Jordan Valley 45 Chapter

winter snowshoeing near petoskey and fall at deadman's hill

Winter near Petoskey by Dove Day, Deadman’s Hill in Fall photo courtesy J45 Chapter.

About the Chapter:

Volunteers working on the Skyline Shelter

We are the Jordan Valley 45° Chapter of the North Country Trail. Our chapter is a great group of volunteers who maintain and develop the trail. We work with area landowners as well as local, state and federal government agencies in an effort to advance the NCT in our region. Through the sweat equity of our chapter, the Jordan Valley 45° section has seen dramatic improvements in our short history.

On the FUN side we frequently host area hikes, work projects, special events (National Trail Day, guest speakers, etc.) and regular meetings. Join us to find others whom love the outdoors and trail!

Our history: The Chapter was previously known as the Tittabawasse Chapter founded by Jerry Allen in 1998. In 2012, the Chapter was renamed for two of its most prominent features, the beautiful Jordan River Valley and the only crossing of the 45th parallel (halfway point between the Equator and North Pole) of the entire 4,600 mile North Country Trail.

“Destination Michigan” on WCMU produced a Facebook video for Michigan Trails Week 2018 featuring the North Country Trail just east of Petoskey and the Jordan Valley 45° Chapter. Check it out here.

Join us!

Follow this link to join to the NCTA and select the Jordan Valley 45° Chapter as your Chapter affiliation. Use the links below to connect with us about upcoming group hikes, events and trail projects.


Contact us using the links below to get involved, join a hike, or for questions about the Trail in our area:



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Trail Overview:

The Jordan Valley 45 Chapter is comprised of approximately 80 miles of trail in Northern Michigan that is a part of the 4,600 mile long North Country National Scenic Trail.  Our section begins at Starvation Lake Road in Kalkaska County and flows north to Kipp Road near Harbor Springs in Emmet County, Michigan.

This trail includes many diverse sections and features, from flat open meadows to the steep Chandler Hills that are part of the many rolling ridges of the northern Lower Peninsula. Our beautiful section of trail include the Jordan River a world class trout stream and National Scenic River that makes for an incredible backpacking loop as well as the only crossing of the 45th parallel on the NCT.

You’ll enjoy ridge top views, dramatic overlooks, open meadows and farmland, amazing rivers, springs, lakes and streams, diverse and plentiful wildlife and much, much more.  Find one of the many trailheads for a day hike or a campsite for a backpacking trip – all you need to do is follow the blue blazes!

Petoskey –Trail Town:

Petoskey North Country Trail Town Celebration

The scenic lakeside town of Petoskey, located on beautiful Little Traverse Bay, is a resort community that and popular tourist destination to this day. The NCNST heads through the heart of Petoskey with beautiful views and plenty of places to resupply or base your hiking adventures from. Learn more about the Trail Town of Petoskey here.

Area Links:

Suggested Hikes:

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Jordan Pathway Loop

Length: 18 miles (can be done in 2 days using state forest campsite)

Why Hike this section: Dramatic overlooks, world class trout river, old growth forest, beautiful rolling hills – an amazing landscape.

Driving Directions: Access from US131 at either Pinney Bridge Campground or Deadman’s Hill near Alba, Michigan.

Hiking Directions: It’s a loop! Follow the signs and BRING A MAP! View this hike on the online interactive map here.

Skyline Trail

Length: Up to 12 miles (round trip – in and out)

Why Hike this section: Amazing viewing platform at overlook, steep switchbacks, rolling hills.

Driving Directions: Access from Krause Road or Brubaker Road just south of Petoskey, Michigan east of US131.

Hiking Directions: Follow the signs and BRING A MAP!