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Old March 4th, 2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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Has anybody hiked parts of the North Country Trail?

What should I expect with terrain, population, camping areas, etc.....

Thinking about taking a week off this summer and going hiking with the boy.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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which leg of it?
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i biked part of it near Cadillac, cant remember exactly where. but there was a ton of elevation change in it.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #4
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which leg of it?

I'm thinking the Western Michigan Chapter, and maybe the Spirit of the Woods Chapter, just north of the Western.
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Ask this guy... http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/...2#.UxYttIUSrQg
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i believe it goes thru the northern highland of michigan and that whole stretch north of west branch (lets say) is hilly and there are a couple mountains, not that they go up them but elevation changes can be extreme for a younger kid, probally mostly sandy and lose rocks on a good portion of it...... never walk it just from experience in the areas around it.
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I have done about 20 miles of it near Baldwin.
Don't know what else to say about it. Its just a trail in the woods. it goes past a few lakes. And campgrounds.
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Take a look at the MRT (Manistee River Trail). You can do a full loop from Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge, then back up to Hodenpyl. The NCT is tougher, and away from the water, but high enough to eliminate some of the bug issues you run into in other areas. The MRT is just real pretty. They both thin out good after the first part of summer.

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I love the view at campsite #6. Watch for Bald Eagles, large nesting area south of Red Bridge, which is why there is no hiking on the east side.
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i believe it goes thru the northern highland of michigan and that whole stretch north of west branch (lets say) is hilly and there are a couple mountains, not that they go up them but elevation changes can be extreme for a younger kid, probally mostly sandy and lose rocks on a good portion of it...... never walk it just from experience in the areas around it.
Mountains in michigan?
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I second the MRT Loop, as well as the NCT that connects from high bridge to tippy and then up to Red Bridge. The Manistee River Trail is my favorite though, a good weekend Trip is canoeing from hodenpyle to red bridge, then hiking back up.
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I second the MRT Loop, as well as the NCT that connects from high bridge to tippy and then up to Red Bridge. The Manistee River Trail is my favorite though, a good weekend Trip is canoeing from hodenpyle to red bridge, then hiking back up.
Yep, the MRT is one of those places where you can quickly destress. One of my favorite trails in Michigan.
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Take a look at the MRT (Manistee River Trail). You can do a full loop from Hodenpyl Dam to Red Bridge, then back up to Hodenpyl. The NCT is tougher, and away from the water, but high enough to eliminate some of the bug issues you run into in other areas. The MRT is just real pretty. They both thin out good after the first part of summer.

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http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5373964.pdf

I love the view at campsite #6. Watch for Bald Eagles, large nesting area south of Red Bridge, which is why there is no hiking on the east side.
Pretty sure this is the same loop my wife and I did a few years ago. Loved it. Camped on the side of the trail in a small clearing.
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Anybody that actually considers that a mountain has never actually been to the mountains. It is a whopping 1900'
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Anybody that actually considers that a mountain has never actually been to the mountains. It is a whopping 1900'
You are both correct and incorrect at the same time. That's your accomplishment for the day.

"There is no universally accepted definition of a mountain. Elevation, volume, relief, steepness, spacing and continuity have been used as criteria for defining a mountain.[1] In the Oxford English Dictionary a mountain is defined as "a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable"
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Anybody that actually considers that a mountain has never actually been to the mountains. It is a whopping 1900'

I don't disagree....but they are classified as mountains and they are in Michigan
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I second the MRT Loop, as well as the NCT that connects from high bridge to tippy and then up to Red Bridge. The Manistee River Trail is my favorite though, a good weekend Trip is canoeing from hodenpyle to red bridge, then hiking back up.
I agree...some of my favorite areas. We float fished that section last year and it was awesome.

FF...let me know how it goes.....gonna try and spend more time north this year and less working.
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Sorry, the MRT is closed.
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I agree...some of my favorite areas. We float fished that section last year and it was awesome.

FF...let me know how it goes.....gonna try and spend more time north this year and less working.
Will do.............I'll keep you in the loop.

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