Event Rating: Moderately Difficult!!! Due to hills, pace, rugged terrain and darkness.
This week’s Bald Mountain North hike will be on TUESDAY. We’ll hike about 3 hours at a moderate/moderately fast pace on the trails at Bald Mountain North. Total distance will depend on group speed, number and duration of stops, etc., but should be about about 7 to 8-1/2 miles. We'll likely go off the beaten path in a few sections. We'll modify as needed(my call) depending on weather, trail and group conditions.
The route goes by the parking lot after about 3.5/4.0 miles, so those needing to leave early can opt out at that time.
For those interested in the Friday night hikes, this is a good chance to experience a night hike as it is generally easier(wider, more open and less steep trails) than the Bloomer night hike.
Bring a headlamp or flashlight! Although it will be light at the start of the hike, it will be dark before the end of the hike. There are no lights on the trail other than the moon and the stars.
The bugs are out! You may want to bring bug spray and/or wear long sleeves/pants.
Check the forecast and dress for the weather! Layers recommended.
Expect mud, wet/slippery terrain and possible standing water over the route in some sections. Proper footwear(such as waterproof boots) advised! Hiking poles can be helpful in these types of conditions(but not required).
Bring Water and maybe a light snack. We will make a few BRIEF stops during the hike.
Usual disclaimers: Our route is hilly and rugged. We will be climbing steep uphills and descending steep downhills on uneven, loose, wet, possibly wet, muddy, and slippery terrain - with rocks and tree roots. Leaves and branches will be covering the trails and may make footing difficult. It may be necessary to duck under and/or climb over a few fallen trees. We may go off-trail a few times. Wet and muddy conditions are possible. Standing water over some sections of the trail is also possible. Proper Footwear is advised!
***** Meeting Location, Directions, etc. *****
We'll meet at Bald Mountain State Recreation Area(North Unit) in the parking lot where Harmon and W. Predmore Roads intersect.
The GPS coordinates are:[masked], [masked]
NOTE: Do NOT try to find the meeting location by entering "Bald Mountain" into a GPS unit. It will likely NOT guide you to the meeting location!!!
Map of Bald Mountain North Area Google Map:
Bald Mountain State Recreation Area DNR Website: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?type=SPRK&id=435#map-tab
From Lapeer Rd(M-24):
Turn east onto Silverbell Rd. Follow Silverbell Rd east to Adams Rd. Turn left(north) onto Adams Rd. Follow Adams Rd north until it ends at Stony Creek Rd. Turn right(east) onto Stony Creek Rd. After about 500 feet, turn left onto Harmon Rd. The parking lot will be on the left(west) in about a 1/2 mile - where W. Predmore Rd intersects Harmon Rd.
Exit onto Adams Rd North. Follow Adams Rd north until it ends at Stony Creek Rd. Turn right(east) onto Stony Creek Rd. After about 500 feet, turn left onto Harmon Rd. The parking lot will be on the left(west) in about a 1/2 mile - where Predmore Rd intersects Harmon Rd.
From Downtown Rochester:
Go north on Rochester Rd(Main Street). Turn left onto Orion Rd and go northwest. Turn right onto Adams Rd. See above for remaking directions.
This is a Michigan State Recreation Area(state park). A Michigan Recreation Passport is required!
This event may be canceled or modified due to lack of interest, weather and/or trail conditions at the time of the event. Check this website for updates before leaving!!!!!