Michigan and the Great Lakes

Backpacking in Michigan

Jim DuFresne

The complete and indispensable illustrated guide to long walks, overnight hikes, and wilderness treks in Michigan


With 65 photographs and 77 detailed maps, this indispensable guide to the state's hiking trails gives beginners to advanced hikers all the information they need to plan their next Michigan overnight or weekend backpacking trip. Featuring 50 trails—27 in the Lower Peninsula—ranging from one-hour to multiple-day treks in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Backpacking in Michigan has something for every hiker.

Information on hike length and difficulty, elevation gain, the amount of time needed to complete the hike, camping facilities, and nearby towns accompanies each of the trail listings. The author also provides extensive reference maps along with a description of scenic highlights. In addition to backcountry explorations of remote trails, Backpacking in Michigan includes classic Michigan adventures such as the Lakeshore Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Greenstone Ridge Trail in Isle Royale National Park, North Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and Jordan River Pathway in the Mackinaw State Forest.

While Backpacking in Michigan focuses primarily on the trails themselves, it also makes planning your Michigan adventure as easy as possible by providing important information on routes to and from the trailhead, as well as park fees and reservation information for shelters, walk-in cabins, rental yurts, and overnight camping.

Jim DuFresne is a Michigan native and author of more than a dozen wilderness, travel, and hiking guidebooks. He is author of Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails and Water Routes; 50 Hikes in Michigan: The Best Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks in the Lower Peninsula; Best Hikes with Children: Michigan; Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: A Backcountry Guide for Hikers, Campers, Backpackers, and Skiers; as well as The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes, copublished by the University of Michigan Press and Petoskey Publishing.

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Backpacking in Michigan-17

Lower Peninsula
1. Waterlooo-Pickney Trail-29
2. Potawatomi Trail-41
3. Wildwood Pathway-47
4. Highbanks Trail-51
5. Reid Lake Foot Travel Area-57
6. Hoist Lakes West Loop-63
7. Hoist Lakes East Loop-67
8. Big Sable Point Lighthouse-71
9. Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness-75
10. Big Sable Point-81
11. Bowman Lake Foot Travel Area-87
12. Pine Valleys Pathway-90
13. Sand Lakes Quiet Area-94
14. Jordan River Pathway-98

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
15. Platt Plains Trail-107
16. Valley View Trail-111
17. Bay-to-Bay Shoreline Walk-115
18. South Manitou Island-123
19. North Manitou Island-133

North Country Trail
20. NCT-White Cloud-143
21. NCT-Highbank Lake-149
22. NCT-Ward Hills-152
23. NCT-Manistee River Trail-159
24. NCT-Pere Marquette State Forest-167
25. NCT-Wilderness State Park-173

Pigeon River Country State Forest
26. Green Timbers Recreation  Area-183
27. Shingle Mill Pathway-187

Upper Peninsula
28. Horseshoe Bay Wilderness-193
29. Bruno's Run-197
30. Red Buck Trail-203
31. Pine Marten Run-205
32. The Rim Trail-211
33. Rocking Chair Lakes-219
34. McCormick Wilderness-222
35. Craig Lake Trail-227
36. Norway Lake Nature Trail-233
37. Sylvania Wilderness-237

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
38. Lakeshore Trail-245
39. Chapel Loop-259
40. Beaver Lake Loop-263
41. Fox River Pathway-267

North Country Trail
42. NCT-Tahquamenon Falls State Park-279
43. NCT-Tibbets Falls-285
44. NCT-Norwich Bluff-289

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
45. Lake Superior Trail-295
46. Big & Little Carp River Trails-303
47. Escarpment Trail-313

Isle Royale National Park
48. Greenstone Ridge Trail-321
49. Minong Ridge Trail-333
50. Feldtmann Ridge Trail-341

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 352pp.
  • 65 B&W photographs & 72 maps.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2007
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03268-6

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  • $19.95 U.S.