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2nd Annual Jordan River Trail Backpacking Trip (With car camping option)

  • Oct 3, 2014 · 5:00 PM

I just returned from the 2nd Annual Manistee backpacking trip and I’m just itching to plan another one.  Jordan River was my first ever real backpacking experience, long before meeting all the awesome members of MAC.  And I’m excited to return. 

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’m going to “borrow” the majority of information from Charlie’s event last October.  It sounds like everyone who went had a great time, and I hope they all come back again this year; especially Charlie!

The small fee required to RSVP is to pay for both nights of camping, and to ensure that people are relatively committed when they join, in order to get a much better idea of who to actually expect.

Friday: We all car camp in a state forest campground, Graves Crossing, near the trail.  There are 10 sites; each one can accommodate 2 tents, so let’s try to share tents wherever possible, OK?  We should be the only people there (I hope).  I think we all know how to have a good time car camping by now, right?  The campground is at the end of Crawford Road in Mancelona. It does not matter how late you get there because Graves Crossing will only be a staging area to go to Jordan River on Saturday morning.

Graves Crossing Website
Location of Graves Crossing on google maps

Saturday:
After a solid breakfast all of the full-trail backpackers will load up and head out on a slow but steady pace with occasional breaks.  We won’t have to wake up particularly early because we’ll have as long as we like to backpack just 10 miles to a walk-in campground with drinking water, toilets, and a large field great for all sorts of things.  Still 2 tents (4 people) per site. 

If you aren’t much of a backpacker and would rather just car camp and hang out with us socially, you can always hang out with us Friday and Saturday evenings.  (But you really should backpack with us, you have plenty of time to prepare). 


Jordan River Trail Website
Location of Jordan River trailhead on maps

Sunday: We’ll have a lazy breakfast, pack up, and backpack out.  We’ll probably do something else fun that day, maybe kayak.  But we'll determine those details later.  

Carpooling:  I created a basic spreadsheet for drivers to find passengers here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At8lfvufoBK9dGNHZ3hkODhidnhGLUtYLWYyb0w0VXc#gid=0

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  • Brooke

    There was a serious incident on this trip. It was due not only to poor organization and management, but also to the irresponsible behavior of EVERYONE. A group has a responsibility to pay attention. IF you went on ahead and never looked behind you, never checked to see if all your friends made it out safely then YOU are to blame as well. Special thanks to Susan, Staten, Elizabeth, Nick, Emily for being response-able enough to prevent a crisis from becoming a tragedy.

    October 5, 2014

    • lisa m.

      :(

      October 6, 2014

    • Wendy P.

      You are right Brooke, we should have been paying better attention to what was going on at the end of the line. I feel really bad about this. So sorry. I learned a hard lesson this weekend. We really do need to look out for each other. And I personally will make sure I'm paying more attention next time.

      2 · October 6, 2014

  • connie

    Be prepared. Tomorrow night snow is forcasted there and 35 degrees F.

    October 3, 2014

    • Atampreet

      There was no snow but lot of rain. :)

      October 6, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Beautiful photos Emily!

    1 · October 6, 2014

  • Jack

    So at the end of the day Saturday, we were welcomed warmly by a group of you. You let us stay dry under your tarp, and offered hand warmers, and advice. We wanted to say thanks. I don't think we got your names (or maybe my frozen brain didn't register them). All I remember is one of you had made your dehydrated food, one of you guys was taller and had long hair, and the other guy had a magic bag with a full pillow in it.

    Well we hoped to know who you were.

    Thanks!

    2 · October 5, 2014

    • Jeremy

      I was the one with the magic bag, and your welcome, I'm glad we could help

      1 · October 5, 2014

    • Atampreet

      I was the tall guy with long hair.. :)

      1 · October 6, 2014

  • Nick

    Great fun meeting all of you, the daytime weather was wonderful. And that valley is stunning when wet.

    5 · October 5, 2014

    • Atampreet

      That Valley is stunning when wet :)? What Valley are you talking about Nick? :)

      1 · October 6, 2014

  • Jeremy

    Had a blast even with the less then great weather.

    1 · October 5, 2014

  • Jeremy

    Had a blast even with the less then great weather.

    3 · October 5, 2014

  • Ruth

    I hope your night was Ok. This weather is pretty bad. If anyone wants to be picked up for a ride to their car call me[masked]

    1 · October 5, 2014

    • Brooke

      Thank you Ruth for being so kind and helpful.

      1 · October 5, 2014

  • Yffy Y.

    Had a great hike and it was fun to car camp, rain and all. Thanks everyone.

    4 · October 5, 2014

  • Sam P.

    Jim if a spot opens up, I would love to come. Thanks

    1 · October 2, 2014

    • Atampreet

      Hey. Sam. There's only 19 rsvp... There should be one spot for u.

      October 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I un-RSVPd, so there is one spot left. I don't know how the waitlist works, though, so you might contact Jim.

      October 3, 2014

  • Dale

    Has anyone looked at the weather?

    October 3, 2014

    • Jeremy

      It is supposed to be rainy and chilly if you believe the weather man, not that any of that will stop us from have a fun weekend

      1 · October 3, 2014

  • Atampreet

    hi Everyone,
    Anyone has room in their car for me? I live in Canton right off of i-275 and about 3 mins from M14 and I-96, If you are leaving from Ann arbor, Farmington, Livonia, Canton, I could possibly join you anywhere along the way.
    Thanks
    Atam.
    You can send me a message on meetup or text me at my cell:[masked]

    October 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I can pick up Elizabeth and be out at the 696/275 location around 11 am. Will that work for you? I don't want to be on the road and there so I can set camp and maybe go hiking somewhere nearby..want to make use of my day off :-) Let me know if that works for you. Elizabeth, please text me your address I can be at your place by 10:30 if you want to ride with me.

      October 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Too quick with the enter key...my number is[masked]-3016..if you want to ride together let's do the rest of the plans by phone..thanks! Susan

      2 · October 2, 2014

  • Jasmine

    I won't be able to go. Someone else can use my $5 RSVP

    September 30, 2014

    • Neylan A.

      I will take your spot Jasmine. Wish you could come :(

      October 2, 2014

    • Jasmine

      It doesn't work like that. RSVP moves up in order of sign up on the earliest. If you make it, talk to Jim about transferring the money

      October 2, 2014

  • Jack

    Hey all!. Just joined meetup, specifically after seeing this trip.
    So.... What do I (and my +1) need to do? We are new to backpacking, but have hiked for a couple years. Is there anything we need to do (reserve a campsite, etc.). Any advice would be great!

    September 1, 2014

    • Jim S

      more details closer to event time. just get used to hiking with your full pack.

      1 · September 8, 2014

    • Jim S

      What jasmine said

      October 2, 2014

  • Saran S.

    Any plans on opening up more spots???

    September 28, 2014

    • Jim S

      There are limited campsites but a number of people are changing their mind because of the weather so you could always take somebody else's spot

      October 2, 2014

  • Brooke

    Does anyone have a way to boil water they would be willing to share? In return I can bring really good coffee and cream to share....

    September 28, 2014

    • Judi

      I'll have a small stove, too.

      September 29, 2014

    • Jim S

      Yes. I can carry fuel I just need a little boiling water for my dinner

      October 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there an opening?

    September 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will take it! Are you sure you are not going to make it?

      1 · September 30, 2014

    • Jim S

      Jo Morris u are welcome to take Kellys place

      October 2, 2014

  • Janet s.

    Well folk, based on the weather report I think it's time to dig out the foul weather gear!

    1 · October 1, 2014

    • Jim S

      So true

      October 2, 2014

  • Ruth

    I wonder if everyone is going to be backpacking? I would love to join for a day hike if anyone is doing that. I'll be up in the area for the weekend.

    October 2, 2014

    • Jim S

      You are free today hike with us the cost an RSVP officially is for people camping

      October 2, 2014

    • Jim S

      Yeah. I'm not happy about that

      October 2, 2014

  • Jeremy

    I just up dated my leaving time it will be 3pm ish from Saginaw area if that helps anyone

    October 1, 2014

  • Atampreet

    Who all are still figuring out there rides? Let s get together and figure out if anyone of us can drive. Please comment if you don't have a ride yet.

    October 1, 2014

  • Chris G.

    I'm not going to make it so somebody can take my spot.. I already paid, not sure how that works if I can transfer that payment to someone else who wants to go, but someone else is more than welcome to take my spot.

    October 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Love to take it, do you have a paypal, I can send you the money?

      October 1, 2014

    • Chris G.

      Oh I was going to just pay for someone else who wanted to go.. but I doubt I could do that. You'll probably have to pay separate.

      October 1, 2014

  • Neylan A.

    I am still looking for carpooling as well. Anyone who is leaving from Ann Arbor area? I can leave after work on Friday at around 6 pm. Any advise?

    October 1, 2014

  • lisa m.

    My carpool fell apart! :( does anyone have room in their car for lil ol me! I get out of work about 330 and can meet on i75!

    September 29, 2014

    • Jeremy

      I could meet you near Saginaw if that would help I have room for 1 it would save you half the trip or so

      September 29, 2014

    • Dale

      I have room leaving from Lansing on Friday

      September 30, 2014

  • Chris G.

    Hopefully the rain holds off.. big chance of rain Thursday but not sure about the weekend yet.

    September 29, 2014

    • lisa m.

      Well live...

      3 · September 30, 2014

    • lisa m.

      Everyone bring tarps and hot choc just in case!

      1 · September 30, 2014

  • Jeremy

    I have extra room in my tent if any one wants or needs to share it is a 4 person tent so it fits 3 comfortably just one warning I am known to snore

    1 · September 28, 2014

  • Atampreet

    Hey Jim S, any chance you can. Open up more spots?

    September 27, 2014

  • Jeremy

    Is there any space available I would love to come and join in on the fun.

    September 27, 2014

  • Brooke

    Can someone schedule a couple practice hikes? Or maybe I should...Sundays.

    September 21, 2014

  • Brooke

    I'm still coming. Got kicked off the list and the system wants me to pay again... Grrr

    September 18, 2014

    • Jim S

      took care of it. not the first person.

      2 · September 19, 2014

  • Cher

    I interested In checking it out but have a up north home in East Jordon. Would love to meet up and possibly hike bit camp out in home. Is this possible?

    1 · September 11, 2014

    • Jim S

      it's possible, as long as you can find us and everything

      September 19, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Hey Jim! You still owe me $10! Do I get a credit???

    July 7, 2014

    • lisa m.

      It was from the last trip when Harold and I both paid. I figured I could just come on this trip and we could call it even.

      September 8, 2014

    • Jim S

      ok

      September 19, 2014

  • Josh

    Who wants to share a site? I'll be there early to grab a good one.

    August 20, 2014

    • Yffy Y.

      It seems to me that the sites are first come, first serve.

      1 · August 21, 2014

    • Jim S

      everyone will share with someone, it will work out (i think:-)

      September 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a backup plan if the sites are already filled?

    August 24, 2014

    • Jeff E.

      Lisa you wont get shot. During bow hunting season only bow and arrows are use and an arrow at most will travel maybe 50 yards. Normal shooting range for an arrow is 20 to 30 yards.

      September 2, 2014

    • Jim S

      i haven't been denied yet. i guess some of us would camp in the woods if we had to.

      September 8, 2014

  • Emily D.

    I folks: I checked out the website for Graves Crossing provided in the description of the meetup, and it seems that we are not able to reserve individual campsites. I wonder if Jim meant that the 10 campsites are all already reserved and the $7 is supposed to go toward the sites?

    (Please read below for description).

    Jim, I think there is some confusion and it would be really helpful if you could please clarify.

    Thanks,
    Emily

    (Phone number indicated above is for the Management Unit. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. 10 sites for tent and small trailer use located in the beautiful Jordan River Valley. Enjoy canoeing, fishing, hiking, and scenery along the Jordan River, Michigan's first designated Wild and Scenic River. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump.

    August 22, 2014

    • Dale

      That's how he did it before

      September 6, 2014

    • Jim S

      yes, it is first come, first serve, which is why we'll get there early, and why there is a limit. but i've been assured that the people in our group should be fine.

      September 8, 2014

  • Jeff E.

    Hey all, FYI this weekend is opening weekend for Bow hunting. Bow hunting starts Oct. 1. Don't worry if you see people (male and female) dressed in cammo carrying a bow. This area is big in bow hunting. I bow hunt on my sister's property in this area.
    I'm thinking about doing this trip but Friday night I will be staying at my sister's house which you all will be driving right by her house Friday night.

    1 · August 23, 2014

    • Jeff E.

      At least do not wave a white tail around. lol

      1 · August 26, 2014

    • Wendy P.

      Lol! Well, that's not happening.

      August 26, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Jim~ do I get a credit since you still owe me $10 from the last meetup??? Thx!

    August 20, 2014

    • lisa m.

      I'm gonna assume that's a "yes" Jim.

      August 23, 2014

  • Judi

    I went online to try to reserve a campsite but can't see to find to what campground you're referring. If it's Young State Park, there is no campground with only 10 sites.

    August 21, 2014

  • Yffy Y.

    I'd like to share a site with someone. Not sure if my dogs are coming or not, but they are super friendly and usually just hang out by the fire :)

    August 20, 2014

    • kelly

      I would like to share a site. Not sure of my schedule this far out, but so far I'm off.

      August 20, 2014

    • Yffy Y.

      Sounds great. Keep me posted.

      August 21, 2014

  • Yffy Y.

    I just want to make sure I get this right: Is someone reserving the camping spots for the group, so we could show up late?

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Also I would just like to mention to everyone. If you decide to carpool with someone please do not stiff your driver when it comes to paying for gas. I've carpooled on trips when I ended up paying more than other ppl
    Did and I was the driver. Please be conscious of this. The driver puts wear and tear on their vehicles to drive (new tires, oil changes, and other maintenance) and it's not fair that they end up paying more than the passengers. Thank you and have a great day! :)

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Jen

    I've been camping for years, but backpacking is new for me...is there a good way to prepare? Other than just hiking?

    1 · June 27, 2014

    • Staten T. M.

      Try your shoes out first.

      1 · June 27, 2014

    • Judi

      When you practice hike do it with your pack on and fill it with water to simulate the weight you'd be carrying.

      August 20, 2014

  • Staten T. M.

    message me to carpool. [masked]

    August 19, 2014

  • Yffy Y.

    I'm curious about bringing dogs as well, I didn't see anything on the DNR site about no dogs allowed. But, my dogs could stay home just fine too. Let me know.

    August 10, 2014

    • Barbara

      I have found nothing saying no dogs allowed either. Brooke, where did you find into that says no dogs allowed?

      August 11, 2014

  • Jasmine

    This place was recommended: jordanvalleyglassworks.com

    1 · July 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just realized I have a pre-existing conflict that wasn't on my calendar...bummer.

    July 14, 2014

  • Charlie

    Feeling the love so I have to come. Of course, I will have a frisbee. The campground is a perfect place to play.

    3 · June 17, 2014

  • lisa m.

    Probably...

    June 3, 2014

    • lisa m.

      Probably, yes! Lmao! Idk what I'm doing in October yet. ;-)

      June 3, 2014

    • Jasmine

      Hanging out with me and probably Jimbo and all sorts of cool peeps... ya know, the good life lol Look forward to probably seeing you!

      June 3, 2014

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