Hike Planning

Pouring over hiking maps planning a hikeThe NCT is available for your next hour long trail run, a family camping/hiking weekend, a weeklong backpacking trip, or a once-in-a-lifetime 8-month long thru-hike.  Despite the fact the NCT is over 4,600 miles long; your adventure truly starts nearby as there are literally hundreds of places to access the trail ranging from remote wilderness areas to urban settings.
Below, you will find some useful background information that will help you out.  If you’re looking for a long trip, visit the “For long-distance hikers” section.  If you’re not quite that ambitious yet, check out the “For Shorter-distance hikers” section.

Specific topics

Updated – 11/30/2010 – Problems with this page?  Contact: mdavis@northcountrytrail.org


Alex Helman August 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I live in Houghton in the U.P of Michigan. I have been considering hiking the North Country Trail with a few friends. We are very experienced and ready for a long hike. I was just wondering how long the trail runs from one end of the U.P to the other.

admin August 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

The last guy that did the UP came in at about 550 miles, which agrees with our mapping data. Sounds like a great idea, I’d say go for it.

I’d be glad to help with any more questions you might have, you can email me at gis@northcountrytrail.org

dan hakala November 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Hi. Am looking at taking a group of Scouts possibly from the two hearted river into Grand Marais. Would like to end up with about 50 miles. Our kids have to be at least 13 to do our annual longer treks.
Have gone from Munising into GM already and some of NCT near Bruce Crossing into Porkies. Are there any charges along the trail I mentioned doing? Likely o’nite spots. Would likely do four nights.
Thanks for your help.