St. Ignace on the way home.
For first Saturday night:
Island Lake Campground $16 http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hiawatha/recarea/?recid=13285
Hovey Lake Campground -- No Fee http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/hiawatha/recarea/?recid=13318
REI has a checklist of what you need:
Any questions are welcome. We’ll have a meeting a week or two before this trip to work out final details, probably combined with a practice hike. One thing to figure out the logistics of getting cars to the right place before we start hiking (or we could use the shuttle service). There is a place near the midpoint where we could leave a car, in case someone needs to go on a beer run or something :-)
Gas for your car may be your biggest expense so it's important to arrange carpooling and take as few vehicles as possible. We'll figure this out a few days before the event. I'll suggest a place near Plymouth where we can leave extra cars.
More info: http://www.nps.gov/piro/planyourvisit/upload/BackcountryPlanner2013.pdf