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Manistee River Hike

Cost: $60.00
Included: Travel, equipment, most meals
Depart: September 29 @ 9:00 AM
Return:  October 1 @ 6:00 PM

Nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forest awaits! 

The trail, with its steep slopes and sharp turns, meanders through native hardwoods and pines as it follows the east shore of the Manistee River for 10 miles through rolling hills.  The trail

traverses several wetlands and a waterfall near the northern end of the trail. The Manistee River Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail connector on the north end of the trail is also the site of the largest wooden suspension bridge in Lower Michigan.

*Backcountry hiking is camping without making use of tent sites previously designated by the landowner.
*Pack in, pack out - "Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints."

If you are driving, please park in R lot, we have overnight parking passes for that lot if needed. Just let us know when you get here and we will provide you a pass. (See campus map in link #2 for directions). Once you are in R lot, make your way to the Campus Recreation Center entrance and bring all of your gear in at this time.

September 29
Depart campus at 9:00AM from the Campus Recreation Center
Travel northwest of Cadillac, MI begin at the Upper River trail head
Hike north along the Manistee River Trail and camp for the evening
September 30
Continue hiking to the suspension bridge and the Manistee River Trail
Set up camp at Seaton Creek Campground
October 1
Return to campus no later than 6:00 PM

Food and Beverage
September 29
Lunch: Roadside stop along the way (Personal expense)
Dinner: Mountain House freeze dried meal- assorted
September 30
Breakfast: Apples, bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, granola
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly’s with trail mix
Dinner: Mountain House freeze dried meal- assorted
October 1
Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Roadside stop along the way (Personal expense)

Please bring a refillable water bottle to use.  Feel free to bring any snacks or other items you wish. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, please let us know at registration in order to make accommodations.

Packing List
Water bottle, hygiene items, sunscreen, flashlight, bug spray, additional clothes (2 extra pair of socks) camera, rain coat, comfortable closed toe shoes, second pair of comfortable shoes (to change into after hiking), water-proof bag, miscellaneous spending money

*We will provide tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads. Please feel free to bring your own equipment if you’d like.
*Please limit your belongings. What you bring, you will carry for over 11 miles.

Link #1
Manistee River Trail

Link #2
Campus Map