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    MI-TBD-June 7-9 2013 Looking for trip advice, first ever hike and hang

    Two friends and I are trying to plan a short backpacking and hammock camping trip this June in lower Michigan. Since I have learned all my hammock knowledge from HF I figured members of the trip planning section would help me learn how to plan a trip as well.

    We all live in SE Michigan and would be taking a half day on a Friday to drive to our destination and want to depart home Sunday afternoon. Can I get a few recommendations of places to research for 2 night hammock hang trip, with some hiking between.

    We are all experienced with rustic (no running water, poop in outhouse or hole) car camping (with tons of food and drinks), but none of us have ever carried our camp in.

    Thank you in advance for any recommendations or advice
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    Hello neighbor! North Oakland county here. For a first time 2 nighter, I'd recommend Hoist Lakes near Glennie or the NCT-MRT near Mesick. I've introduced a number of friends and their daughters to backpacking and those were the first two places we went to start. Since then, we've expanded our horizons to the Manitous, Porcupine Mountains, Grand Island and Pictured Rocks. Since your so close, go do an overnight to Pinckney rec area and hike in 7 or 12 miles to Blind Lake (depending on your route) and hike out the 5 miles or so the next day? It's a great trip and the perfect place to get used to the pack.

    The biggest lesson you'll learn is what to pack and what not to pack. Being overloaded is no fun and you learn from experience. Good luck and enjoy your first adventure.

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    Thanks Dave, I may have to try the Pinckney Rec single nighter in May in prep for the weekender in June

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    Nordhouse dunes wilderness is a great place to use for getting your feet wet. There's plenty of trees and its an easy bail if things go south on you. Nordhiuse is between Ludington and Manistee.
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    +1 to Hoist Lakes and Nordhouse. Watch the ticks at Hoist though. Might also want to look into Reid Lake Foot Travel Area, same neck of the woods as Hoist.
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    Best of luck on the trip!

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    thanks again for the advice guys, my friends and i car camp at nordhouse every year.

    I will see if any one else chimes in over the rest of the week, and try to select a location this weekend and start my planning.

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    My cousin strongly recommends me to make my first trip to oak openings in ohio, any opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kruski View Post
    My cousin strongly recommends me to make my first trip to oak openings in ohio, any opinions?
    I looked at Oak Openings ohio and the web site does not mention any backpacking trails, they may not have any walk in camp sites, so you may have to car camp and do day hikes if you go there.

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    Looks like the MI Spring Hang is going to be that weekend @ Nordhouse. If you guys come up to that you'll get more backpacking advice than you can stand!
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