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Windy City Hikers Meetup Group Message Board › Pictured Rock Natiional Lakeshore 6/24-27

Pictured Rock Natiional Lakeshore 6/24-27

A former member
Post #: 25
Two guy friends and I are planning a trip of 4-6 people to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore from Thursday, June 24th through Sunday, June 27th. We want to get the details set and the reservation made asap, so a quick response is all you need!


We want a group size of at least 4, but no bigger than 6. There are 3 of us so far, and we're leaning towards only 4 people, but if we get enough interest we'll have to make it 6. So there are only 1-3 spots available. We are also currently without transportation, so more consideration will be given to people who can drive (the gas will be paid for you, of course)!

The entire lake-side trail is 42 miles long, but we will really only have 2 hiking days since the other two will be spent driving, so we can pick and choose which section we want to do. For that reason, the mileage we do is pretty flexible at this point. We can do anywhere from a few miles to 30 or more, so we can pick something that everyone is comfortable with.

There is a shuttle service in the area so we can park at the end-point and they can take us to where we wish to start, or the other way around. Their fee for up to 4 people is a $100, and a group larger than 4 is $150. There's a permit fee of $5 per person per night (3 total nights) and a single reservation fee of $15. Split evenly between 4, 5 and 6 people, respectively, is $43.75, $48.00, and $42.50 per person, so either 4 or 6 people is the best option.

A rough itinerary:
Thursday - Leave early AM, arrive and hike only a few miles to camp.
Friday - Hike
Saturday - Hike
Sunday - Hike only a few miles to cars and leave early AM, arrive home in the evening.

From what I've seen, the area is beautiful and well worth the trek, time, and money. This is the setting of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Haiwatha. We'll need to have everything squared away as soon as possible to ensure reservations at the campsites and to receive our permit, so a timely response is requested.

Hope to see you out there.
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