We are going to do a section of the Waterloo-Pinckney that is a tougher section with lots of hills (bring your walking sticks & trekking poles). We will be hiking at a moderate pace for about three hours, the mileage will depend upon trail conditions. We should be done by about 5:30 with enough time for you to get home for dinner or follow myself and others to a local restaurant for food, drinks and good company.
The Meeting Place:
This hike shall take place in Waterloo Recreational Area northwest of Chelsea. We will be meeting in the grassy area on the south side of McClure just across from the headquarters. There are a few parking spots (about 8) there but we also have permission to park in the employee area just east of the headquarters- where the garages are. Also, if you can please try to car pool.
Click here for the satellite map of the area which shows the headquarters and the parking around it.
Click here for a map of Waterloo Rec. Note, the meeting place is near the southeastish end of this map on McClure Road just west of Ridge Road. The headquarters is mostly north and slightly west of I-94 exit 156 (Kalmbach Road). There are scattered signs for the headquarters when you get off the exit but make sure you have a map of the area.
Do not go to the Discovery Center or simply type in Waterloo rec in your GPS. You will go to the wrong place and be summarily mocked. The mocking technique we are currently employing is: point-and-laugh.
Pets are allowed.
Bring snacks and water.
You do need a recreational passport on your license or they might charge you $11 (which is the cost of a passport). That is, if someone is manning the gates which is unlikely.
Afterwards: Smokehouse 52 BBQ in Chelsea. 125 S. Main Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118 It is right in downtown off of M-52, north of I-94. They have some vegetarian friendly dishes and a whole gluten free menu upon request. They also serve your typical bar drinks and beer refreshments. They do take reservations for parties of 6 or more so I will call them ahead of time on Saturday.
Questions, comments, compliments, or any other nicety: My cell (Robyn) is[masked] -can call or text (if you text please tell me who you are :)