Manistee river trail, manistee national forest
Among one of the most popular trails in the Manistee, this 24 miler is split by the Manistee River half and a small stretch of the North Country Trail, a trail that starts up in the New York/Pennsylvania border and ends all way up in North Dakota. Don't worry, we'll only ask a few miles of you.
On the Manistee River side, experience the dramatically high and steep banks of the river and watch as it bends and meanders through its mixed hardwood home. On the North Country Trail side, expect a couple surprising climbs that will earn your respect but reward your hard work. The days can be long and challenging but the points you'll earn on the trail come in the form of solitude, starlight and perhaps a surprise or two your guide can show you.
Strap on those hiking boots, we've got some ground to cover.
This trip has seasonal restrictions and is only available before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.
Deploy: Bright and surly on Friday, we're meeting at 6:15 a.m., Osmium Coffee to hit the road by 6:30 a.m.
Embark: 2:00 p.m. Eastern is when we put boots on the ground.
Return: This trip is recommended at three nights so the distance can be broken up into four hikes. The bold may conquer the loop in three, your guide is up to it, but why not stay a while? The two night will return on Sundays, roughly 5:00 p.m. Central. Three nighters will return at the same time on Mondays.
$400/person for a two night crucible
$550/person for the scenic three nighter
Includes full outfitting, transportation and trail snacks.