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2014 Calendar of Events

The information listed in this calendar is our best assesment of what we hope to accomplish this year. Some of the details are yet to be determined and things may change as the year progresses. It is always best to check our website for updates or reach the contact person of the event for any last minute changes.

Occasionally, outings have to be canceled because of unexpected events. Outing leaders strongly urge you to sign up for all events using the e-mail links provided in each event, or phone number if you do not have e-mail, so that you can be notified in the event that plans change.


2014 Calendar
January February March April
May June July August
September October November December


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APRIL

Saturday, April 5th - Trail Work, Mena Creek Reroute

Complete construction of Mena Creek reroute south of Six Mile Road, Newaygo Co. Obliterate and naturalize vacated trail.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


Saturday, April 19th - 56th Street Reroute

Short re-route through a thick stand of jack pines to improve alignment where the trail crosses 56th Street in Newaygo County.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


Saturday, April 19 - 6 Mile NCT Day Hike

Day Hike, NCT, 18 Mile to 22 Mile, about 6 miles.

Meet at 10AM at the home of Glen and Barb Cazier, 1096 22 Mile Rd, Kent City, MI 49330. We'll carpool to 18 Mile Rd and hike for approximately 3-4 hours. Post-hike potluck will follow.

For further details, contact Barb Cazier at barbcazier@yahoo.com or (231) 834-8125.


MAY

Saturday, May 3rd - Trail Work, White Cloud Loop

Construct raised boardwalk north of White River (small crew). Replace steps on White River Bridge (small crew). Rehab bench behind water treatment plant destroyed by logging, re-align trail south of road by High School. Install trail junction signage.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com.


Sunday, May 4 - 6.5 Mile NCT Day Hike

Day Hike, NCT, 40th St. to Echo Dr., about 6.5 miles.

Meet at 10 AM at the 40th St. Trail Head, bring sack lunch. We will spot vehicles at Echo Dr. and walk south from there for approximately four hours.

For further details, contact Beth Keloneva at bkeloneva@gmail.com or (231) 215-3552.


Saturday, May 10th - Trail Work, White Cloud Loop

Completion of any projects not finished during the May 3rd trail work event.

For further details, contact Larry Meyer at lkmeyer@zoho.com.


Saturday, May 17 - Loda Lake Wildflower Sanctuary Day Hike

New parking area dedication and day hike in the sanctuary with the Garden Club.
1 - 4 PM.


Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26 - Pictured Rocks NCT Lakeshore Trail Hike

Join the Western Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association for a hike along one of the most scenic sections of the North Country Trail in Michigan. Members and non-members are welcome, though the group is limited in size so interested parties should register as soon as possible.

The trip has been planned based on designated group campsite locations, scenery, and a planned exit time that will allow for a nice post-hike pizza party and still ensure that those living anywhere from Grand Rapids to Detroit will be home before midnight on Memorial Day. Previous attendees have made this trip leaving Grand Rapids/Detroit as late as 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, so Friday and Monday might be the only days off of work that need to be taken in order to enjoy this relaxing trip.

The total distance covered will be 43.2 miles, broken down as follows: Friday 11, Saturday 12.8, Sunday 11.3, Monday 8.1.

Memorial Day is still early in the season at the Pictured Rocks, an area that has limited bail-out options. While there are plans in place for an evacuation should a true emergency occur, hikers should be prepared and committed to hike the mileage required.

The weather this time of year can vary. Past trips have witnessed lows around freezing and highs at 93 degrees! The sections of our hike that are along the lakeshore can be cooler than the inland areas, but these same sections can be challenging during times of rain, with strong winds off the lake making for cold and wet conditions. Swarms of mosquitoes should be expected while hiking just a few hundred feet inland from the beach, as well as when in camp at night. Hikers should come prepared for everything that a back-country experience in Michigan can offer.

Deadline for registration is May 12th - we have limited room on the permit so it's better to register earlier if possible. Those interested in attending this hike should e-mail Andy with their name, phone number, and the number of hikers they wish included on this trip.

Contact Andy Mytys at andy@followtheblazes.com or (248) 825-3148. Or, visit the event's website at http://www.northcountrytrail.org/wmi/events/piro.html for further details.


JUNE

June 28 - 29 - Mowing and More Weekend I
Mowing and chainsaw work along the length of the trail in Newaygo county. Participants are invited to camp out on Saturday night. Members may participate for one day or both days.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


JULY

July 12 - 13 - Mowing and More Weekend II
Mowing and chainsaw work along the length of the trail in Newaygo county. Participants are invited to camp out on Saturday night. Members may participate for one day or both days.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


AUGUST

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 27th - Trail Work, Condon Lake Reroute.

Begin construction of reroute near Condon Lake Significant benching.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


OCTOBER

Saturday, October 11th - Trail Work, Condon Lake Reroute.

Complete construction of reroute near Condon Lake Significant benching. Obliterate and naturalize vacated trail.

For further details, contact Paul Haan at phaan@me.com or (616) 734-9443.


NOVEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.


DECEMBER

There are no currently chapter events scheduled for this month.



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