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Island Lake - backpacking practice with trailside lunch - 10 mile hike

Please bring your loaded pack if possible. This is a chance to find out how much weight you can carry and get your hiking legs in shape. I'll show everyone what I pack when we break for lunch, but I'm not a role model for packing light. I hope some more experienced backpackers will join and show us a better example :-)

Be sure to bring your lunch too. We'll hike for two or three hours, then find a flat area to sit and eat.

We're hiking the blue trail:

Note: this is posted on both MAC and AAAC

We'll hike counterclockwise, opposite the bike traffic (sorry, I don't know any trails this long that don't have mountain bikes). Watch out when we start up a hill. Whenever a mountain bike is about to hit us, yell BIKE! and step off trail to the right.

Everyone hikes at a different speed but let's not split up and get lost on the trail. I'll ask someone to volunteer as sweeper. About every half hour, or whenever we arrive at a trail intersection, please stop and take a water break until the sweeper arrives. Then we'll agree on which way to go and proceed. Don't get behind the sweeper.

You will need a recreation passport. The park entrance is on Kensington road, south of Grand River road. When you enter the park, take the first right, then take the second right. There will be a sign that says Trailhead Parking, that road leads to the large parking lot.

Please call if you're running late[masked]four-5187


And... if you finish this hike with your pack, you might be ready to do both of these!

Backpacking - Jordan River Pathway – July 19th

Backpacking - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - August 24th

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  • Gershon B.

    Just requested to come into work.

    June 23, 2013

  • Nicole

    I really wanted to go but this humidity is bothering my asthma. I hope to meet you all soon at another event/hike

    June 22, 2013

  • Abhay

    Family coming to visit.

    June 21, 2013

  • Lee K

    I will attend with my daughter, but I have RSVPed with MAC.

    June 19, 2013

  • Dylan C.

    Hiking at Island Lake is always a popular event. Please update your RSVP if you find out you can't make it for any reason. All are welcome and a multi-day backpack isn't required.

    Note that this particular event is intended to help people get ready for overnight or longer backpacking trips (hiking with all your camping gear). We'll have other hiking events that aren't backpacking focused.

    June 17, 2013

  • Dylan C.

    I stole a couple spots from this event because the space on MAC filled up.

    June 11, 2013

  • Abhay

    I look forward to it.

    June 10, 2013

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