This is a beginner level trip through the Sylvania Wilderness in the Ottawa national forest near Watersmeet MI.
4:30 P.M. Friday we'll meet at the Sylvania A-frame entrance center to watch a mandatory video on protecting the wilderness and get our permits and camp at Clark lake campground which is first come first served.
Saturday- We'll shuttle people over to the trailhead on National forest road 6320. We'll hike about 8 miles along pristine lakes and through one of the few old growth forests to escape the logging industry. We'll camp at sites Maple 1 & 2 which I've already reserved.
Sunday we'll hike about 6.5 miles out along Clark lake back to the campground and get the vehicles and head home. Clark lake has beaches and excellent swimming so don't forget your swimming suit.
A Route map is here: Sylvania map
Backpacking groups are limited to 10 people in the wilderness and 6 people per site. This is a wilderness and leave no trace area. You will need a way to hang your food or bear canister as well as bug spray and/or headnet.
Your $25 fee includes:
• 2 nights' meetup fees
• camping fees for both nights
• firewood for the first night at Clark Lake.
What is not included in the fee: $4 per car per night fee.
You will be responsible for personal equipment, food, water, and a $4 per car per night fee.
Sylvania Wilderness is located in Michigan, which can be a long drive for some. Please feel free (it's even encouraged!) to talk about carpooling.
Provided we have a clear sky, we should be in for a pretty good show from the perseid meteor showers. Earthsky.org describes them thusly:
August 10-13, 2013 before dawn, the Perseids
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm.
The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids around August 10-13.
They combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars. In 2013, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with little to no interference from the waxing crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the planet Saturn in the evening hours, giving a colorful prelude to late-night Perseid show. Best mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13.
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