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Old 03-27-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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Hey all,

We enjoy hiking, and currently live in a place where trails are plentiful and scenery is amazing. We'll likely be relocating to the Detroit/Troy area this summer.

So, my questions are...

1) Is hiking a popular activity in Michigan?
2) Is there a good selection of trails in southern MI, or are most in the north?
3) Can anybody recommend a good guide book?

Thanks,
Xtreme
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Hey all,

We enjoy hiking, and currently live in a place where trails are plentiful and scenery is amazing. We'll likely be relocating to the Detroit/Troy area this summer.

So, my questions are...

1) Is hiking a popular activity in Michigan?
2) Is there a good selection of trails in southern MI, or are most in the north?
3) Can anybody recommend a good guide book?

Thanks,
Xtreme
Hiking in Michigan is awesome, and that may be an understatement. There are way too many awesome places to mention, but the further north and west you go of Detroit the better. I know there are many places near Detroit, so Ill start with this one.
Pinckney State Recreation Area
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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Hiking in Michigan rocks, as the last poster said. There are a lot of folks in southeast Michigan who complain about the winter, traffic, and whatever else - but there is a big contingent of outdoor groups, running & cycling clubs, hiking groups, etc. Check out the REI in Troy when you get settled for nearby, local stuff to do.

In metro Detroit (Troy is part of the sprawly suburban stuff north of Detroit itself) some of your best bets are the "Huron-Clinton Metroparks" system for dayhikes, picnics, trail running, cross-country skiiing in winter, etc. The Waterloo-Pinckney trail runs through a huge state receation area west of metro Detroit (just past Ann Arbor) and is good for overnight backpacking, horsebackriding, and more extended stuff like that. Check out any of the numerous guidebooks written over the past few decades by Jim DuFresne. He's a long time Detroit Free Press outdoor recreation/travel writer, and probably has hiked every trail in the state a dozen times. Very good detail on specif trail routes, terrain, weather, seasons, wildlife and local plants you'll see, etc. The older books are obviously not accurate for possible fees, but you can check out the Michigan state parks website for updated info. Also don't forget Michigan has 3 national parks. Isle Royale is the least-visited park in the nation, and makes for a spectacular wilderness experience if you've got the time and energy. Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks are a little closer - Sleeping Bear is an easy 3-day weekend from metro Detroit. Spend a day or two on one of the Manitou islands this summer, and you'll drive back to Troy in tears wondering why you can't live there

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Waterloo-Pinckney Trail: Michigan hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing & geocaching near Ann Arbor, Chelsea, University of Michigan

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 03-28-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
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moldman & Pat,

Thanks for the replies, this is GREAT info! I'm excited to get there and experience what MI has to offer. I had suspected that it was an outdoorsy type area, and you've confirmed my assumption. Thanks!

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Old 03-28-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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One of my favorite hikes is the North Country Trail starting at Nichols Lake, going north. This is near White Cloud, MI (north of Grand Rapids).
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