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Andy Berner
(Berner9) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: Michigan GGG on 03/22/2014 19:34:08 MDT Print View

I need a lot of gear actually. Ive been offered some gear to borrow(got to love the people on this forum). Ill keep you updated and will see what I can come up with.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Michigan GGG on 03/22/2014 19:49:06 MDT Print View

Thats great Andy, hope you make it.

Peter Treiber
(peterbt) - M

Locale: A^2
"Michigan GGG (or just a plain old backpacking trip)" on 03/22/2014 21:29:45 MDT Print View

I enjoy doing it exactly the same way as Jennifer: head up the NCT, cross over, go down a bit on the MRT and camp on one of those terrific campsites on the bluffs Saturday night. Down the rest of the MRT on Sunday.
NCT from the south starts with a big climb to get you in the mood. Then teases you with view-less vistas. Really makes you earn those great river views around the bend. Love it!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: "Michigan GGG (or just a plain old backpacking trip)" on 03/22/2014 21:43:56 MDT Print View

A big climb in lower Michigan is something I do not often see.

Damn you Peter, you just made me home sick for Irish Mountains :-)

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 07:48:55 MDT Print View

@Jennifer, Oh no! I broke my ankle last March. I feel your pain!

I usually camp at the Seton Creek campground and drive to the Red Bridge in the morning. Not sure why I've never camped at the Bridge, though. I park in the NF parking lot on the NCT side.

The NCT is a bit of a slog but I usually do the loop anyway, and camp one night on the MRT, pretty much how Jennifer described it.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 08:07:01 MDT Print View

By the way the weather is now we could be on snow shoes by then :-)
I still getting down to 0F some nights here in central Michigan.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 10:21:19 MDT Print View

It seems I am the only one who doesn't think of the NCT side as a slog! No, it doesn't have the vistas that the MRT side has, but I really like the trail. I like the area around Eddington Creek (there is a very cool super secret campsite on the opposite side of the little "canyon" (not sure what else to call it) just as you approach the creek crossing. It has access to the creek and is tucked away in the pine trees.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 12:59:42 MDT Print View

I have never done the full circuit so cannot comment :-)

Sumi Wada
(DetroitTigerFan) - F

Locale: Ann Arbor
Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 13:30:15 MDT Print View

Ooooh, gonna have to look for that one! Eddington Creek is nice. Found a bunch of watercress growing there on a May hike. Yummy.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 15:07:24 MDT Print View

+1 on NCT side. It is a nice walk since the sides are so different.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 03/27/2014 16:01:58 MDT Print View

Tim,

You have to come :-)

Andy F
(AndyF) - M
Re: MRT in April on 04/10/2014 12:44:09 MDT Print View

Hi all,

Another trip closer to home came up, and I'm going to do that instead.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: MRT in April on 04/10/2014 13:02:28 MDT Print View

Hi Andy,

Thanks for letting me know.

Have a great trip.

Stephen

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
MRT in April on 04/13/2014 07:35:21 MDT Print View

Not long to go :-)

Night time temps of 18F the next few days in the area.

There has been enough snow melt the past week that snow shoes will probably not be required but micro spikes
And poles would be handy to have.

Dean L
(AldoLeopold) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Re: MRT in April on 04/13/2014 08:52:53 MDT Print View

NOAA snow depth chart shows 0" for the region as of today. The ten day forecast (Mesick) indicates after this Tuesday, highs generally around 50-55 lows mid 30's till 4-22. The Manistee river is at flood stage right now but should drop considerably since the snow is out.

I'm thinking lots of dry socks. :)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: MRT in April on 04/13/2014 08:55:33 MDT Print View

Yep, definitely lots of dry socks :-)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 04/13/2014 16:24:23 MDT Print View

Dean,

Here is a photo taken out the back of my house a few minutes again, its combined snow melt and rain yesterday.

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Dean L
(AldoLeopold) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 04/13/2014 18:18:13 MDT Print View

I went for a day hike back on Tuesday at a local park, it looked quite similar to your picture. I would imagine that your ground is still frozen a bit further down. Are you hearing any spring peepers yet? Hit about 78 here today, it was great!

Dean

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MRT in April on 04/13/2014 19:07:14 MDT Print View

It hit 74f today, plenty of wildlife around now.
I read somewhere last week that the ground is frozen to 5feet.

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Weather & River Report on 04/14/2014 08:11:46 MDT Print View

The following is as of 14April2014, 1000hrs.

River water level information ABOVE the dam and hiking trails.
http://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?config=&forecast=riversobs&gauge=MSKM4

Water level above H Dam

River water level information BELOW the dam and hiking trails.

wATER LEVEL below h DAM


River water level information BELOW the dam and hiking trails.
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=grr

Map below H Dam

River Level Below H Dam


Red Bridge Weather Forecast for the week of the 14th of April
http://www.findlocalweather.com/pinpoint/us/mi/red+bridge+lookout+tower/current702984.html

Red Bridge Weather Forcast

Manistee, Michigan, United States (49660)Weather Forecast first half of the week 21st...
http://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?config=&forecast=zandh&pands=manistee%2C+mi&Submit=Get+Weather

Forecast Manistee for wk 21

Edited by KENLARSON on 04/14/2014 08:51:27 MDT.