Manceloa Snowshoe Hike


February 17, 2024    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


ORV Parking Lot
W326+H8 Mancelona, Michigan, Mancelona, Michigan

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The Jordan Valley 45° Chapter will be hosting a snow shoe hike on February 17th from Cinder Hill Rd. to Mancelona Rd.

~5.5 miles. We will gather at 10:am and head out by 10:30.

See map with mile markers (map was updated in late 2022).

We will meet at the ORV parking lot located on Mancelona Rd. at Sand Lake Rd., which is about a half mile west of the NCT trail crossing (mile marker 684.25). From there we will ferry hikers to the hike start on Cinder Hill Rd. (The trail crossing on Cinder Hill Rd. – mile marker 679.75 – is about 2.5 miles north of Mancelona Rd.)

First, we will walk about a half mile west to Five Lake (mile marker 679.25) and then back to Cinder Hill Rd. Second, we will hike the trail south to the trail crossing on Mancelona Rd. and then walk to the ORV parking lot at Mancelona Rd. & Sand Lake Rd.

Option – Consider driving directly to the Cinder Hill Rd. NCT crossing and do a yo-yo hike from Cinder Hill Rd. south with the group and back as far as you want to hike.

Following the hike, we will need to ferry drivers back to recover any cars posted on Cinder Hill Rd.

If there is interest in doing a longer hike, we will continue south from Mancelona Rd. to Sand Lake (mile marker 685.75) and back. That would add 3.0 miles.

The first half the hike is rolling hills and old growth forest and the second half relatively flat and near farm fields. It’s a beautiful section of trail! Snow shoes are highly recommended. Cross Country Skis may work but the trail is not groomed. Dress for the weather, bring water, snacks, and a camera. If you don’t bring a friend, one will be provided!

After the hike, we will meet for lunch at the Iron Skillet in Mancelona, next to the Rooted Store (stuff made in Michigan). We hope you can join us!

Day of hike contact Bob Courtois: (248) 212-6699

The Jordan Valley 45° Chapter’s trail runs from Starvation Lake Rd. (SE of Mancelona, mile marker 688.25) to Kipp Rd. (mile marker 608.50) near Harbor Springs. A terrific 79 miles of awesome lakes, valleys, hills, and wooded trail.

Monthly hikes are usually on the third Saturday of the month. Next Hike – March 16th, TBD Location: 44.902429, -84.949739