You’re invited to join us September 28, 2019 for a national celebration of the North Country National Scenic Trail!
Whether you join a local Chapter for a hike, or go out on the Trail with your family and friends, help us celebrate the nation’s longest National Scenic Trail coinciding with National Public Lands Day. Share your pictures on social media using #NCNSTDay
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Brule St. Croix Chapter: Paddle St. Croix Lake; Picnic and Hike
Saturday, September 28
All activities are at Palmer’s Landing / St. Croix Lake Trailhead, off County Highway A, 4 miles northeast of Solon Springs. At 10:00 AM, paddle Upper St. Croix Lake. At noon, bring a dish to share for the picnic at the Landing. At 1:00 PM, hike the Brule Bog Boardwalk on the North Country Trail, approximately 5 miles. Hike leader is Teresa Nelson, hiking coordinator for the Brule St. Croix Chapter. The event is co-sponsored by the St. Croix River Association and Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters. For additional information, contact Peter Nordgren at email@example.com.
Chief Noonday Chapter: NCNST Day Hikes
Saturday, September 21
Come explore and learn about the North Country Trail with the Chief Noonday Chapter, hiking on Saturday, September 21. Hikers will meet at 10:00 AM at the Middleville Gazebo (100 E. Main St., Middleville). You can choose to participate in a free, guided, 3-mile hike or a 10-mile hike. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a combination of natural and paved surfaces. There will be drawings for great NCTA gear and more, as well as a post-hike meet-up at the River Dog Tavern (117 W. Main St., Middleville). For additional information, please contact Jane Norton at 269-808-7334 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Chapter’s web page to learn more.
Peter Wolfe Chapter: New Trail Hike
Saturday, September 21
On Saturday afternoon, September 21, the Peter Wolfe Chapter invites you on a hike along a new stretch of NCT that the Chapter built last summer. We will start on Old US-41 at the historic Humpback Bridge south of L’Anse and hike the Sturgeon River upstream from Canyon Falls. This is about a 5-mile round trip hike along the Sturgeon River led by Mark Roberts on the new Chapter segments 60 and 61. Because this is an out-and-back hike, you can go a shorter distance if you prefer. Bring your normal hiking gear including water, snack, change of clothes, and your friends. Meet at the MDOT parking lot in L’Anse near the old Shopko at about 1:15 PM (EST). We will carpool to the start of the hike at the Humpback Bridge. Houghton area folks should meet to carpool at 12:30 PM at the Michigan Tech Rosza Center parking lot, on the far east side out from the main entrance. The hike will start at 1:45 PM at the Humpback Bridge on Old US-41 (usually a good dirt road) which is east of current US-41. See the drive route from the nearby Canyon Falls trailhead parking lot here. For directions to hike start from your town, here is a driving map. We will be hiking on the new North Country Trail going east from what is known as the Humpback Bridge on Old US-41 going upstream on the north side of the Sturgeon River for about 2.5 miles and then return via the same route. This is the start of our Chapter’s new trail to connect off-road to the North Country Trail Hikers Chapter boundary near Craig Lake. Until this new trail is finished going further east, long-distance hikers must walk across the Humpback Bridge, walk 5 miles on Old US-41, then walk a 5-mile stretch on current US-41 to N. Nestoria Road to hook up with the next Chapter’s trail section, leading to Marquette on the NCT. If you are participating in the 2019 Hike 100 Challenge, you can add 5 miles to your hike! After the hike, Grant and Renee have invited us to their cabin on Huron Bay for a potluck BBQ. If you want to join us please RSVP to Grant at email@example.com by Thursday, September 19, so they know how many of us to expect. Bring whatever you would like to put on the grill, your preferred drinks, a dish to share, a solid plate if you prefer that over paper plates, and a change of dry clothes.
Spirit of the Woods Chapter: NCTA Workday
Saturday, September 28
In observance of the special day, the Chapter will be clearing and restoring the Trail’s corridor through a historic logging area and scenic portion of the NCT, overlooking the Manistee River within the Manistee National Forest. The Trail along the river has become overgrown with native and invasive plants species due the very wet season we’ve had this this year. We going to be using brush saws and other tools in the areas of heavy vegetation to reestablish the trail corridor and removing cut vegetation. We’ll also be treating invasive species “cut-stumps” with herbicide, replacing several sagging boards on boardwalks, and adding additional Carsonite signage for better marking of the Trail. The work will be all along a 1.5-mile section (3 miles out-and-back) of the Trail in Leitch Bayou, a relatively flat, high grassy area of overlooking the river. We’ll meet at 9:00 AM on September 28 on FSR-8799 in Manistee County, where a spur trail to the NCT crosses the road just before the gated entrance of the Sawdust Hole Campground in the Manistee National Forest on the northern side of the Manistee River. The workday should end between 3:00 and 4:00 PM. The meeting place’s GPS coordinates are 44.2706540, -85.951121. Since most of the volunteers will be coming from the south, all should be aware that M-55 is closed between Wellston and M-37. The best way to get to the campground is from either: Off High Bridge Road from the Village of Brethren, by going east on Coates Highway 3.5 miles to Dilling Road, then turning right/south 2.13 miles on Dilling Road to FSR-8799 (entrance road to Sawdust Hole Campground). Or by going west off of M-37 at the intersection of M-37 and 30 Road in Wexford County, then west on 30 Road and south on N. Warfield Road at the curve, for a total of 4.95 miles. Then turn right and go west following Coates Highway westerly 6.3 miles to Dilling Road, then left/south 2.13 miles on Dilling Road to FSR-8799 (entrance road to Sawdust Hole Campground). The Sawdust Hole spur trailhead can be found via Google Maps. The North Country Trail ArcGIS map of the trailhead shows Sawdust Hole Campground south of the Trail at Mile 796 on MI-127. This link will bring you to the series of trail maps. Scroll to find MI-127 where the Sawdust Hole meeting point will be. Follow this link to download a map of the two driving routes available. Please plan to arrive at 9:00 AM. It is important as, in addition to our regular introductions, sign in, safety instructions and gab and gossip, we will be handling or be near tools and chemicals that will be new to us. We need the everyone there to hear clearly the instructions and safety concerns of what we will be doing out on the Trail, and it will allow us time to put teams together to handle the various work tasks we hope to complete that day. Also, a representative of the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Area will be there to instruct us in the proper method and being safe while treating Autumn Olive and Multiflora Rose out on the Trail. Wear clothing appropriate for the expected weather and at a minimum, because of the work activity that day: hat, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, shoes/boots plus long socks (preferably leather boots for those using power equipment) and gloves. For those volunteers that will be using powered cutting/sawing equipment and/or will be handling herbicide hard hats, safety glasses and chemical resistant gloves will be provided. Bring water, your lunch and/or snacks, your favorite garden pruning shears or sharpened loppers to use in clearing brush or branches within a 6-foot corridor (3 feet either side of the center of the trail treed) and 6-8 foot up. USFS current/certified sawyers may bring for their use, their chainsaws. Extra water for dispensing into volunteer’s containers will be provided, as will tools and materials for replacing deck boards on boardwalks and tools and material for installing new Carsonite signs along the Trail. Two gas-powered brush saws, one and mixed herbicide in containers with applicators (sponges mounted on handles) to paint the top of cut brush stumps, and one wheelbarrow. An additional two wheelbarrows could be used if anyone wants to bring theirs from home. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you will be coming, and/or if you have any questions or comments.
ADK-Onondaga Chapter: Adirondack NCNST Trail Clearing and Re-Marking, Little Woodhull Lake
Saturday, September 28
We will clear trail on the east end of the Little Woodhull Lake Trail (red trail) from the Sand Lake Falls Trail junction toward the lake. We will be side-cutting vegetation, sawing blowdown and posting markers. This little-used trail is starting to grow over. This is part of our ADK Chapter’s adopted trail on the North Country National Scenic Trail. We will cover approximately 6-8 miles. Please contact email@example.com for additional information and a specific meeting location; approximate location is between Forestport and North Lake. Meeting time is 8:30 AM.
ADK-Onondaga Chapter Affiliate: North Country Trail / Finger Lakes Trail Maintenance Hike
Saturday, September 28
We will do routine trail maintenance on the concurrent NCNST and FLT. Tools will be provided and no special skills are required. Bring lunch, water and work gloves, and dress for the weather. We will cover approximately 4-5 miles. Approximate meeting location will be between Syracuse and Cortland; please contact Tony Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and a specific meeting location. Meeting time is 9:00 AM.