• North Country Trail/Manistee River, Michigan, June 19-21, 2020

North Country Trail/Manistee River, Michigan, June 19-21, 2020

  • 19 Jun 2020
  • 21 Jun 2020
  • North Country Trail, Michigan


  • Deposit Trip Fee Payment is due at sign up. Any remaining balance of the Deposit Trip Fee Payment is due January 18, 2020. After this date, the event goes public and any partial deposit entries have the potential to be moved to the wait list.
  • Wait List Payment is due at sign up. This registration DOES NOT QUARANTEE a place on the trip. You will be notified when space becomes available.


North Country Trail/Manistee River


June 19-21, 2020

Co-Trip Leaders: Janice Windes and Steve Kinch

Type of Trip: Backpacking

Trip Cost/Deposit: $125/$75

Cancellation Date and full payment: May 19, 2020

Wilderness Level: 3

Trip Difficulty: Difficult - Approx 23 miles; Avg 7-8 miles/day Trip

Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

Come join us on this 3-day weekend backpack trip in the Manistee National Forest of Lower Michigan.  We will meet and drive the club van to Red River Bridge to start our adventure.  The 1st day we will hike 3-5 miles on the Manistee River Trail and make camp.  This short hike will wet our appetite for the next day’s hike. 

The 2nd day will be the jewel of the trip.  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 on the west side of Manistee River. We will cover 8-10 miles on the 2nd day and camp near Eddington Creek on the North Country Trail.

Day 3 we will hike the NCT back to the van for the ride to Indianapolis.  We will cover 7-9 miles.

The club will provide 2 breakfasts and 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, as well as snacks and lunches on the trail.

We will leave Northern Indianapolis area (Location TBD) approx. 8 am for the 5.5 hour drive.  

Previous backpacking experience required.  You should be comfortable carrying 25-35 lb. backpack for an average of 8 miles a day and an elevation of 1000 feet.  We will have a shakedown on 5/16/20 at Turkey Run State Park and those signing up for this trip should plan to attend the shakedown. 

Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com.

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

Effective on all 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 active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee. 

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