Hiking Hogback Mountain

Considered Marquette's second most popular summit, Hogback Mountain's rugged terrain, hemlock forests, and stunning views make this an incredible hike. While the trail is well marked, getting to the summit of Hogback isn't easy. It is a strenuous hike across bare bluffs and up steep mountainside. The first half of the hike is easy and... Continue Reading →

10 Essential Items for Hiking

Being new to hiking can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. What do you have to take? What don't you really need? After all, you can't carry everything. What are the must-have items and why? Here are some basic items that are good to include in gear for any trip. Footwear Keeping your feet... Continue Reading →

Hike Lansing: Lake Lansing North Park

Finding a great place to hike when you live in Mid-Michigan can be challenging. The terrain is pretty flat and there is city everywhere but places like Lake Lansing Park North provide a break in the mundane. The park contains over 530 acres of natural recreation area, including over 5 miles of trails. That might... Continue Reading →

Hiking Thomas Rock

Thomas Rock, previously known as Gobbler's Knob, may not have the 360-degree views that the neighboring Sugarloaf Mountain has, but it still offers something spectacular. We discovered this scenic site back in 2013 and it has yet to lose its charm. Visitors follow a paved, interpretive trail to the top where they are greeted with... Continue Reading →

The 3 Layers of Winter

The cold and snow won't stop us from enjoying the outdoors. In fact, one of my favorite times of year to camp and/or hike is winter. No crowds, just us and nature. But before we hit the trails, we always ask: How are we going to stay warm? Proper layering plays a key role in... Continue Reading →

The Hike to Abram’s Falls

We decided to take the 5.2 mile round trip hike to Abram's Falls. The trail has a total elevation gain of 675 feet with the first part being almost entirely up hill. It's a bit rocky but nothing compared to the Appalachian trail we had hiked part of the day before.

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