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