Manitou Island - Between Sunrise and Sunset
July 28 - August 1, 2020
Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayres and Bob Klecka
Type of Trip: Backpacking
Trip Cost/Deposit: $220/$110
Cancellation Date and full payment: June 29, 2020
Wilderness Level: 4
Trip Difficulty: Moderate - 6-8 miles per day
Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment
Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.
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: 10/9 Maximum/Minimum
We will meet at 7:00 pm,Tuesday July 28, 2020 in Indy and drive to Ludington, MI to get motel room. Wednesday we will finish the drive to Leland . Board the ferry and take hour long boat ride to North Manitou Island. After meeting the Ranger we will start our hike. We will have three campsites and hiking will be 4-6 miles a day. The loop is 13.5 miles but there will be opportunity for exploring and side hikes.
To really enjoy and appreciate the history of the island I recommend picking up copy and reading the book Between Sunrise and Sunset by Rita Hadra Rusco. She lived on the island and knew many of the people and history of the island.
Island is very scenic and there are some of the homes and structures we will find along the way. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing. This is not high mileage trip so come and enjoy the island and kickback and enjoy time on the beach. You will need to bring your own lunches while on the island. All breakfast and dinners while on the island are included. Ferry tickets and all park fees are also included.
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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.