Meet Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m. at the East parking lot of the Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area. Note: There is a East and West parking lot. We'll meet at the EAST parking lot on M-65.
How far should we backpack? I am open to suggestions … Hoist Lakes has trail loops from 4 to 20 miles … there are options. I am open to any suggestions (all are fun).
We'll hike a minimum of 2 miles (one-way) and set up camp near South Hoist Lake. Do some hiking from there, gather fire wood, tend fire, explore, and relax. Return to vehicles at trail head Sunday morning / early afternoon.
Hoist Lake only allows foot travel (no bikes, anything motorized, or horses). It is nearly 10,000 acres and part of the Huron National Forest. Some describe it as the closest area to metro Detroit (Around 180 – 200 miles away) that offers a true wilderness backpacking experience. There are about 6 small lakes dotting the area and some hills to climb. The trails are marked, but by no means a “stroll-in-the-park”
NO water pumps at Hoist Lakes. SOLUTION: Carry in water you need or bring a means to purify water from lake (I do both).
NO outhouses other than at trailhead. SOLUTION: Dig your own cat hole.
NOT A KOA-TYPE CAMPING EXPERIENCE … IT’S FUN IN THE WILDERNESS!
More Suggestions on how to get there:
Take I-75 north to Exit 188, the US-23, Standish-Alpena exit. Stay on US-23 for approximately 15-miles to the junction of M-65. Turn left (north) onto M-65 and continue on this for about 50-miles to the entrance of the Hoist Lakes parking area.