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    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 13 Aug 2022
    • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 33303 Headquarters Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953
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    Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

    & Sylvania Wilderness

    Ontonagon, MI

    August 6-13, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Elden Hartman and Linda Conti

    Type of Trip: Backpacking/Paddle

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $444/$222

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 6, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2.5 - EMS accessible most of the time within 1-2 hours or at other tines within 1/2 day 

    Trip Difficulty: Moderate and Rugged; Possible 13 mile hike option; 2-8 miles of hiking; PDF required; 

    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: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    We will depart from the south side or west side of Indianapolis early in the morning a 6 passenger Chevrolet Silverado with a covered bed.  We will drive to the Upper Peninsula of MI, to the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park near Ontonagon, MI, where we will spend four nights in a rustic cabin with 4 bunkbeds near the shores of Lake Superior. We will spend three days exploring the park and hiking some of the beautiful trails in the park, including the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area, the Escarpment Trail, Presque Isle River Waterfalls loop, Summit Peak Observation Tower, Union Mine Trail, and others. Early on Wednesday morning, we will drive 70 miles south to Sylvania Wilderness in Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, MI. We will camp three nights in a primitive wilderness campsite on Clark Lake, about a 45 minute paddle (and no portaging) from our entry point, and take some day paddles or hikes from our base camp there. Sylvania Wilderness is a beautiful and pristine area of 18,000 acres, with 34 lakes, and 25 miles of hiking trails. The portages are well-maintained and easy trails of short to moderate length. We will leave our campsite on Clark Lake early on Saturday morning, paddle back to the landing, and start our trip home.

    The trip fee will include all meals and snacks from Saturday night through Friday night. The trip leader will provide the stoves, fuel, cook gear, eating and drinking cups, plates, and eating utensils. There will be weight and space restrictions on what you can bring. The club leader will bring all the food and gear needed for the trip. You will just need to bring a sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent, and a minimal amount of clothes and toiletries. Bulky foam pads, seats and chairs are discouraged because of weight and space reasons, and cans and bottles are prohibited pursuant to National Forest regulations


    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. 


    • 13 Aug 2022
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • Brown County, IN
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    Lighten Your Load on the Trail 

    Workshop and Overnight Hike

    Brown County, IN

    August 13-14, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders:  Leslie Green

    Type of Trip: Food/Hiking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $65/$65

    Cancellation Date and full payment: July 13, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 2

    Trip Difficulty: Easy/Beginner

    Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

    Level 1: Applies to trips in which we carry only day packs and stay on maintained trails. Hiking distances range from 3-6 mile, and elevation gain can be as much as 2000 feet. You should be comfortable hiking 3-6 miles in a day with considerable gain/loss on good trails.

    Group Size: 10/8 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults and Youth 16+ with Adult

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    Have you complained and labored with the weight of your backpack? Do you come home from a hike with a pack full of extra stuff you didn’t even use?  Are you new to backpacking and don’t know what to bring?  This hands-on training session will give you techniques, tricks, tools, and tips to reduce the weight you carry on the trail.  Then you’ll put your new-found knowledge (and gear) to the test with an overnight hike.  We will use some of the ideas of the ultralight hiking gurus without risking comfort or safety.  This trip could be good for beginning backpackers that haven’t yet invested in equipment and can use the information to select the best, lightest gear. The session includes:

    • Making and using your own alcohol stove cook kit
    • Making a ditty bag of camp essentials at less than 8 ounces
    • Making a personal first aid kit
    • Determining your clothing system for various seasons
    • Evaluating your sleep system and shelter system – examining options
    • Evaluating water treatment systems and the lightest weight options for various situations
    • Creating a menu that provides tasty, substantive nutrition and energy without weighing you down
    • Learning what things weigh zero in your pack

    The cost of the workshop and trip includes lunch, dinner, breakfast, and snacks; a new cook kit (stove, pan, lid, wind screen) that you will create, fuel for cooking and a ditty bag with toiletries & a first aid kit that you will assemble.  You’ll also receive a resource guide that you can use after the trip.

    We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon on Saturday in a location to be determined in Brown County and then take an overnight hike to the Fox Den on the Tecumseh Trail.

    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. 


    • 15 Aug 2022
    • 24 Aug 2022
    • Isle Royale National Park, Grand Portage, MN

    Backpacking Isle Royale National Park

    Grand Portage, MN

    August 15-24, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: Bob Hart, Barb Shanks and Jimmy Hodges

    Type of Trip: Backpacking

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $845/$495

    Cancellation Date and full payment: June 15, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 4 - Very high risk with EMS, more than 1/2 day away         

    Trip Difficulty: Strenuous: 45-50 miles. Some long days over hard/rocky trails.

    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.

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only and Experienced Backpacker ONLY

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    Overview:  Isle Royale is North America’s least visited, but most re-visited National Park. This will be a 10-day trip including 4 travel days due to the distance from Indiana to Minnesota. We will be backpacking the length of the Isle Royal primarily on the Greenstone Trail (with some deviations) over 6 days and 5 nights.  Our backpacking trip begins at Windigo Ranger station and will end at Rock Harbor or 3 Mile Camp. 

    Itinerary:  We will leave the Indianapolis area at 8:00 AM on August 15 and stay in a motel en-route, in Wisconsin.  Continue to Grand Portage area the following day.  Upon arrival to Grand Portage we will visit the Grand Portage National Monument.  A stop at the Heritage Center, with two floors of exhibits and a series of short feature films, will show us the importance of the partnership between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the Northwest Company during the North American fur trade.  We will take a short hike on the Mount Rose loop trail for a stunning overlook of the historic depot, Grand Portage Bay and Mount Josephine.  Stay in Motel again that night. 

    On August 17 we’ll embark on the Voyager II Ferry to Windigo Harbor / Ranger Station where we register and will begin our hike.  Campsites include Island Mine, Hatchet, Chicken Bone (or possibly McCargo Cove), Daisy Farm and either 3 Mile or Rock Harbor. Daily backpacking distances estimated at 7-13 miles per day.  Water availability and ferry schedules are variables. 

    Meals:  Participants will bring, carry and prepare all of their own food.  Leaders will furnish Jet boils for heating water.  Also, each participant will be responsible for cleanup and carrying out their own trash.  Also, travel meals are on your own. More details and guidance will be provided as we get closer to our departure.

    Motel Rooms:  On the way up we will stay Monday night at Rice Lake Wisconsin, 3 rooms, with 2 per room.  On Tuesday night we stay at Grand Marais, MN, 3 rooms, with 2 per room.

    On the return trip we motel one night in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 3 rooms, 2 per room. 

    Clothing and Gear:  Prepare for rain and summer weather in the Lake Superior area.  Part of the hike will be on uneven-rock terrain requiring robust hiking boots.

    Preparations:  Participants must be experienced backpackers, in good physical shape and able to hike carrying a minimum of 30-35 lb. The amount of water we must carry will be 3-4 liters each.  We will be having a mandatory overnight backpacking shakedown hike to insure we are all ready for this trip.  Leaders will determine the readiness of each participant.

    Trip Price:  You must pay ½ of the trip price upfront and the balance by the cancellation date.  Trip price includes travel expenses, (we plan to rent a van), three nights lodging at motels while traveling to and from Minnesota, ferry fees, and daily use fees to be on the island.

    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. 


    • 20 Aug 2022
    • 28 Aug 2022
    • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 8901 Grand Avenue Pl, Duluth, MN 55808

    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

    Superior National Forest, MN

    August 20-28, 2022

    Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Janice Windes

    Type of Trip: Paddling

    Trip Cost/Deposit: $660/$330

    Cancellation Date and full payment: May 20, 2022

    Wilderness Level: 4 - Very Remote   

    Trip Difficulty: Less than 50 miles paddling total; less than 10 miles paddling one day max; estimated 20+ portages less than a mile; terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

    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.

    Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

    Group Size: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

    Adults Only

    ***Before registering***

    While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

    Boundary Waters Canoe Trip, Superior National Forest, MN August 20-280, 2022

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over 1 million acres of wilderness where the glaciers left behind rugged cliffs, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and thousands of lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. This unique area is located in northeastern Minnesota along the Canadian border.  Join the crew for a week-long early fall trip paddling and portaging lightweight Kevlar canoes through this amazing wilderness enjoying the water, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and ending our days with the milky way stretching out overhead like a blanket.  This trip will be a combination of canoeing and portaging (hiking between bodies of water).  This is a level 4 trip due the remoteness of the area and physical requirements to paddle a canoe and carry gear and canoes.

    Who Should Participate in this Trip:

    This trip will be suited for those new to the Boundary Waters or those with canoe tripping experience.  The route is planned for a beginner friendly group. However you should have some backcountry camping experience. At times we will be two days or more from a road access.  You will need to be a good physical shape in order to carry weight over portages and be able camp in remote places over the better part of a week.  See prerequisites below.  If you want to experience wilderness travel at its best you’ll want to go canoe camping in the Boundary Waters.  If needed, Introduction to Canoe Camping can be your qualifying event. 

    Prerequisites:

    • Introduction to Canoe Camping or similar experience (check with leaders)
    • Ability to Carry 40-45 lb. Packs and Canoes Over Portages.
    •  A pre-trip meeting may be necessary to go over gear needs, packing requirements and trip logistics in general.   

      The two day ride up will allow for a relaxed drive, overnighting at a Wisconsin hotel providing an opportunity to organize personal and crew gear saving time at the outfitters in Ely.  We’ll also have time to stop in Duluth and have more time in Ely before bunking down the night to get a good night’s rest before hitting the water.  After we come off the water we’ll get showers at the outfitters, eat lunch in Ely and start the two day drive back home.

      Those going on the trip should attend the canoe trip training weekend.

      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. 


      • 16 Sep 2022
      • 18 Sep 2022
      • Jackson-Washington State Forest 127878 E. S.R. 250 Brownstown, IN 47220
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      Knobstone Trail Weekend

      Southern Indiana

      April 8-10, 2022

      September 16 - 18, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Will Eshelman and Steve Kinch

      Type of Trip: Backpacking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $40/$40

      Cancellation Date and full payment: March 8, 2022; October 16, 2022

      Wilderness Level: 3 - typical meetup day event in good weather setting with cell coverage         

      Trip Difficulty: Rugged - 29 miles total with 12 miles one day max with steep elevation gains and descents

      Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

      Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

      Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

      Adults Only

      ***Before registering***

      While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

      The Knobstone Trail gets its rugged character and name from the ridge of bluffs and knobs (hills) known as the Knobstone Escarpment.  This trip we will start at the New Chapel access and hike 29 miles south to the Spurgeon Lake access. 

      This 3 day trip on the Knobstone trail is an intermediate backpacking trip.  Previous backpacking experience is required.  While a moderate terrain, the trails of the Knobstone are quite strenuous.  You should be comfortable backpacking with a 25-35 lb. backpacks an average of 10 miles a day. This is an average, we may hike as much as 12. We will also have an elevation each day of up to 1500 feet.  We will have a shakedown hike on April 2 at a location in Morgan Monroe State Forest. Those signing up for this trip should plan to attend the shakedown.

      The plan is to meet at the Spurgeon trail head and shuttle to New Chapel early Friday morning.  Water may need to be cached beforehand depending on the trail conditions and the leaders will evaluate to ensure we have adequate water. We will navigate the many ridges and ravines of the Knobstone over three days and we will end at the Spurgeon Lake trailhead Sunday afternoon.

      Participants are responsible for all meals and for own transportation to the trail head

      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. 


      • 30 Sep 2022
      • 07 Oct 2022
      • Laurel Highland Hiking Trail, Ohiopyle, PA
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      Laurel Highland Hiking Trail

      Ohiopyle, PA 

      September 30 - October 7, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Nanette Eshelman and Will Eshelman

      Type of Trip: Backpacking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $275/$135

      Cancellation Date and full payment: June 30, 2022

      Wilderness Level: 3 - typical meetup day event in good weather setting with cell coverage         

      Trip Difficulty: Rugged - 75 total miles with 14 max per day

      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.

      Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

      Group Size: 7/7 Maximum/Minimum

      Adults Only

      ***Before registering***

      While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

      The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70- mile hiking and backpacking trail from Ohiopyle to near Johnstown, PA. The trail has 8 shelter areas which feature Adirondack style shelters and tent sites which are occupied by reservation only. Each shelter & tenting area has access to water pumps, toilets and trash cans. The 3-sided shelters have a fireplace at the open end and comfortably sleep 4 adults. The trail has diverse terrain and travels thru dark pine forests, thick Laurel groves, massive rock features and a few high elevation views. If our timing is right, the Fall colors will be popping. Both ends of the trail are strenuous, but many sections are easy hiking.


      Our lodging on our travel day will be in rustic cabins in Ohiopyle State Park. The next morning our shuttle will leave Ohiopyle to MM70 in Seward. A climb of 5.1 miles and 1300 ft. elevation gain will take us to our first overnight at Decker Shelter. The next section is an easy 8 miles plus a side trip to the water pump at the trailhead parking area. Our miles per day will increase (three 14-mile days) as will our views of rocky passageways and mossy gardens. Sections of cathedral-like pines will give a soft carpeted footing and the miles go quickly. The trail goes thru the Seven Springs Ski Resort and the views are beautiful. The final 6 miles has more challenging terrain and rocky footing, but the reward is the scenic overlook of the Youghiogheny River and the railroad. We will have earned a stop for lunch at the Falls Creek Pub before our trip home.

      Fee covers all cabin and shelter rentals, transportation to and from Indianapolis in a van rental, and shuttle to the trail head. Participants are responsible for their own meals. There will be a shakedown hike on August 6 to test our trail readiness and evaluate gear needs.

      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. 


      • 01 Oct 2022
      • 07 Oct 2022
      • Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI 49768
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      North Country TrailUpper Peninsula, MI

      Tahquamenon Falls State Park - Grand Marais

      October 1-7, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Dave Hoffmeyer and Bob Klecka

      Type of Trip: Backpacking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $400/$280

      Cancellation Date and full payment: July 1, 2022

      Wilderness Level: 3 - minimal cell phone coverage

      Trip Difficulty: Moderate; 1200 ft elevation gain total; 500 ft for 1 day

      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: 8/6 Maximum/Minimum

      Adults Only

      ***Before registering***

      While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

      Join us for 5 days of hiking on The North Country National Scenic Trail in The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This trip is scheduled to be at the same time as peak fall color. Participants will receive credit for 58 of the 100 Miles for the North Country Trail hike 100 challenge.

      The hike is 5 days long covering 58 miles. Daily mileage is 10-12 miles with one 14.5-mile day. While there are some hills the terrain is fairly gentle for a trip of this long with uphill portions being rather short. 32 of the 58 miles follow the beautiful Lake Superior Shoreline. We will begin at Tahquamenon Falls State Park after camping there the first night and the hike will end at the trail town of Grand Marais Michigan before heading home on Saturday the 8th. For Ernest Hemingway fans, we will be camping one night at the mouth of the Big Two Hearted River.

      3 nights of camping will be in State Parks, 1 in a State Forest Campground and 2 will be dispersed backcountry camping. Transportation includes gas reimbursement for two private vehicles. All meals are the responsibility of the participant. There will not be cell phone coverage for much of the hike, but your trip leaders will have emergency communication devices. Overnight backpacking experience is required with daily mileage of 10 or more.

      Itinerary

      • October 1st Drive from Indianapolis to Tahquamenon Falls State Park 8.5 hours, stop for lunch on the way. Camp in State Park
      • October 2nd Begin Hike NCT Mile 431 to Mile 419, 12 miles Dispersed camp.
      • October 3rd Hike NCT Mile 419 to Mouth of Two Hearted SF Campground Mile 409.5 9.5 miles.
      • October 4th Hike NCT Mile 409.5 to 395.5, 14 miles. Camp Muskallonge Lake State Park.
      • October 5th Hike Mile 395.5 to Mile 380.5 15 Miles Dispersed Camp
      • October 6th Hike Mile 380.5 to Mile 370.5 10.5 miles Woodland Park Campground Grand Marais, Showers! and Restaurants. Voyageurs hotel 2 rooms Conf 
      • October 7th Return to Indianapolis 9-hour drive.

      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. 


      • 12 Oct 2022
      • 16 Oct 2022
      • Bee Rock Campground, London, KY
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      Sheltowee Trace-Bee Rock to Cumberland Falls

      London, Kentucky

      October 12-16, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Sharon Williams

      Type of Trip: Backpacking and Day Hiking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $320/$160

      Cancellation Date and full payment: September 12, 2022

      Wilderness Level: 3 

      Trip Difficulty: Strenuous - 14 mile per day maximum with significant elevation gains and losses

      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.

      Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

      Group Size: 8/8 Maximum/Minimum

      Adults Only

      ***Before registering***

      While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

      This trip is part adventure and part relaxation.  We will start with a backpacking trip and end at the Cumberland Falls State Park where we will have our own private cabins for two nights.

      The Sheltowee Trace is a long trail through the national forests in Kentucky and Tennessee. We will hike some of the most scenic parts of the trail for about 22 trail miles in addition to day- hiking 10 or more miles in the park areas we are visiting.  After an earlymorning departure from Indianapolis on Wednesday, we will arrive at Bee Rock Campground near London, Kentucky to set up our campsite a few feet away from the Rockcastle River. Then we will have plenty of time to explore the scenic views of the rocks and cliffs in the area. Day two we will hike south on the Sheltowee to reach the Holly Bay campground eight miles later. We can explore the lakeshore and enjoy the fall foliage before having our trail dinner at our campsite. Our third day hike will cover 14 miles, mostly along the Cumberland River ending at Cumberland Falls State Park. We’ll check into our two-bedroom cabins and have dinner at the Dupont Lodge, known to be one of the most beautiful state park lodges. Sunday after breakfast at the lodge we will continue to explore the state park including the Cumberland Falls trail.  After a day of hiking, we will come back to our cabins for a relaxing evening. We can eat at the lodge or perhaps find local restaurant nearby. After breakfast on Sunday, we will start back for Indiana and arrive home by early afternoon. 

      The trip cost includes shared transportation, two breakfasts and two dinners on the trail, camping fees for two nights, and a semi-private room with your own queen bed in a cabin for two nights.  Participants are responsible for meals on the road and while at the lodge.


      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. 


      • 18 Nov 2022
      • 20 Nov 2022
      • Whitewater State Park, 1418 S. State Road 101 Liberty, IN 47353
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      Singing, Hiking and Fossil Hunting Weekend

      Whitewater Memorial State Park, Liberty IN

      November 18-20, 2022

      Co-Trip Leaders: Jill Whelan and Diane Osborn

      Type of Trip: Social and Hiking

      Trip Cost/Deposit: $90/$45

      Cancellation Date and full payment: October 21, 2022

      Wilderness Level: 2 -- spotty cell service coverage         

      Trip Difficulty: Easy

      Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

      Level 1: Applies to trips in which we carry only day packs and stay on maintained trails. Hiking distances range from 3-6 mile, and elevation gain can be as much as 2000 feet. You should be comfortable hiking 3-6 miles in a day with considerable gain/loss on good trails.

      Group Size: 9/8 Maximum/Minimum

      Adults Only

      ***Before registering***

      While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

      SINGING! FOSSIL HUNTING! HIKING! – What do these activities have in common? Well, if you join us at Whitewater Memorial State Park on Friday November 18-Sunday November 20, you will be able to do all three. We will stay in two of the family cabins at Whitewater Memorial State Park, which is located in Liberty, Indiana near Brookville Lake. Group singing and music-making will be a prime feature of the weekend, and all participants are encouraged to bring any portable instruments that they may play (including spoons, sticks, shakers, etc.) and some of their favorite songs to share/teach! In between music sessions, we will go out fossil-hunting along the road cuts on the way into Brookville, where we will have lunch (either at a restaurant or at a picnic area sharing snacks/foods we have brought along – depends on weather and the desires of the group), and we can also do some leisurely hiking around the park.  Singing around the campfire in the evening will be an added delight!

      The trip fee covers cabin lodging, firewood, 2 large breakfasts (including hot coffee, teas, and cocoa) and Saturday dinner. Participants will need to pay for their own lunches in town on Saturday if we decide to eat out, their entry into the park (currently $7 or State Park pass), and will bring along their own Friday dinner (or eat before coming), a favorite snack or dessert item to share with the group during the weekend, and any cold drinks desired. Details of what personal items to bring along, when to arrive at the park, which cabins we will be using, and any other info will be sent to participants after the cancellation date. (Note: The cabins do have stairs up to the door from the walkway, and to get from the living/dining area to the restroom, so they are not accessible to those who cannot do 4-5 stairs.)

      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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