4/20/12 Bird Feeding HIKE
Saturday, April 20th at 12 Noon, we will be meeting at the Nature Center at Kensington Metro Park. We will be Hiking the Wing Lake Loop, where we will be hand feeding many of the local birds there. This is a wonderful experience for people of all ages. The local Birds have become calm with being hand fed along the Trails there.
Also part of our Hike will be some observing of the Heron Island in the lake. About 8 nests exist there, and the Great Blue Herons have returned for this years nesting season.
If we get real lucky.......just maybe the Osprey nest will be occupied, or the infamous "White Squirrel" will be spotted along the Trails. Either way, it is a beautiful Trail around the Lake and worth the Hike in itself.
Join us on 4/20/13 and have some fun out at Kensington.
Download a Flyer with more details and a map to where we will be meeting here:
Also download a actual Map of the Nature Trails at Kensington Park here:
|3/23/13 HERON HIKE|
This Saturday, 3/23/13 at Noon, we will be doing our 7th annual, Ashok Heron Hike at Holland Ponds park. The Park is located in Shelby Twp., macomb county, at Ryan rd. just north of 22 mile rd. After we meet in the parking area there, we will head over to both of the nesting areas. The Great Blue Herons just started returning to the Heronry last week, and starting to claim one of the 44 active nests from 2012.
bring along a pair of Binoculars and dress extra warm. It can get a bit chilly while standing and viewing the Birds there. The Trails are not extensive at the Heronry, so the main focus IS viewing the Herons. This would be a great Hike for a new Hiker or family with small children to attend.
We will have a new colored Map for everyone in attendance. Hope to see you all there.
Get a Flyer with more details and a Map to where we will be meeting at the Link provided here:
Get a copy of the latest Park map here:
|Top BLOG posts for 2012|
We just received our year end reports on the various Blogs we support. Check out the Links below and see what was the most viewed and enjoyed postings in 2012.
From Hiking Michigan's main BLOG:
From our newest BLOG for the Hiking North/Central Michigan Group:
|Tuesday, 18 December 2012|
|MERRY CHRISTMAS HM!!!!!|
Just wanted to wish all you Hiking Michigan people a very Happy Christmas and Merry new year. We had a little slower 2012 Hiking year due to some personal health issues, but things are progressing well now, and hopefully, with a little snow, we will be out on the Trails Snow Shoeing and Sledding. Still looking at breaking the 12 1/2 foot Snowman record as well.
Things get pretty hectic around this time of year and we sometimes can easily forget what it is all about. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, or whatever, we all need to take some time, forget the shopping, waiting, frustrations of traffic and work, and just relax for some time with our Families, Friends, and Loved Ones. Life is short and we never know just when our times are finished here on the planet. At least for these couple of weeks each year, lets take some time, Hug our Friends and Families and remember how lucky we are to have our health, have our Loved Ones and know that we are not alone.
We hope you all have a great News Years for 2013. At least here at Hiking Michigan we have many special outdoor explorations planned for all of you. It should be the best year yet. We are entering our 15th year in existence and our membership has grown to over 6,000 members. With the new expanded North/Central Group, led by our director Mark Wilson, we hope to become the largest outdoor organization in Michigan in 2013. This is all thanks to you HM members. You have created a warm, friendly and sharing place that absolutely anyone can come and feel right at home out on the Trails, even with complete strangers. That's YOU who has done that. Not the name Hiking Michigan. It has always been YOU members, doing what you all do best.......share your knowledge and outdoor experiences with everyone. You truly have lived up to our Motto....."OUTDOORS FOR EVERYONE".
Thank You all, and we will see you out on the Trails in 2013!!
|Saturday, 27 October 2012|
|New limited HIKES Schedule out soon|
I am very sorry we have not had much of a HIKES Schedule for either the Southeastern Michigan or the Hiking North/Central groups recently. For those of you who do not know this already, I had some heavy duty surgeries over the last 3 months, and the recoup time has exceeded what was expected.
We did sneak in the annual FEN Hike at Seven Lakes last month, and we also assisted the Scouts at Ortonville Recreation area in another Invasive Species removal at the FEN located at Algoe lake. But that has been about it.
We plan on releasing a new Schedule the last week of this month, October. The Schedule will have a couple of local Hikes in the Southeastern Michigan region, as well as a couple of Hikes for the new North/Central group. One of those Hikes will be a starter gathering for a project we will be conducting at the Green Pine Lake Trails area, near Clare. In conjunction with the county, the DNR and local Scouts, we will be restoring these trails to their original form. This includes new signage, Invasive Species removal, Trails trimmings, Bridge and Boardwalks rebuilt. The entire project will go into the summer of 2013.
For the Southeastern Michigan group, we will be doing a preliminary ORIENTEERING Hike. This will be a prelude to our longtime ORIENTEERING class being held all over the state in the Spring of 2013.
Our Aldo Leopold film showing of "GREEN FIRE" has been postponed until Spring of 2013 as well. We will still be showing the film, along with a Birding Hike at Hartwick Pines Park, near Graling Michigan. The film will also be shown at one of the upcoming "Snowshoe" building classes at Hartwick Pines this December. We will be doing our annual Snowshoeing basics this year again, as always. This Event is scheduled for Stony Creek Metro Park, where REI Representatives will instruct the group on Snowshoeing basics. Afterwards, REI has been kind enough to also furnish Snowshoes for everyone interested in trying out the different models they offer for sale in their outlets. After the Talk and Snowshoeing, there will be Campfire Vittles at the Nature Center's Fire-ring. It is always an excellent time!!!!!
I want to personally Thank all the members for their patience with the slow Fall Hikes Schedule, and all the good wishes you have sent my way during my recovery. Along with our new North/Central director Mark Wilson, we have some very big plans for Hiking Michigan, starting this winter and really going strong in the Spring of 2013. We have already been working very hard at making preparations and talking with the appropriate individuals to put together some simply amazing adventures for both Hiking Groups.
|Monday, 17 September 2012|
|FEN Hike Reviewed|
The perfect Day!!! We had an excellent time and learned alot as well. Nice to see many old friends and many new Hikers as well. Probably the best place to go is our Facebook page, where there is a nice HIKE review as well as many pictures from Lani on the Hike. I also did a review on the Blog as well at: http://hikingmichigan.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/seven-lakes-fen-hike-reviewed/
Our Facebook page address ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/HIKING-MICHIGAN/284929873737?ref=mf
Hope to see you all on the next Hike. Or stop by the Hiking Michigan display Tent at the upcoming Girls Scouts "International River Crossing" in Marine City. This will be a great time with lots to do both here and across the river in Canada.
|Thursday, 13 September 2012|
|9/15/12 FEN Hike|
This Saturday, 9/15/12 at 12 noon, we will be doing our annual FEN Hike at Seven Lakes State Park. We do this unique FEN area visit, every year. It is so unique of an environment, we never tire of what we find there. Carniverous Pitcher plants, rare Orchids and the occasional Massasagua rattle snakes, that love the fringes of the Fens. No Worries about these snakes though.
Wear some good boots or footwear because there are some wet spots there. Nothing to bad, just some standing spring water. Hope to see you all at Seven Lakes State Park this Saturday.
Download a Flyer with more details and a map to where we will be meetimng here:
Download a new map of the Park here:
At this past weekends National Trails Day Event, out at Oakwoods Metro Park, one of the highlights at the gathering, was the trips down the Huron river in the Parks 34 foot long, Voyager Canoe. What a unique experience to travel the river in this historic craft.
You can take a look at a short video we made on one of the afternoons many trips on the Huron river. What a great time!!!
|6/2/12 National Trails Day Event|
Every year Hiking Michigan does something special for National Trails Day. We were at Greenfield Village a few years back, did an Invasive species Pull on another and have had some special Hikes to celebrate our Trails in Michigan. This year we are sponsoring the National Trails Day activities at Oakwoods Metro Park/Nature Center, along with the FRIENDS of OAKWOODS.
On Saturday, June 2nd, at 9am-3pm, we will be joing a number of local outdoor groups with Tent set-ups and scheduled outdoor activities at the Nature Center. The day starts with an Invasive species pull of a nasty plant, the Bitterseat. After this early morning Pull, the various Outdoor Groups will all be set up down by the Huron river with Info, Scheduled activities and Free give-aways. The Park will have it's Voyager Canoe nearby for rides along the river. There is a Free Campfire Lunch provided and just all types of activities going on.
Come on out and join us for the afternoon. It's Free for the cost of a Park Pass.
You can download a Flyer with more details and a map to get you to the Park here:
|HIKIN' the BOONIES|
If you are looking for a real Hike over the Memorial weekend, then on Saturady, 5/26/12, at 9am, come on out and join our friend Jeff and Scout Troop 139 at Ortonville Recreation area for their, "HIKIN' the BOONIES" hike. This is a Hike for Cancer and if you register in advance, you can get a Patch or T-shirt. Registration is not required though. You can just come on out on Saturday morning and join in on the Hike if that is what you desire.
This is quite the Hike the Scouts will be doing. The destination is Pinnacle point, the highest place in the area. Rugged terrain and many hills await. But the beauty and diverse ecosystems are just spectacular!
If you wish to register in advance for a Patch or T-shirt, you can download the form and go from there. Here is the PDF file:
|HERON Festival reviewed|
A wonderful turn-out as always over the last 6 years, at the Ashok annual HERON HIKE. After some Heron viewing, park naturalist Dan Farmet took about 40 people on an extended nature Hike around the park. Bluebird eggs, rare Turtles and much more. Read the whole HIKE review and see some pictures on our Blog at:
|5/12/12 HERON HIKE/Festival|
It has become an annual tradition here at Hiking Michigan. The Ashok heron HIKE at Holland Ponds. Longtime member Ashok, suggested this Event some 6 years ago, to celebrate EARTH day. Which just went by a couple of weeks ago. We have adjusted the date of the Hike, to get a better chance at the eggs in the Heronry having been hatched, will support young Herons for our Hike.
We are meeting on Saturday, 5/12/12 at Holland Ponds Park, in Shelby Twp. at 12pm. There will be Maps of the Park amd Info sheets about the Great Blue Herons, for all in attendance. Also happening at thesame time is the Shadbush Nature Center's heron Festival and Spring Celebration. This starts at 9am, and people are meeting at the Nature Center and beingbusses over to Holland Ponds Park. The cost is $2.00 for the festival activities. Check out thye details on the Flyer below and the Link p[rovided here:
|5/5/12 N/C and S.E.MI. Groups HIKE|
On Saturday 5/5/12 at 1pm-4pm we will be joining the new expanded HM group out in the Manistee National Forest, along the Pere Marquette river, for their first HIKE. The new North/Central group is led by Mark Wilson and you will of course get a chance to meet him at this first HIKE.
Check out the BLOG for more details and Flyers and Maps for the HIKE. Come on out and show your support for the newly expanded North/Central Hiking Group.
|4/21/12 Holly Earth Day Trails Maintenance|
We assisted a number of local Scout Troops, last week, in starting a number of projects along opur favorite trail at Holly Recreation area, the Lakeshore Trail. This weekend, 4/21/12, 9am-12pm, we will be helping to finish up a bridge and Boradwalk and start on some Invasive species removal at the Park. What better way to celebrate EARTH DAY, then to give back a little bit to the outdoors that have given us all so much.
There will be a Campfire Lunch for all in attendance, as well as the latest Lakeshore Trail Map. Also set up at the Overlook Picnic site, our jump-off point for the day, will be our CAR CAMPING program. If you are new to Camping, this is a great place to start. Equipment and tents will be set up for your imnspection, as well as a nice Check-list style handout on Car Camping. Lots of experienced people will be on hand to answer questions or talk with you about Camping.
So come on out for this EARTH DAY Event and give a little back, have some great Campfire Vittles and talk Camping with some of the experts at Holly Recreation area.
Download a Flyer with more details and a map to where we all will be meeting here:
|4/14/12 Holly Lakeshore Trail redo|
This next Event is a loaded day of things to do. It starts off with Hiking Michigan participating in assisting a number of Scout Groups, the state DEQ and Park staff, in rebuilding trails, bridges and Boardwalks along our favorite trail.....the LAKESHORE Trail. We have used this trail for years for our day Hikes and many a Night Hike too. This give-back in Trails work happens between 9am-12pm. HM will then be supplying Lunch at the Lookout Picnic area. Hot Dogs, Veggie burgers, Muffins, Chips/Dip, and all kinds of deserts.
The day from there is still being planned. Pete and his Crew will be doing a back Packing/Car Camping sessions in the ORG Campground in prep for joining in on some of the new North/Central Hiking Groups activities this year.
There is also an inspection Hike being discussed with Pam from the DEQ, who will be IDing many special plants and trees along the Lakeshore Trail, for a guide Booklet HM will be sponsoring for future Hikers.
So lots going on this day, with some of the details still in the making. BUT.....the main theme of working at Trails rebuilding and Invasive species removals along our Trail is locked in and the main reason for this scheduled Event.
So show your support and give a little back to a Park and Trail system that has served our Group so very well, for so many years, and join us for this Saturday Event on the 14th of April. Hope to see you all there.
Download a partial Flyer of details and a map to where we are meeting for this day, here:
|3/31/12 Seven Lakes HIKE|
On Saturday, 3/31/12, 12pm-3pm, we will be exploring some of the many different trails at Seven Lakes State Park. Our guides will be Chris & Pam, who know this Park like their own backyard. It IS their own backyard.
The Park is a very diverse place, with many different habitats and a representation of almost every kind of tree that grows in our state. Later this year we will be back to examine the infamous FENS that are unique to the Park.
If the water table is high enough, we may even get a rare glimpse of the seven Lakes waterfall.
There will be detailed GPSed maps for all in attendance, and options for various length Hikes. Many time at Seven Lakes, we even do a second Hike after some nibbles back at the Dickensin Lake parking area. So..if you are feeling extra energetic, the 2 Hikes it will be.
Either way.come out and join us for a beautiful Hike on the rolling trails of Seven Lakes.
You can download a Flyer with more details and a map to where we will be meeting here:
You can download a detailed GPSed map of the Park here:
|3/17/12 Highland HIKE|
Time to HIKE the designated Natural Area at Haven Hill, Highland Recreation area. We will be starting at the Circle parking lot at 12 noon and heading for the north side of Have Hill lake. Some beautiful ecosystems there, with Boardwalks, Tamarack swamps and all, types of unique environments.
After circling the lake we will return through the private Ford nature trails at the far west end of the Haven Hill Natural area. Staircase cut into sides of hills, Ornamental ponds and lost unidentified structures dot this unexplored section of the park.
Don't miss this great combination of Nature and History in one afternoon. You will truly be surprised at the wonders of Nature that envelope the designated Natural Area at Haven Hill. It is not just the old home to the Edsel Ford Estate, but a unique natural area as well.
New detailed Haven Hill maps will be given to all in attendance as well as some surprises on hand.
Hope to see you all there.
Download a Flyer with more details about the HIKE and where we will be meeting at the Link provided here:
|Tuesday, 28 February 2012|
|3/3/12 Kensington HIKE|
So..along with our regularly scheduled Hikes at HM, we are experimenting with what we are calling Random Hikes. These Hikes will appear on the Bulletin Board, Blog and Facebook, as just random Hikes scheduled for a random weekend.
Our first Hike is at Kensington Metro Park, this Saturday at 12:30pm-4pm. We are meeting in the Parking lot, directly across from the parks FARM Center. The Hike will be split into 2 segments. Each one being a 4 mile trail loop. Everyone will have the option to just do the first 4miles and stop, or continue for a second 4 mile loop.
You can get more details and a map to where we will be meeting at the Flyer Link here:
Keep an eye out for these occasional Random scheduled Hikes. They are still sanctioned HM Hikes, just Hikes that have come up, inbetween our official scheduled Hikes. To be able to add more Parks and Hikes to our schedule and give more people, more opportunities to join us for a Hike or activity here in our beautiful S.E.MI. parks.
|Wednesday, 8 February 2012|
|Independence Oaks Hike|
What a beautiful day for the Independence Oaks hike of the "dual hike" last Saturday! 27 people showed up for the fun and friendship that is Hiking Michigan. Lots of people new to the group and lots of new friends made... a great big welcome to everyone! We hiked just under 5 miles, including the Ted Gray loop. A big shout-out to Rosie for co-leading and Larry for "sweeping", making sure no one was left behind, AND for the hot chocolate and wonderful goodies they brought for enjoying at the gazebo on the lake afterwards. Also, a big thank you to the Oakland County Parks staff for the fires they built just for us at the boat house and the Twin Chimneys pavilion. Just a wonderful day!
|2/4/12 DUAL HIKES scheduled|
We are doing something a little different for our February 4th Hike. It was originally scheduled for Ortonville Recreation area only. After talking with various members, some people wanted to Hike that day, but did not want the more strenuous hiking at the very hilly terrain of Ortonville Rec. area.
So Kim & Rosie offered to lead another Hike on the same day at the same time, at Independence Oaks county Park. The trails are much easier then Ortonville's, sometimes non-existent trails. There is some slightly rolling hills at the beginning of the Independence Oaks Hike, and then it is an easy hike around the Lake, and all the features, campfires and amenities the park has to offer. That included the beautiful Lewis E. Winy nature center, where everyone will be meeting for this hike.
The Ortonville hikers will be meeting at remote Algoe lake on Sawmill lake rd. I very much suggest that everyone attending either hike, download the Flyers we have made, which contain maps to the specific places each hike will be starting at.
So if you want some tougher trails and more rigorous hike on Feb.4th, the join us our at Ortonville Recreation area. If you just want the forests, lakes and nature center, then join us at Independence Oaks county Park. Both hikes start at 12pm and run until roughly 3pm. Join us.
If you have not been to Independence Oaks park before, check out the link to a short video we did this past weekend about the Park. http://youtu.be/WeKsECMorls
Download the Flyer with more details and maps to both of the Feb. 4th, Dual Hikes. We do suggest you download this Flyer if you are attending either, so that you can get a good idea of where we are meeting.