We're going to call this one an intermediate trip, mainly because of the unstructured nature of it, and because I'm pretty sure people who sign up for this will also sign up for the weekend hikes.
I'm heading up to do some fishing prior to the weekend beginner trip and thought it may be nice to have some company. My itinerary is pretty stationary, I'm going to spend as much time at the lakeside as I can. Attendees on this trip can either fish with me, or do some hiking of their own choosing. I've only reserved 1 site for both nights, but if there is demand I may be able to add the paired site at each nights location.
Wed 11am -
Meet at the Sylvania A-frame entrance center to watch a mandatory video on protecting the wilderness and get our permits. We'll move cars to the end point and hike about 2 miles into our Wed. campsite (Porcupine 2) on the northwest side of Crooked lake.
Depending on the fishing, I may stay at the Porcupine site through the morning or head to the next site right away. Its about a 4 mile hike to our site (Badger 2) on the southwest side of Crooked Lake. From here we'll have access to good fishing on Crooked, Clark, and Loon lakes. It's about a quarter mile walk between lakes.
This is also a junction between trails, so if you are inclined you could hike-- a 12(ish) mile round trip to the southeast end of the park, an 8(ish) mile loop around Clark lake, or a 4(ish) mile walk to Whitefish Lake are all options.
We'll have a phenomenal beach on Clark to swim at as well.
We'll pack up and do some more fishing or hiking. Its about a 4 mile hike out to the cars. I need to be back to the A-Frame by 4:30 to meet the weekend hikers.
Your $18 fee includes:
• 2 nights' meetup fees
• camping fees for both nights
What is not included in the fee: fishing license, personal equipment, food, water, and a $4 per car per night (or $20 season pass) fee.
If you are fishing you'll need to get a Michigan license, which can be done online before you leave home. Be sure to read the regulations for fishing at Sylvania. All bass are catch and release and all hooks must be de-barbed.
Sylvania Wilderness has special rules governing use of certain equipment. I expect group members to follow these rules in the back country. These include:
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.
Cans & Bottles-Non-burnable and disposable food and beverage containers including cans, bottles, and Styrofoam are not allowed. Permitted Containers include containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toiletries and reusable plastic containers.
Wheeled Vehicles-Bicycles or mechanical portaging wheels are not allowed in the Wilderness. Wheeled chairs are permitted.
Dogs-Are allowed on a six foot leash in both the Wilderness and Recreation area. Dogs may only be off leash during sanctioned State of Michigan hunting seasons. They may not be left unattended and are not permitted in the Clark Lake Beach and Swimming area.
Also of note are the Perseid Meteors. Wed. night should be an OK night for the showers, though the moon will be bigger than the past few years out and we'll be a day past peak, so the show may be dimmed. Earthsky.org describes this years show thusly:
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, though it’ll have to contend with a bright waning gibbous moon this year. 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 2014, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with major interference from the waning gibbous moon. Give it a try anyway, as some bright Perseids will probably be able to overcome the moon-drenched skies. Best mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13.