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Backpacking - Jordan River Pathway

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I haven't done this before, but someone told me it's one of the best hikes in Michigan! Jordan River Pathway is a scenic 18-mile loop, rated moderate to difficult. This will be a good practice trip if you want to do Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore the last week of August (backpacking, NOT the sea kayaking trip).

We'll have all day to cover only 8-10 miles. It's important to stop and enjoy the scenery, not just focus on reaching the destination as quickly as possible. I'll set a pace that everyone can keep up with and take plenty of snack breaks to re-group.

This isn't full but the event is limited to 20. It's cross-posted on both MAC ( and AAAC ( I'll check both to know when it's full.

Please add yourself to the waiting list if you're interested. I'll add you officially after you prepay, or after your verbal assurance that you are prepared, equipped, committed, and will bring cash. $10 should cover the fees for both campgrounds.

Clickable links to prepay through MAC ( or AAAC (

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Friday night: car camp at Graves Crossing State Forest Campground. The campground is at the end of Crawford Road in Mancelona, MI,+mancelona,+mi

Saturday: Park at the Deadman's Hill Scenic Overlook and start hiking 8 miles along the river to the
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Sunday: have breakfast, pack up and hike 10 miles out, back to Deadman's Hill. On the way home, we'll probably stop in Gaylord or Grayling for a celebratory meal and drink.

Prerequisites - If you have never backpacked before, you have some preparing to do:

1) figure out how much weight you are able to carry on a long hike.
2) scrounge together all the gear you need and keep it all under your weight limit, including food and water.
3) complete one or more long practice hikes with the same footwear and fully-loaded pack you will use for this trip.
4) practice camping overnight to test your sleeping system.

We will have practice events to make sure everyone is ready and confident. We’ll also have a meeting a week or two before this trip to work out details. It will probably be combined with a practice hike.

RIE has a checklist of what you need:


Gas for your car may be your biggest expense so it's
important to arrange carpooling and take as few vehicles as possible. We'll figure this out a few days before the event. I'll suggest a place near Plymouth where we can leave extra cars.