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New Years Weekend Cabin Trip
Ring in the new year up north on a hiking, cross country skiing, or downhill skiing trip at a secluded cabin on Higgins Lake. We'll meet Saturday December 29th for 3 nights at an airbnb on Higgins Lake. (It's optional to stay for all 3 nights, but Saturday December 29th, Sunday December 30th, and Monday December 31st (New Years Eve), are all reserved. The total cost is $25 per person for all 3 nights if we fill the cabin. (The price will go up slightly if we don't fill it, but we filled it last year!) There are enough beds for 34 people, plus a few couch/floor spots. This trip is set up so that everyone can come and go at the cabin, and do whatever activities that you'd like in smaller groups. I put together an itinerary that the group can follow, feel free to do part of it, or just meet us for dinner in the evenings instead. Many hiking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and tubing options are all available near the cabin. These include: Hartwick Pines State Park http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=453&type=SFCG , the Mason Tract Pathway http://www.michiganskiblog.com/mason-tract-pathway/ , cross country skiing headquarters in Roscommon https://www.cross-country-ski.com/ , cross country or downhill skiing at Hanson Hills in Grayling http://www.hansonhills.org/ , Wakely Lake foot travel area, https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-detail/wakeley-lake-huron-national-forest/ , Cleary Hill, the Marl Lake trail https://www.michigantrailmaps.com/member-detail/south-higgins-lake-state-park-marl-lake-trail/, and an abandoned ski hill near Grayling for tubing, so bring a tube if you want to go! The earliest that we can check into the Airbnb (cabin) is at 4 pm on Saturday December 29th, so feel free to show up then or meet on Saturday December 29th at 9:30 am at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon to rent skiis and do some cross country skiing. (approx. $30 for the weekend to rent skis.) https://www.cross-country-ski.com/ We'll then head over to the Mason Tract to ski there, and if time we'll ski part of the Wakely Lake trails. The ski headquarters also has trails if you'd rather ski there. On Sunday December 30th, we can ski or hike the trails at Hartwick Pines, and then some of us can head to the breweries that are close by. (Dead Bear Brewing Company http://www.deadbearbrewing.beer/ and Paddle Hard Brewery http://www.paddlehardbrewing.com/home/. ) On Monday, December 31st, we'll head to an old ski hill near Grayling to do some tubing, try some downhill skiing at Hanson Hills in Grayling, (a very cheap and beginner friendly ski place), explore some trails at Marl Lake or at Cleary Hill. For dinner Saturday and Sunday, feel free to cook at the airbnb, which has a full kitchen including a stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishes/silverware, and a coffee maker. On New Years Eve, we'll have a large potluck for everyone. (We can also have a potluck the other nights too if we have extra food). Please post in the event what you'd like to bring for the potluck. We'll also have a champagne toast at midnight (Included in the $25 sign up fee.) The cabin is fully furnished, (minus pillows, bed sheets and blankets, so please bring a blanket or a sleeping bag, along with a pillow and sheets.) There's a large room with plenty of tables and chairs to ring in New Years, 5 bathrooms, and another large room with a fireplace and couches. The place is on 40 acres right on Higgins Lake, where you can also hike on the nearby trails on the property. There's plenty of room to play board and card games. Please bring games if you have them. (Cards Against Humanity, Settlers of Catan were favorites but if you have something fun please bring it!) There's also wifi for anyone without service. Check out time is at noon on Tuesday January 1st. Please paypal or send a check for $25 to reserve your spot for the trip. Message me for payment details. Thanks !

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New Years Cabin

116 Westminister Drive · Roscommon, mi

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Join the group for hiking, backpacking and kayaking trips in northern Michigan. Weekend backpacking trips include the Porcupine Mountains, Pictured Rocks, Manistee River trail, Jordan valley trail, North Manitou island, North Country trail, and Isle Royale. Weekend kayaking trips include the sturgeon, manistee, boardman, platte, au sable, 2 hearted, manistique and the pine. Weekend day hiking trips, (on the weekends when backpacking or kayaking trips aren't scheduled), include parts of the Jordan Valley Pathway, Shingle Mill Pathway, North Country Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Nordhouse Dunes, Hartwick Pines, Sand Lakes Quiet Area, and areas of the U.P. I'd also like to do some local small hikes or winter activities during the week after 5 pm, if there is enough interest. I also organize some snowshoeing and cross country skiing winter weekend trips.

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