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Point Beach Cabin Crossover Trip with the Fox Cities Group
RSVPs open Friday, November 2 at 8 PM. This is a beginner level trip open to any skill level. In the ratings grabbing tradition of television crossover episodes, the cast of the Chicagoland Backpackers Meetup Group and the Fox Cities Backpackers Meetup Group will join forces on location at the Point Beach State Forest. In addition to staying in a great cabin and having miles of beach virtually to ourselves we’ll have the opportunity to socialize with our backpacking friends from North of the border (in the land of cheese). The Chicago group will be staying in the Coenen Cabin while the Appleton group will be in the Ketchbaw Cabin. ITINERARY The itinerary for the weekend is very simple; arrive sometime Friday afternoon and RELAX until departing Sunday afternoon. How you do that is up to you! There won’t be any “scheduled” activities for the weekend. I anticipate using part of the day Saturday and possibly Sunday morning hiking the trails in the park or along the beach. We’ll figure this out as we go with the option of breaking into multiple groups and hiking different trails and distances. Hopefully the weather cooperates and we can take advantage of the fire pit for some additional outdoor time. WHAT DO YOU NEED? At the minimum bring a sleeping bag, food for the weekend, flashlight or headlamp and some weather appropriate gear to enjoy the outdoor surroundings. If you’re bringing a vehicle a WI State Park vehicle admissions sticker or daily pass is required. WHAT TO EXPECT Here are some details on the cabin from Reserve America: This is a rustic cabin with no electricity; water is available from a hand pump, which is located near the Coenen Cabin. All cooking must be done outside using the outdoor grill provided. The cabin has a wood-burning heater. Pit toilets are available; there is no bathroom inside the cabin. The cabin is supplied with tables, chairs and countertop, Campers should bring cooking utensils. Cabin includes 14 or 16 single bunks with vinyl covered mattresses, campers should bring sleeping bags, pillows and battery powered lanterns or flashlights. It is required that all campers clean cabin and surrounding area prior to check-out. A picnic shelter is located outside the cabin. Each cabin has its own fire ring. All fires must be contained within the fire-rings provided. The cabin has an accessible wooden walkway to the dunes. BRING A COUPLE OF GALLONS OF WATER. We can refill them from the well or at the park office/entrance station if needed. On previous visits one of the Rangers had unlocked the cabin for us leaving the keys inside. If you arrive before the Event Organizers go ahead and set up when you get there. Whenever the people whose names are on the reservations arrive they can officially check in. If the cabins are locked feel free to go up to the entrance station and ask for the keys. This weekend should be early enough not to include suitable snow for skiing. However in the event that there is, the park’s trails do close to hiking and are groomed for skiing. This doesn’t include the Ice Age Trail. With such a large number of people in a cabin there will surely be some people up well past their bedtime and others soundly snoring. If you’re a light sleeper, plan accordingly and take precautions. It never hurts to have a pair of ear plugs or an MP3 player along. Also be aware that cell coverage was very poor. Voice was very hit and miss and text weren't very reliable either. FINDING THE CABIN On our first trip we encountered some problems finding the cabin especially those arriving after dark. The sign is small for starters and also doesn’t mention cabins on it. Instead the sign is for the “Indoor Group Camp” and is on the west side of the road opposite the gravel road back to the cabins. I'll hang our brown and white reflective meetup sign below that sign. Also worth noting, the “Welcome to Point Beach State Forest” sign is located about a half mile north of the road to the cabin. Most people will be approaching from the south meaning if you see this sign you’ve gone to far. Point Beach State Forest is located 5 miles North of Two Rivers, on Cty Trk O. From the South, take Hwy 42 North through the city of Two Rivers. When you see a Pick-n-Save grocery store on your left, go straight towards Lake Michigan at is point. You will then connect up to Hwy O, take this North until you see Point Beach use area signs. From the North, watch for Point Beach signs along Hwy. 42 directing you to the state forest. You will then take Hwy V East. Hwy V will then connect into Hwy O, take this South until you see Point Beach use area signs. Here are some coordinates extrapolated using USAPhotoMaps. Gravel Road To Cabins - N 44°[masked]’ W 87°[masked]’ Point Beach Cabins - N 44°[masked]’ W 87°[masked]’ POINT BEACH STATE FOREST 9400 CO TRUNK O TWO RIVERS WI 54241 [masked] FEES Your trip fee of $25 includes: Cabin reservation (2 nights at $60.00/night) -- $120.00 Reserve America reservation fee -- $9.70 Firewood -- $100.00 Meetup fee -- $5.00 Misc. Items (Water, Garbage Bags, etc.) -- $10.00 Firewood is not included with the cabin so we’ll arrange for some. We’ve made an educated guess as to how much will be needed but this could vary quite a bit with temperature and if the weather allows for a bonfire. We should be fine but if it looks like we might run short we can either take up a collection or spend a little time scavenging. LINKS: Point Beach State Forest Site ( Cabin Information ( Point Beach State Forest Map ( Trail Descriptions ( LINKS TO PAST POINT BEACH CABIN WEEKENDS: 2015 photos 2014 - 2013 -

Point Beach State Forest

9400 County Highway O · Two Rivers, WI

Respond by: 11/23/2018

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Chicagoland Backpackers is an organization for those interested in getting outside, enjoying nature, having fun, and sometimes having a little bit of adventure. Backpacking involves hiking on wilderness trails with survival gear to sustain you for a few days to a few weeks. Leaders are experienced in safely navigating with a compass and map to destinations averaging from 6 to 15 miles per day. Backpacing is a sport for those who are physically fit and have the necessary equipment to sustain themselves in good and bad weather. Members can attend begining trips with trainers who will teach you how to use the necessary gear needed for more advanced trips. The group strives to provide trip opportunities for all levels and to increase backpacking competance in all members. Most of our events are overnight weekend trips in the Midwest within a 3 to 8 hours drive but there are also extended trips and trips to other parts of the country. Even though our focus is backpacking we do reserve the right to occasionally deviate into overnight bike touring, canoe camping, and other outdoor adventures.

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