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Yankee Springs: New Years Day Hike

  • Jan 1, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Annual Shoe Year’s Day Hike at the picturesque North Country National Scenic Trail in Yankee Springs Recreation Area in Barry County.   This event is sponsored by the Yankee Springs Recreation Area DNR,  with the Chief Noonday Chapter partnering as hike leaders.

This is a public event with no fee for participating in the Shoe Year’s Day event.  All vehicle license tabs must bear  the "P," Michigan State Park Recreation Passport, for  entry and parking. 

Arrive early for ease of parking and registration.  If you are early, please volunteer to assist as the Chief Noonday Chapter (CND) is not receiving any support from the DNR staff this year due to budget cuts.

Our hike route will depend on weather and snow conditions, but will be about 3+ miles.  CND is planning 'out and back' hiking route. There will be no shuttle service this year.  Bring your bottled water and trekking/Nordic poles. 

The trail head is at the Warming Lodge located at the Long Lake Outdoor Center at 10370 Gun Lake Rd, Middleville, MI.

Snacks and warm beverages will be available for sale before and after the hike in the Warming Lodge.  Rick and Mary at the Long Lake Outdoor Center will offer chili and cornbread before or after the hike.  There will be information tables inside the LLOC for both YSRA, and the NCTA.

Optional Breakfast: You are welcome to meet with the CND volunteers for breakfast at 9:30 AM at Sandy's Country Kitchen at 11114 Gun Lake Road, Middleville or 1.2 miles west of Hall Lake, on Gun Lake Road.

Eastside Kalamazoo Carpool and breakfast:  Meet at 8:20 AM at Gull Rd Meijers under parking lamp “C.”  We may need more than one vehicle.  If you are available to drive, please make room in your back seat and trunk.  Passengers be sure to bring a few dollars to reimburse the driver for gas. 

Directions from I-131:  Take "Hastings-Bradley" exit to M-179.  Travel east on M-179.  At the Shell station and curve in the road turn right on to Briggs Rd (notice signage for Yankee Springs Recreation Area).  Briggs Rd becomes Gun Lake Rd.  Sandy's Restaurant is west of Long Lake Outdoor Center.

Directions from M-43 E. (Gull Rd) in Kalamazoo:  Take M-43 east to Richland MI.  Turn north at stop light on to N 32nd St.  Travel 2.8 miles and turn left at the curve on to Lockshore Rd. Go to end of road and turn right on to Milo Rd.  Turn left  at the next road on the left, Parker Rd.  Go  north to stop sign at Prairieville, MI.  Continue north about 10 miles on Norris Rd (changes to Yankee Springs Rd).  Turn left on Gun Lake Rd.  Go 2 miles to Sandy’s Restaurant and a little farther to the trail head on the north side of the road.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I will drive a car from Meijer's on Gull road that will not be going to breakfast....so we will leave Meijer's around 10:15! Let me know if you are going to ride with me.

    December 29, 2013

    • penny c.

      I'd like to ride with you, I emailed you too, I will be there at 10:15 anyway

      1 · December 31, 2013

    • Bev G.

      Ok great Penny ... see you at 10:15

      December 31, 2013

  • Bobbi J.

    Post hike CHILI PARTY at my house ... get the pun. Fellow New Year's Day hikers from meetup and GLAC you are invited to stop by to toast in 2014 and warm up together. I will make a pot of vegetarian chili, salad, and serve hot apple juice. You may bring a food offering such as appetizer, dessert or more of the above. Contact me at the hike and I will give you my address or email me at [masked].

    December 30, 2013

  • Bobbi J.

    Carpooling with Bobbi Jo: I'm leaving early for breakfast. At this time I've had the following hikers who have requested to carpool with me: Mary Jo and Theresa.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In regards to parking, if we don't have the state parking permit on our plate, can we get a daily permit there?

    December 30, 2013

  • Kalamazoo Valley Walkers (.

    News from other members of Chief Noonday Chapter:

    CAL, sent the following Snow report: Middleville is similar to Yankee Springs Recreation Area. The 18 inches of snow we had has melted down to 2 inches of pretty crusty stuff. Easy walking. JEFF, says: Since we're planning a loop that does not approach any roads, there's no opportunity (or need) to spot cars. The loop will return hikers back to the starting point, where there should be a rustic lodge open with a place to get warmed up. The hike is about 3 miles in length, and given the frozen footing (icy base plus whatever snow falls in the next couple days), I expect the hike will take roughly 2 hours. There will be a couple opportunities to take shortcuts back to the starting point, if a hiker should need to cut the jaunt short.

    December 30, 2013

  • Kalamazoo Valley Walkers (.

    LARRY PIO, President of the Chief Noonday Chapter, just sent the following information: We estimate the entire hike, if completed is about 3 miles. It will be an out and back, going to Graves Hill, and then on to Devil's Soup Bowl. There will be options for anyone to turn around, and hike back to the Long Lake Outdoor Center, where there will be heat, and food available for purchase. Spotting cars won't be necessary, unless someone wants to do an extra hike. All parking will be at the Long Lake Outdoor Center.

    December 30, 2013

  • Kalamazoo Valley Walkers (.

    Larry Pio can you advise us how long the hike is and whether there is a short and long option?

    December 29, 2013

  • Bobbi J.

    Greetings Heather. The trails at YSRA are foot paths (dirt trails). I would recommend hiking boots or snow boot with treads. Hiking poles or staff could prove helpful. Long underwear and multiple layers that are wicking would be comfortable. Avoid wearing cotton on your feet or body as it does not wick away sweat. Polyester and fleece work well. Nylon ski or snow pants work well. Wear a warm hat or hood that covers your ears, and your warmest gloves or mittens. If it is windy or bitter add a scarf or neck gator that can be used to cover your neck and face. Consider bringing a water bottle and a snack (maybe a food bar or salty snack) for your pocket in case you need some extra energy on the trail.

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How is the trail for walking purposes? Should we wear special shoes? I am interesting in doing this walk but not sure if I have all the gear that would be necessary. Can you let me know what is recommended? Thanks.

    December 26, 2013

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