Explorer's Guide: 50 Hikes in Michigan: Sixty Walks, Day Trips, and Backpacks in the Lower Peninsula

Explorer's Guide: 50 Hikes in Michigan: Sixty Walks, Day Trips, and Backpacks in the Lower Peninsula

by Jim DuFresne

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Overview

In the this completely revised third edition of the classic hiking guide to Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, noted outdoor writer Jim DuFresne leads hikers on sixty hikes through the state’s unequaled system of national and state parks, natural areas, and wilderness tracts, where the scenery and trails are as varied as anywhere in the country.


Hikes range from 1.5 miles to 23 miles, from easy day hikes to extended island backpacking adventures. Complementing the trail descriptions are the most accurate and up-to-date maps available. Hikers will learn where to find the best trailside fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing as well as where to go to find fall colors, spring wildflowers, and undisturbed backcountry camping.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581572063
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 05/26/2014
Series: Explorer's 50 Hikes Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 467,946
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jim DuFresne is an outdoor writer and columnist. His books on travel and outdoor recreation include 50 Hikes in Michigan, Michigan State Parks, Michigan: Off the Beaten Path, and Michigan's Best Outdoor Adventures with Children. He lives in Clarkston, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword 15

Acknowledgments 16

Introduction 17

Southeast Michigan

1 Graham Lakes Trail, Bald Mountain Recreation Area 30

2 Springlake Trail, Independence Oaks County Park 34

3 Wilderness Trail, Holly Recreation Area 39

4 Haven Hill Natural Area, Highland Recreation Area 44

5 Penosha Trail, Brighton Recreation Area 49

6 River and Blue Trails, Proud Lake Recreation Area 53

7 Crocked Lake Trail, Pinckney Recreation Area 58

8 Lakeview and Oak Woods Loop, Waterloo Recreation Area 62

Lake Huron

9 Port Crescent Trail, Port Crescent State Park 68

10 Toblco Marsh Trail, Bay City State Recreation Area 72

11 Sandy Hook Trail, Tawas Point State Park 78

12 Highbanks Trail, Huron National Forest 83

13 Reid Lake Foot Travel Area, Huron National Forest 88

14 Hoist Lakes Foot Travel Area, Huron National Forest 93

15 Chippewa Trail, Negwegon State Park 99

Heartland

16 Bishop's Bog Preserve Trail, Portage South-Central Greenway 106

17 Hall Lake Trail, Yankee Springs Recreation Area 110

18 Green Trail, Lake Lansing Park-North 115

19 Ledges Trail, Fitzgerald County Park 120

20 Maple River, Maple River State Game Area 125

21 Birch Grove Trail, Manistee National Forest 129

22 Pine Valleys Pathway, Pere Marquette State Forest 134

23 Silver Creek Pathway, Pere Marquette State Forest 139

24 Lost Twin Lakes Pathway, Au Sable State Forest 143

Lake Michigan

25 Mt. Randal Trail, Warren Dunes State Park 150

26 Warren Woods, Warren Woods Natural Area 155

27 Baldtop, Grand Mere Stale Park 159

28 Livingston Trail Loop, Saugatuck Dunes State Park 164

29 Homestead Trail, P. J. Hoffmaster State Park 169

30 Dune Ridge Trail, Muskegon State Park 175

31 Silver Lake Dunes Route, Silver Lake State Park 181

32 Ridge and Island Trails, Ludington State Park 187

33 Lighthouse Trail, Ludington State Park 192

34 Nordhouse Dunes, Nordbouse Dunes Wilderness Area 197

Sleeping Bear Dunes

35 Old Indian Trail, Steeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 204

36 Platte Plains Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 208

37 Empire Bluff Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 216

38 Dunes Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 219

39 Dunes Trail-Sleeping Bear Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 224

40 Alligator Hill Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 228

41 Pyramid Point Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 232

42 South Manitou Island, Steeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 237

43 North Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 245

44 Lake Michigan and Mud Lake Loop, Leelanau State Park 261

Pere Marquette

45 Manistee River Trail, Manistee National Forest 256

46 North Country Trail-Manistee Segment, Manistee National Forest 262

47 Marl Lake Trail, South Higgins Lake State Park 266

48 Lake Ann Pathway, Pare Marquette State Forest 270

49 Old Mission Point, Old Mission Point Park 275

50 Wakeley Lake, Wakeley Lake Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area 280

51 Mason Tract Pathway, Au Sable River State Forest 285

52 Au Sable River Foot Trail, Hartwick Pines State Park 291

53 Platte River Springs Pathway, Pere Marquette State Forest 296

Tip of the Mite

54 Thompson's Harbor, Thompson's Harbor State Park 302

55 Sinkholes Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest 306

56 Ocqueoc Falls Bicentennial Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest 310

57 Jordan River Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest 315

58 Shingle Mill Pathway, Pigeon River Country State Forest 322

59 Lighthouse Ruins Trail, Cheboygan State Park 327

60 Nebo Trail Loop, Wilderness State Park 332

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