• Porcupine Mountains Wilderness SP & Sylvania Wilderness, UP, MI, September 1-6, 2019

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness SP & Sylvania Wilderness, UP, MI, September 1-6, 2019

  • 01 Sep 2019
  • 06 Sep 2019
  • Porcupine Mt Wilderness SP, UP, MI

Effective on all 2019 trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel, even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the roster (i.e. who stay on the waitlist) will not be charged the fee.
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 

and Sylvania Wilderness

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

September 1-6, 2019

Co-Trip Leaders: Elden Hartman and Roger Coulter

Type of Trip: Paddling/Backpacking/Sightseeing

Trip Cost/Deposit: $360/$180

Cancellation Date and full payment: July 5, 2019

Wilderness Level: 2 Medium Risk

Trip Difficulty: Beginner to Moderate Level

Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults and Teenagers, 14 or older with experience


  • 18 miles total possible (mostly optional) / 7 miles daily max (mostly optional) 
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness; Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
  • Moderate and Rugged Trails in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Easy Trails in Sylvania Wilderness


  • 12 miles total possible (4 miles mandatory)8 miles daily max (optional)
  • wearing PDF required when leader directs.
  • Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.
  • Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot: Yes
  • Challenges from wind & waves Possible
  • Portages: Longest portage on the optional loop paddle trips would be .5 (1/2) mile. Most are .1 to .2 (one to two-tenths) of mile. Terrain on the portages is easy with very little elevation change.  

We will meet at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at a retail store parking lot where multiple-night parking is allowed. We will travel in the club’s van approximately 9 hours to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, bordering Lake Superior. We will spend 3 nights in an 8-bed (4 bunk beds) rustic cabin (no water or electricity) with a wood-burning stove and outhouse. During our two full days at the park, we will do some optional hiking on trails 2 to 8 miles in length, rated moderate to rugged. On Wednesday morning we will drive 45 miles to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest, near Watersmeet, MI. The Sylvania Wilderness Recreation Area is 18,000 acres of beautiful pristine old growth forests, 24 lakes and 25 miles of hiking and portage trails. There are several options for camping, either in the park campground or in designated campsites on one of the lakes. There are hiking trails and canoeing loop trails we can explore. We could also take a trip into civilization and visit the resort town of Eagle River, WI about 20 miles from Sylvania Wilderness. Some canoeing experience is recommended for Sylvania Wilderness. Experience and conditioning to hike rugged trails is recommended for Porcupine Mountains. The canoeing loop trips and rugged hikes will be optional, and we will avoid canoeing long distances in windy conditions. All meals and snacks will be provided except for lunch on way to Porcupine Mountains, lunch on way home, and lunch in Eagle River if we go there. We will leave Sylvania Wilderness early on Friday, September 6, 2019 and drive home. The average temperatures in the UP of MI during first week of September are highs in the upper 60’s and lows in the mid-50’s.

All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

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