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Day Hike Chief Noonday Trail at Yankee Springs

We will be hiking the Chief Noonday trail and the North Country trail for approximately 10-12 miles of rolling terrain at a 3 to 3.5 mph pace. We would rate this as an intermediate hike.

We hiked this Sunday and found it to be very tough. Plan on being on the trail at least 4 hours, so bring snacks for energy.

Meet us at Yankee Springs State Park campground parking lot, off of Briggs Road. We will need to stage some cars at the trailhead, so please arrive no later than 10:15 am.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Too short! j/k Loved it!

    January 7, 2013

  • Randy A.

    My first hike with the group. Had an awesome time.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day and a great hike with a fun group of people. Thanks Tim and Carol for organizing and leading this and thanks everyone for showing up and making it a great hike.

    January 7, 2013

  • Mary S.

    My longest hike to date with the group. Good friends, great leaders, beautiful weather, all made me ALMOST forget that my legs were killing me!

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Kelly

    Beautiful hike, great workout. Thanks Tim and Carol!

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • Nancy W.

    Great workout in a beautiful place!
    Thanks Tim and Carol!

    1 · January 6, 2013

  • Lori H.

    Thanks, Lynn, for the history lesson on Chief Noonday. Sounds like it was a great hike. Hope to join the group soon.

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • Tim & C.

    An amazing group and beautiful weather! Thanks to everyone who helped transport hikers to the trailhead.

    2 · January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were hiking at a pretty good pace. It was nice to challenge myself with longer hikes! Thanks, Tim and Carol, for organizing this event.

    2 · January 5, 2013

  • John M.

    Great!

    January 5, 2013

  • David & D.

    Terrific first event for us. Thanks Tim and Carol for introducing us to another great hiking trail. Wonderful group of people. For those who were admiring our ice and packed snow traction accessories. They are Korkers purchased from Bill & Paul's Sporthaus on East Paris. They are $25 a pair and were well worth it. They have other models as well. Korkers.com.

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • Lynn

    If anyone cares, I felt inclined to let you know who Chief Noonday was. Next time you play Trivia Pursuit or Jeopardy, you are sure to know the answer.

    The best known Indian chief of this period (early/mid 1800's) was Chief Noonday of the Potowatamis, who lived in the Upper Village on the rapids of the Washtanong or Grand River. He was a strong, well-built man with broad shoulders, standing more than six feet in height. His influence was felt among all tribes in this section of the country. He was a leader for the British in the war of 1812, witnessed the burning of Buffalo, and was at the side of Chief Tecumseh when the latter was killed.

    Legend claims that it was Chief Noonday who carried the body of Tecumseh, Pawnee leader of the Indian warriors, from his final battlefield. Chief Noonday was also instrumental in the negotiations that opened much of Michigan to settlement. Living out his last years in the Yankee Springs area at Slater's Mission, his grave lies near Prairieville.

    2 · January 5, 2013

  • Lori H.

    My apologies for this late reply, I am unable to hike this morning. :-(

    January 5, 2013

  • Sara

    I'm not well enough to do this hike, so sorry for canceling at the last minute. I hadn't remembered it was on my calendar. I've been fighting strep throat.

    January 5, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Feeling newborn and wide-eyed here in the world and on this website, I'm wondering what it means to be on the waitlist. Could I just surreptitiously show up with no one the wiser, or is there some protocol to follow so as to not hsve my good-graces card revoked?

    January 4, 2013

  • Tim & C.

    Thanks for the "heads up" Ingrid. I checked it out and it shouldn't be a problem. We will only be sharing a very short amount of trail with them. As for parking, we are meeting at the Yankee Springs State Park campground parking lot and they are meeting up at the Long Lake Outdoor Center.

    January 4, 2013

    • Tim & C.

      Yes, but we will be in a different parking lot. Look for the sign that points to the campground. You will turn right there, rather than going straight ahead.

      January 4, 2013

    • Loretta V.

      OK thanks

      January 4, 2013

  • ingrid

    are you aware of the Yankee Trail race 10k, 25k, 50k this wkend SA morning? http://yankeespringstrailrun.com/wp/winter-race-information

    January 3, 2013

    • John M.

      It looks like our starting point is a couple of miles West of theirs, so i guess that we wouldn't encounter any crowds.

      January 4, 2013

    • Loretta V.

      For parking and meeting we will

      January 4, 2013

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