In an effort to prepare for a long distance through hike of the Appalachian Trail I found the closest thing to it within driving distance of the Chicagoland area, printed a few maps, gathered up all the gear I intend to use on the AT (winter gear included) and headed out over labor day weekend.
Lat: N 44° 21′ 31.00″
Lon: W 085° 48′ 37.16″
Distance: 11 miles or 23-mile loop
Trail Type: Backpacking (2-3 days)
Terrain: Manistee River, suspension bridge, waterfall
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging
Nearest City or Town: Cadillac
- Have mercy, I’m outa shape!
- Ounces = pounds = pain.
- Bring a belt next time.
- If you tip over your dinner, you don’t eat.
- Shoes worked well but already show signs of wear after less than 30 miles.