Very Cool Michigan High Adventure  Outings Steve Lagreca swtrekker@wowway.com  Philmont Contingent Leader, New Michigan Co...
What is “high adventure”? "Young people today seek greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. High-ad...
Tri-county High Adventure
Hike the Potawanami Trail BSA Great Sauk Council (Ann Arbor) Provides over 11,000 acres with a wide variety of activities ...
Hike the Wilderness Trail BSA Tall Pines Council (Flint) A 10-mile scenic hiking trail located on state land in the Holly ...
Hike the Chief Pontiac Trail BSA Clinton Valley Council (Sterling Heights) Pontiac became chief of the Ottawa Indians in 1...
Hike the Midland to Mackinac Pathway  BSA - Lake Huron Council <ul><li>Ancient Indian Pathway (coolest hike in Lake Huron ...
High Adventure within a (long) day’s drive.
Hike the North County Trail http://www.northcountrytrail.org/ <ul><li>North County Trail  </li></ul><ul><li>North Dakota <...
Ride Mt. Bikes on Grand Island, MI. <ul><li>At Grand Island, where sandy beaches and sheer cliffs rim the island and catta...
Kayak & backpack through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI. <ul><li>581 miles of Michigan trails are part of the North...
Hike up Mt. Arvon, the highest point in MI. <ul><li>We walked through the birches to the 1,979’ summit. We could see Lake ...
Hike & camp at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The last extensive tract of old-growth hardwood-hemlock forest r...
Fish & backpack at Isle Royale National Park, MI. <ul><li>Isle Royale is the largest island in the largest freshwater lake...
White water rafting & backpacking on the Menominee, MI. The towering cliffs hold the high volume of the mighty Menomonee, ...
Rock-climbing & hiking in Hocking Hills State Park, OH Traipse through cool woodlands, gorges, 150-foot-high cliffs, into ...
Wild Cave Tour in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY. On the surface, Mammoth Cave National Park has its own striking beauty o...
 
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Exciting, adventurous campouts for Michigan Scouts, Venturers, and those who enjoy the outdoors.
- Michigan's Tri-county area
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  1. 1. Very Cool Michigan High Adventure Outings Steve Lagreca swtrekker@wowway.com Philmont Contingent Leader, New Michigan Council Associate Advisor, Venturing Crew 1716
  2. 2. What is “high adventure”? &quot;Young people today seek greater challenges to their physical and mental abilities. High-adventure activities entice them to 'stretch' to attain the goal of successfully completing an exhilarating outdoor experience. A high-adventure trek is a joyous opportunity--beyond the scope of the routine. It is more than just a scenic outdoor experience. It is more than just a physical challenge. It is an experience in living and cooperating with others to meet an exciting challenge. It is learning to overcome difficulties and learning to live in harmony with nature.“ - Introduction to “ BSA Passport to High Adventure &quot;:
  3. 3. Tri-county High Adventure
  4. 4. Hike the Potawanami Trail BSA Great Sauk Council (Ann Arbor) Provides over 11,000 acres with a wide variety of activities for the park visitor in its three major use areas: Silver Lake Day Use area, Bruin Lake Modern Campground and the Halfmoon Day Use facility. The landscape, a terminal moraine area, was formed during the last glaciation period. http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.asp?id=484 Pinckney Recreation Area Potawanami Trail BSA Camp Munhacke, Great Sauk Council , 20120 Bartell Road, Gregory, MI   The Potawatomi Trail is a 17 mile hike in the Pinckney Recreation Area. The trail is almost completely in undeveloped territory, followed gravel roads only a few hundred feet. The area abounds in wild life from chipmunks to the whitetail deer. Canadian geese winter an nest in the area. Cedar posts mark the trail. Potawatomi Indians utilized the area near Pickeral Lake as their summer hunting and ceremonial grounds. The trail crosses creeks and streams that were segments of the Indian canoe route across Southern Michigan. The trail is within 1/2 mile of Hell, Michigan, where food refreshments, and souvenirs are available. http://www.bsa-greatsauktrail.org/camps/index.htm Any 5 mi segment 17 mi loop 17 miles repeat
  5. 5. Hike the Wilderness Trail BSA Tall Pines Council (Flint) A 10-mile scenic hiking trail located on state land in the Holly Recreation Area of Northern Oakland County. The trail winds through dense woods, climbs high ridges, follows along meandering streams, skirts numerous lakes and leads the hike through lush marshlands. It provides a bounty of subject for nature studies, including a wide variety of wild flower and plant life. Over 200 type of birds have been identified in the area and deer are seen grazing along the trail and in neighboring fields. Beginning at the organizational campground located on McGinnis Road, the trail is marked with red pines painted on trees. The trail starts and ends at the same p9oint. In some places, the trail winds near county roads, so vehicles may meet hike designated pickups. A blue-blazed loop marks a 5-mile trek. Holly Recreation Area Located within the northern portion of Oakland County between Pontiac and Flint, is less than an hour's drive from the Detroit metropolitan area. The park's nearly 8,000 acres of rolling woodlands and open fields provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.asp?id=459
  6. 6. Hike the Chief Pontiac Trail BSA Clinton Valley Council (Sterling Heights) Pontiac became chief of the Ottawa Indians in 1755. He soon became the head of the Council of Three Tribes, an intertribal group consisting of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwa people. The French traders and the Indian tribes had coexisted well, trading furs for supplies like food, guns, ammunition, and tobacco. In 1760, the British had just defeated the French and taken over their forts. Sir Jeffrey Amherst, Major Robert Rogers and British/colonial troops occupied Fort Detroit, and the British took possession of other forts around the Great Lakes region. Some of the British, including Amherst, were contemptuous of the Indians, limiting trade and angering the tribes. <ul><li>A 16.7 mile hike that may be accomplished in two ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Hike the entire Trail over two (2) days, starting at either end, with your overnight camp at the Pines Campsite, Proud Lake SRA, or in one (1) day with your camp at either end of the trail. </li></ul><ul><li>Hike at least 6.2 miles of the Trail and canoe the Huron River between Proud Lake SRA and Kensington Metropark. You could Hike from Highland SRA or Kensington MP to Proud Lake SRA and canoe downstream to Kensington or Hike from Heavner's Canoe Livery to the North Boat Launch in Proud Lake SRA then canoe to Kensington MP group camp, and hike back to Heavner's after an overnight camp at Kensington MP. You may have your canoes delivered to your starting point and picked up at your ending point. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Hike the Midland to Mackinac Pathway BSA - Lake Huron Council <ul><li>Ancient Indian Pathway (coolest hike in Lake Huron Area Council) </li></ul><ul><li>The Midland to Mackinac Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Ancient 210-mile Indian footpath </li></ul><ul><li>Hiking and cross country skiing trail stretching from Midland County to Mackinaw City at the tip of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. </li></ul><ul><li>For hundreds of years, this trail was used by Native Americans as a seasonal path for hunting, trapping and gathering foodstuffs. </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively isolated, passing through parts of only two communities -- Cheboygan and Mackinac City. </li></ul>
  8. 8. High Adventure within a (long) day’s drive.
  9. 9. Hike the North County Trail http://www.northcountrytrail.org/ <ul><li>North County Trail </li></ul><ul><li>North Dakota </li></ul><ul><li>Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>Wisconsin </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>New York </li></ul>581 miles of Michigan trails are part of the North County Scenic Trail --more than in any other state. Some feel that the segment within Pictured Rocks NL may be the most scenic of the entire trail. This 43-mile segment parallels the shore of Lake Superior, sometimes at beach level and sometimes on top of the high, colorful, sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views across and down into the clear waters of Lake Superior.
  10. 10. Ride Mt. Bikes on Grand Island, MI. <ul><li>At Grand Island, where sandy beaches and sheer cliffs rim the island and cattail/cedar swamps, hemlock stands, and northern hardwood forest cover the gently rolling terrain of the island's interior. Bald eagles, black bear, and the common loon are some of the animals that live on Grand Island. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ferry will take a short trip around the Island where you can view historic sites of Native American settlements and you will also get a good look at the East Channel Lighthouse and the Bermuda ship wreck. </li></ul><ul><li>There are six designated camping sites on Grand Island. Random camping outside these sites are permitted. Boardwalk and observation platform at Trout Bay beach. </li></ul><ul><li>Hiking and mountain biking are popular day time activities; some roads are shared with motor vehicles. Hiking trails: easy to moderate, many loops, 2km to 30km. Mountain biking ability: novice. Terrain: flat 20%, moderate 80%, hilly 0%, steep 0%. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 3 day weekend & up </li></ul><ul><li>Crew size: unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: ferry - $7 =>12, $3 bike </li></ul><ul><li>Possible drawbacks: primitive camping, insects? </li></ul>If you like hiking along sandy beaches, taking a dip in clear refreshing water, biking atop 300 foot sandstone cliffs with a spectacular view of Pictured Rocks, or camping beneath a sky filled with stars, then Grand Island is the place for you.
  11. 11. Kayak & backpack through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI. <ul><li>581 miles of Michigan trails are part of the North County Scenic Trail --more than in any other state. In the Upper Peninsula, the best long distance hikes can be found in Porcupine Mt., Ottawa and Hiawatha Nat’l Forests, and Pictured Rocks. Some feel that the segment within Pictured Rocks NL may be the most scenic of the entire trail. This 43-mile segment parallels the shore of Lake Superior, sometimes at beach level and sometimes on top of the high, colorful, sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views across and down into the clear waters of Lake Superior. More people may be encountered along this segment, because it is within an already popular destination park and because it is so convenient to hikers due to the shuttle service provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: 2.5 day weekend & up </li></ul><ul><li>Crew size: unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: sea kayak $55 youth, $69 adult, guided, any skill. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hike up Mt. Arvon, the highest point in MI. <ul><li>We walked through the birches to the 1,979’ summit. We could see Lake Superior through the trees but that was it for views, so we settled for signing the log in a Boy Scout canister. </li></ul><ul><li>The route is the most complicated of any state highpoint, criss-crossed with old logging trails, however it is clearly marked with blue signs. </li></ul><ul><li>The round trip from L'Anse takes about three hours. We ate at the Hilltop Restaurant, famous for its huge sweet rolls. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are a mountain biker, there are more trails here than you could ride in a lifetime. An enjoyable way to do this highpoint would be to park at the DNR access site near the intersection of Roland Lake Road and Ravine River Road and bike the rest of the way. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: long day weekend </li></ul><ul><li>Crew size: unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: low </li></ul><ul><li>Possible drawbacks: 1.5 day drive </li></ul>
  13. 13. Hike & camp at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The last extensive tract of old-growth hardwood-hemlock forest remaining in the Midwest. It is Michigan's largest state park and one of the Midwest's largest wilderness areas. From the towering cliffs of the escarpment, see spectacular views of Lake of the Clouds, a slender wilderness lake stretching out between the rugged escarpment cliffs and the heavily forested interior uplands of the mountains. The park is well known for its extensive trail system . Nearly 100 miles of wilderness pathways traverse the rugged interior. Trails pass through big-tree forests, atop rocky cliff tops, alongside cascading rivers, and to scenic lakes and vistas. Trails range from short day hikes to routes that take several days to complete. Several hiking trails fan out from the overlook. The scenic Escarpment Trail travels the ridge-tops affording hikers with many scenic views. The Big Carp River Trail follows the cliff-line west bound for Shining Cloud Falls and the mouth of the Big Carp some 9 miles away. The Presque Isle Falls Scenic Area is designated a Wild and Scenic River, the Presque Isle meanders for several miles through the park before joining Lake Superior. <ul><li>The waterfalls and rapids at the scenic area are the largest in the Porcupine Mountains. The biggest of the bunch is Manabezho Falls, considered by many to be one of Upper Michigan's most spectacular. Stairways and boardwalks parallel the river and provide access to the best views of the river. A suspension bridge crosses the river near its mouth offering outstanding views of the river as it tumbles into Lake Superior. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: week </li></ul><ul><li>Crew size: unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: low </li></ul>
  14. 14. Fish & backpack at Isle Royale National Park, MI. <ul><li>Isle Royale is the largest island in the largest freshwater lake on earth. Visitors are drawn to this secluded get-away spot by its beauty, solitude and opportunity to get close to nature. Here are a few things you may want to do while here. </li></ul><ul><li>Wild animals, pristine forests, crystal clear lakes and rugged shoreline are a few of Isle Royale National Park's many fine features. This island archipelago is 45 miles long and nine miles wide at it's widest point. </li></ul><ul><li>Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails and 36 campgrounds for backpackers and recreational boaters. There are many different wildflowers, orchids and trees as well as wildlife on the island. Trails are generally well-defined and easy to follow. Most hikers average a two mile-per-hour pace and find a ten mile day to be plenty. There is excellent Lake Superior fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and plenty of spots to observe wildlife. Ranger / Naturalist walks, talks, boat tours and campfire programs runs from June through Sep. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: August </li></ul><ul><li>Crew size: unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Duration: week </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: $97 transportation (round trip via boat) </li></ul>“ People go to Isle Royale not to sightsee but to escape. They don’t merely want to see the wilderness but to experience it -- impossible on a 2-hour visit. To fully appreciate and understand Isle Royale, you must grab your paddle or your hiking boots and wander off for a week or more into the tranquility of its woods. Only then will the shores of the Island beckon your return.”
  15. 15. White water rafting & backpacking on the Menominee, MI. The towering cliffs hold the high volume of the mighty Menomonee, one of the greatest flows in the Midwest. (1500-15,000cfs..) Mishicot falls is the gateway to the gorge. Riverwide, and 10-15 feet high, eyes open big when the world falls from beneath your 18' raft and turns into a huge torrent of whitewater. Giant holes and huge waves are the bill of fare today! The big wave train below the falls leads you toward Volkswagon Rock. VWR is a piece of the falls ledge that broke off and wedged up onto another ledge. When the river is high enough, the pour-over dome shape looks like a VW Bug with a huge hole behind it! After 'the rock' there are some smaller rapids, and then the Twin Sister rapids. Rafters will love it as they punch through these boat swampers. The really cool part is, you get to do it TWICE! After you run the gorge, you go up onto the cliffs and watch your friends run the gorge, then you do it again! Very cool. After your second run, you still get to run Terminal Surfer Rapid before the end of your trip. Terminal Surfer is a huge back-rolling wave, similar to that found below a low-head dam. Gather your momentum on this one, and paddle!paddle!paddle! Availability: Memorial to Labor day Cost: ~$40 “ People go to Isle Royale not to sightsee but to escape. They don’t merely want to see the wilderness but to experience it -- impossible on a 2-hour visit. To fully appreciate and understand Isle Royale, you must grab your paddle or your hiking boots and wander off for a week or more into the tranquility of its woods. Only then will the shores of the Island beckon your return.”
  16. 16. Rock-climbing & hiking in Hocking Hills State Park, OH Traipse through cool woodlands, gorges, 150-foot-high cliffs, into caverns, and underneath waterfalls. Discover an enchanted forest. As you go into the gorges it gets darker, cooler, overgrown with ferns and mosses. The kids felt like there was a dragon around every corner ” Old Mans Cave trail has been designated as part of Ohio's Buckeye Trail as well as part of two national systems - the North Country Scenic Trail and America's Discovery Trail. Along the length of the trail the magnificent gorge cuts through the 150-foot thickness of the Blackhand sandstone. Ash Cave is the most spectacular feature of the park, and the largest, recess cave in Ohio. The approach is through a narrow gorge lined with stately hemlocks and massive beech trees. The valley floor offers brilliant displays of wildflowers in the all seasons including trillium, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lily, Jack-in-the Pulpit and jewelweed. The gorge with astonishing suddenness gives way to the tremendous overhanging ledge and cave shelter. Conkle's Hollow is a rugged, rocky gorge. The valley floor is a veritable wilderness covered by a profusion of ferns and wildflowers while hemlock, birch and other hardwood tower overhead. The growth is so thick in places that little or no sunlight reaches the deep valley floor. Activities: hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and canoeing. Availability: spring (waterfalls dry up in summer) Cost: campsites $14-17 per night Much has been written about Ash Cave … each observer will see it differently; and as natures seasons change, as well as the seasons of his own life change, his viewpoint surges to new proportions. From &quot;the big sandbox house&quot; of childhood, to &quot;the place of enchantment&quot; of the romantic years, to &quot;a place of majesty and awe&quot; as knowledge and depth of understanding grow, Ash Cave can always present a fresh outlook for the wonderer.
  17. 17. Wild Cave Tour in Mammoth Cave National Park, KY. On the surface, Mammoth Cave National Park has its own striking beauty of flowers, trees, birds, hiking trails, deer, and many other natural wonders. However, equally as beautiful as the surface and even more breathtaking lie the wonders and mysteries of Mammoth Cave and its underground network, which forms the world's longest cave system. Mammoth Cave, as its name suggests, is the world's most extensive cave system, with 300 miles of passages that are known and more that have not been explored. Located in central Kentucky, this subterranean phenomenon was created more than several million years ago as water worked its way through limestone deposits, dissolving the rock and carving underground passageways to connect with the nearby river. Over the ages, the water table slowly dropped leaving narrow horizontal tunnels, broad caverns and giant vertical shafts linked in a many-leveled labyrinth . The lower passage ways are still being enlarged by streams and rivers. Water seeping into the cave creates stalactites, stalagmites and white gypsum crystal formations that decorate some of the passages and rooms. Crawl, climb, and squeeze through small passages off traditional tour routes. Helmets and lights provided. Kneepads available for this tour, but you may bring your own - rollerblade-type or hard plastic kneepads not allowed. Boots required. Gloves and long pants strongly recommended. Bring a lunch and a small water bottle in a small &quot;fanny&quot; pack. Restrooms available. Fee: $35.00.

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