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Backpack the Jordan River Pathway

Hike the Jordan River Pathway (18 miles) on Saturday and Sunday. There is a campground in the middle of the trail for Saturday night. Campground has vault toilet and hand pump for water. Camping fee is $13 per campsite, first-come, first serve.

The trailhead is at the end of Deadmans Hill Rd.

I have only done this trail counter-clockwise so this time I plan on doing it clock-wise. Ten miles on day one (Be forewarned...these hills can be strenuous at times) and 8 miles on day two. Be aware that the 8 mile day is a steady low grade climb over many miles.  This is not a trail for first timers! If you have not backpacked before then you need to go on a hike with your backpack loaded up (figure 30 pounds) at least 6 miles. Do this at least twice before you go on the Jordan River Trail. 

Do Jordan River Trail Jordan River Website: http://www.fishweb.com/maps/antrim/hike/jordan_river/index.html

MEMBERSHIP DUES MUST BE PAID TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, PLEASE. Those unpaid as of May 1 will be removed from this event.

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  • Danielle S.

    Hey Kelly. How do you reserve the campsite/ where do you pay the fee? I'm looking to go later this summer. Thanks!

    May 12, 2014

    • Kelly

      This is a first-come first-serve campground. You fill out and deposit payment in an envelope at the campground when you arrive.

      May 12, 2014

  • Kelly

    What a wonderful adventure with a great group of backpackers!

    May 11, 2014

  • Derek

    Great. My problems were of my own making. I'll get back into the groove, though.

    May 11, 2014

  • Bill

    Great time!

    May 11, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Had a great time! Beautiful, sweeping views, lots of laughter around the campfire, fantastic trip!

    May 11, 2014

  • Annette W.

    What a fabulous weekend! Special thanks to Bill and Mark, for sharing their water under desperate circumstances. Can't wait to go back sometime!

    May 11, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    We're past the fish hatchery.

    May 10, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    We're on Jordan river Rd, but we aren't sure where the trailhead is, any help?

    May 10, 2014

  • Derek

    I have room for 3 other people if anyone would like to carpool from GR area. If anyone would like to meet me/get to know me a little before accepting my offer, since I'm unknown to any of you, I am free to meet for coffee any evening this week except Friday, or I can meet Saturday morning or early afternoon. After that, I'm usually available every Thursday late afternoon or evening. Just let me know.

    March 11, 2014

    • Mark D.

      Derek, where are we meeting for the carpool w/ you, and when?

      May 9, 2014

    • Mark D.

      5/3rd lot I assume... 6:30am... :-(

      May 9, 2014

  • Derek

    Kelly, I can't remember what you said about water. Should I bring a filter, or is there a potable water source?

    May 8, 2014

    • Kelly

      There is potable water from a hand pump.

      May 8, 2014

    • Derek

      Thanks

      May 9, 2014

  • Mark D.

    It can't all be uphill...

    May 9, 2014

  • Matt B.

    Is there still room for one more person? I have a friend who is interested in going. She can also bring the $5 dues.

    May 7, 2014

    • Kelly

      That's fine Matt.

      May 7, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope it heals soon. I may have a friend who wants to come. If he brings $5 for dues, is there a problem with him coming?

    May 5, 2014

    • Kelly

      That's fine Sarah!

      May 5, 2014

  • Tim & C.

    We have to cancel due to Tim's knee injury, with possible surgery. Hopefully we can do it in October.

    May 4, 2014

  • Pat & P.

    I could use a ride if anyone has room?

    April 28, 2014

    • Pat & P.

      I will be at carpool 630

      May 4, 2014

    • Mark D.

      Awesome....looking forward to going up w/ you folks...fun times/discussions...

      May 5, 2014

  • Annette W.

    Kelly, I had planned to go up on Friday, but now it will be Saturday. I'll plan to meet the rest of you at the ballpark, so I can follow and not get lost.

    May 5, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Are we meeting at the trailhead by 10?

    May 4, 2014

  • Michal Ann Benedict E.

    My boots did not survive the AT a few weeks ago - soles loose (they ARE 10 years old) and I haven't had a chance to get to REI. Will look forward to another trip.

    May 3, 2014

  • Jeremy C.

    Sorry friends, I have to bow out. I was really looking forward to it but my ex will not work with me on picking up my daughter and we won't be done in time for me to pick her up on time. :-(

    May 3, 2014

    • Kelly

      Sorry to hear that Jeremy.

      May 3, 2014

  • Jeremy C.

    I don't see where I can check to see if I have paid the dues. Can someone let me know how I can check or if I have paid? Thanks

    April 10, 2014

    • Kelly

      Jeremy, the number below your name means your dues are paid through Sept 2014.

      April 10, 2014

    • Jeremy C.

      Thank you

      April 10, 2014

  • Derek

    The change works for me. Thanks for the update.

    March 24, 2014

  • Tim & C.

    We will be going up Friday to car camp if anyone wants to meet us.

    March 11, 2014

    • Bill

      Where are people camping on Friday night?

      March 22, 2014

    • Tim & C.

      We will be be going to Graves Crossing State Forest camp ground

      March 22, 2014

  • Philip L.

    I can't find anywhere to sent the $5 for dues no address on my tablet will pop up. Any help would be great.

    March 17, 2014

    • Philip L.

      Are most meet ups limited to 10? As it seems they fill up very fast. Do you think there will be more backpacking trips this summer? Island royal. Manitou island or other trips

      March 17, 2014

    • Kelly

      This group is usually very active during the summer. Check back often we are always adding new events and not all of them get announced through email. You'll notice that the backpacking trips usually have smaller RSVP limits compared to hikes. It is harder to find large camping spots if you have a large group backpacking.

      March 17, 2014

  • Derek

    How quickly do these fill up? I'm still new to Michigan so I don't have the knowledge of the area to organize one on my own. I backpacked year round in Colorado for several years, so I have experience. I just haven't done it in a while.

    March 4, 2014

  • Steve (Stephen) S.

    Thornapple River clean-up that weekend...

    February 26, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Great! Bella is very well behaved and has already been on a couple trips with me

    January 27, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    Could I bring my dog on this trip?

    January 26, 2014

    • Kelly

      I am fine with well behaved trail dogs.

      1 · January 27, 2014

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