North Country/Manistee River Trail Backpacking
with 1/2 Day Kayaking - Michigan
September 19-22, 2018
Trip Leaders: Steve Kinch and Janice Windes
Type of Trip: Backpacking and Kayaking
Cancellation Date and full payment: August 19, 2018
Maximum number: 8
Minimum number: 7
Wilderness Level: 3 - more than 2 hrs away from emergency response
Difficulty: Moderate - 8-11 mile maximum
Come join us on this 4-day kayaking/backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan. We will meet at 6:00 am and drive the club van to Pine River Paddlesports Center, Wellston, MI where we will start our adventure. We will rent kayaks for a 4-5-hour float adventure from Hoydenpyle Dam to Red Bridge takeout on the Manistee River. We will float the same section of the river that we will hike around the next 2 days. We can explore some of the campsites we may utilize as we float by at a leisurely pace. We will be transported back to camp at Paddlesports campground for the first night of our trip. We will go into Baldwin Michigan for some pizza and entertainment.
The next morning, after breakfast, we will load the van and make our way to the North Country Trail and hike this day for 7-11 miles to find our 2nd nights camp. The hiking will primarily be through a dense hardwood forest with a few short hills.
The 3rd day will be the jewel of the trip. The views from the trail will overlook the river we just paddled a few days prior. We will have stunning vistas of the river and the forested west shore. We will cross a wooden replica of the mighty Mackinaw Bridge and continue hiking the east side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 3rd day.
The 4th day we will hike back to the van for the ride to Indianapolis. We might cover 3-6 miles.
The club will provide 2 dinners. Each hiker should be prepared to carry some extra weight as we divide up the group food and equipment. Hikers are responsible for all meals in transit, and his/her breakfast each day as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.