Jordan Valley 45° Chapter: Starvation Lake Rd. to Pickerel Lake & Picnic


June 17, 2023    
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Starvation Lake Road Trailhead
Starvation Lake Road, Mancelona, Michigan, 49659

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The Jordan Valley 45° Chapter will be hosting a hike on June17, 2023. We are starting summer with an out-of-chapter venture into the Grand Traverse Hiking Club’s section of the NCT. We will gather at 9:30am and head out by 10:00.

We will meet at the NCT crossing on Starvation Lake Rd. (mile marker 686.75), at the snowmobile parking lot just east of the trail crossing. From there, we will hike about 7.0 miles south to Pickerel Lake (mile marker 693.75, Pickerel Lake State Forest Campground). If 7 miles is a bit too far for you, we can post cars at the 4-mile mark on Twin Lake Rd. (mile marker 690.75).

See map and mile markers by clicking here.

The terrain is a nice mix of hills and level terrain, and is all-wooded. Along the way, we will pass MacNeil Pond (mile marker 687.75) and Eagle Lake (mile marker 688.55). This section is a real treat.

Following the hike, lunch will be served at Ellen & Dave Whitehead’s on Little Twin Lake (Just a 3-mile drive from the hike’s end on Sunset Trail). Ellen will provide brats, hot dogs and baked beans. Please bring a dish to pass. Somehow, we will ferry people back to their cars.

As always, dress for the weather, bring water, a snack and a camera. Bring a friend but, if you can’t, one can be provided.

The Jordan Valley 45° Chapter trail runs from Starvation Lake Rd. (near Mancelona) to Kipp Rd. in Harbor Springs, about 79 miles of awesome valleys, hills and wooded trail. Monthly hikes are usually on the 3rd Saturday of the month. (The Grand Traverse Hiking Club section of the NCT covers over 100 miles, beginning at Beers Rd. south Hodenpyl Dam and continues northeast to Starvation Lake Rd.)

Questions? Call or text Bob Courtois at (248) 212-6699 (put your name in the text so I know who it is). For this hike, you can also call Ellen Whitehead (231) 350-9057.