This is going to be one of my more experimental hikes as I have only done this place a couple of times and I would like to explore areas that I have not done yet. According to people's GPS maps of their hikes, there are loops that do not exist on the park map. We are going to find out if this is correct. If incorrect, then there will either be some backtracking, cross-countrying, or an exhilarating combination of both.
Either way, my plan is to hike about 6 miles and get lost*~^#% for about 1-3 miles giving a sum total of 7-9 miles done at a moderate pace. Proud Lake is a relatively flat place with quite a bit of variety (lakes, rivers, pine forest, and swamps).
* disclaimer: you really cannot get lost here
~ disclaimer 2: that does not stop me from trying, though
^ disclaimer 3: and succeeding
# disclaimer 4: but everyone always makes it back
% disclaimer 5: so far
We shall me in the parking area on Park Headquarter Road which is just east of Wixom road. Just take I-96 to Wixom north (exit 159) and go up about 4.5 miles where it makes a left (but stays Wixom road) and then it is another 1.7 miles to Park Headquarter road. Turn right where the Headquarters to the park is (there is a sign there for Proud Lake), go past the headquarters until you hit the next parking area on the left. This is where we shall meet. If you hit the Annex you have gone too far.
map of Proud Lake (meeting area is between the headquarters and where the River Hawk Annex symbol is)
satellite map of meeting spot (use this for directions)
Do not google Proud Lake and get directions from there- you will go to the wrong place (and be summarily mocked for doing it). Please use the links above- the satellite map is especially useful.
This is a state park so you need the Recreation Pass on your license. If you have not registered your car yet then you might get a ticket for $10, which is the cost of registering your car. You will also get a permit with that $10
A bunch of us are going to the Noel Night meetup which starts at 4:30. So, this time there will not be the obligatory bar meetup after the hike. Everyone is of course welcome to come to Noel Night and it might be convenient for some to carpool.
Don't we all, but this is not the forum for it.
Need help with directions or more information about the hike?
Well, if that's all you need then call me at[masked]-2351.
see you on the trail.